TEPSA Newsletter

 February 2018



‘Spitzenkandidaten’ – the need for a smart solution

Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

During their informal meeting of 23 February, Heads of State and Government discussed three issues: the composition of the European Parliament after the 2019 elections (and after ‘Brexit’); the merger of the posts of President of the Commission and President of the European Council; and the issue of lead candidates of European political parties participating in the European elections as front-runners for the position of President of the European Commission...

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TEPSA institute of the month


Federal Trust for Education and Research

The Federal Trust is a think tank that studies the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government. Founded in 1945 on the initiative of Sir William Beveridge, it has long made a powerful contribution to the study of federalism and federal systems...

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News from the TEPSA Secretariat


• TEPSA selected for Europe for Citizens Operating Grant

• TEPSA/IHS awarded the grant from the Central European Initiative (CEI) Cooperation Fund

• TEPSA as one of the leading think-tank networks in the world by the Global Go To Think-Tank Index

• TEPSA Chairman Michael Kaeding visited NUPI to talk about the role of the new German government in the EU

• Save the date: Pre-Presidency conference in Vienna (Austria), 7-8 June 2018


PONT News 


• Call for applications: TEPSA's Career Skills Training III (Brussels, 14-18 May 2018)

• The 6th Meeting of the PONT Steering Group took place in Brussels on 8 February

More news from the PONT project




• FEUTURE Online Paper No. 13: "EU and Turkish Energy Interests in the Caspian and Middle East Region", Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, Kamaran Palani, Giorgi Babunashvili, Jackson Balisdell

• Feuture Voice No. 4: “Beyond the storm in EU-Turkey relations” (January 2018)

More news from the FEUTURE project





• The call for the VIADUCT Student Paper Competition is now out!

• Call for papers: VIADUCT Policy Paper

• Extensions of the deadline for sending candidatures for the VIADUCT Teaching Award

• VIADUCT is also on Twitter and Facebook

More news from the VIADUCT project 



• SEnECA project: the first Newsletter is out

• SEnECA is now on Twitter and Facebook! Follow us to keep up with SEnECA activities on EU-Central Asia relations

• SEnECA project official website is now available! Learn more about all the project activities!

• The 1st Networking Conference and Review Workshop of the Project "Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations" will take place in Rīga, Latvia, 17-19 April 2018.

• SEnECA Blog: My first journey to Central Asia, Katrin Böttger (IEP, Germany)

More news from the SEnECA project


 News from TEPSA Members and Friends


•  The Institute for European Studies will host a European Direct Information Centre (Institute for European Studies, Malta)

• Post-Brexit Europe: Lessons from the EEA (PELEEA) – Start-up of a new Jean Monnet Project (IIA, Iceland)

• Razumkov Centre Has Gone Up in the Ranking of World’s Top Think Tanks, (Razumkov, Ukraine)

• Start of the project “Europeanization beyond process – Berlin Policy Hub” (IEP, Germany)

• IWE on the ranking list of Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (IWE, Hungary)

• Launch of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative – J.E.D.I (IAI, Italy)


More news


Upcoming calls


• Last days for sending application for the VIADUCT Teaching Papers

• VIADUCT Student Paper Competition

• Call for papers: VIADUCT Policy Papers

• CIFE launches new Master in cooperation with the School of Government LUISS: Joint Master in Global Economic Governance and Policy Affairs

• Call for Applications: WEASA 2018 Edition

• Open for applications: Master in Advanced European and International Studies - Trilingual Studies in Nice-Canterbury-Berlin

• Call for Abstracts: Navigating the Storm: The Challenges of Small States in Europe (NAS) International Workshop at the Institute for European Studies at the University of Malta

More upcoming calls


Upcoming events



1 March 2018: Book launch: "Governing Europe - a Federal Experiment" by Andrew Duff (The Spinelli Group)

8 March 2018: Presentation of the book “The EU, Resilience and the MENA Region” (IAI, Italy)

13 March 2018: ENP Round-table Debate: Living in Limbo: Whither human rights and civil liberties in the South Caucasus? (CoE, Natolin Campus)

22 March 2018: High-Level Lecture on Transatlantic Affairs: “The Future of Transatlantic Relations” (College of Euroe, Bruges Campus)

23 March 2018: Public event "Baltic EU Conversations 2018: Is Europe Back" (Liia, Latvia)


More upcoming events

Click here for the the events archive.


Latest publications from the TEPSA network




Economy & Trade  


• Big states, big business, troubled societies, Andrés Ortega (Elcano Spain)

• "EU trade policy towards neighbours: experiences and perspectives", Sakariya Yayincili (IWE, Hungary)

• "Trade and investment in Central Europe: the lessons of transition for post-socialist Southeast Asia" Ágnes Orosz- Ágnes Szunomár (IWE, Hungary)

• A year of Trump and trade policy, Federico Steinberg (Elcano, Spain)

• Chinese investment in Spain: open for business, but not at any price, Mario Esteban, Miguel Otero-Iglesias (Elcano, Spain)

More publications on Economy & Trade



Human rights & Migration 


• Human rights in Ukraine and the EU response, including relevant activities of the European Parliament, András RÁCZ, Narine GHAZARYAN, Sergiy GERASYMCHUK (European Parliament)

• The weaknesses of Spanish emigration, Carmen González Enríquez, José Pablo Martínez Romera (Elcano, Spain)

• "Moral Panics and Punctuated Equilibrium in Public Policy: An Analysis of the Criminal Justice PolicyAgenda in Britain", Colin Hay, Will Jennings, Stephen Farrell et al. (Sciences Po, France)

• "Containing the Refugee Crisis: How the EU Turned the Balkans and Turkey into an EU Borderland", Jonathan Zaragoza-Cristiani (IAI, Italy)

More publications on Human rights & Migration



Climate & Energy 


• Year one of Trump´s energy policy, Gonzalo Escribano (Elcano, Spain)

• "Energy Union Watch, No. 10", Nicolò Sartori (IAI, Italy)

• IWE Working Papers: "Managing energy supply security and gas diversification in Hungary - Putting theory into practice", Csaba Weiner (IWE, Hungary)

More publications on Climate & Energy



National Politics 


• Trump's first year at the helm: Towards a zero-sum world?, Ville Sinkkonen & Mika Aaltola (FIIA, Finland)

• Uncertainty in the Italian election: Towards a political stalemate?, Marco Siddi (FIIA, Finland)

• Yearbook article "Italy" (IEP, Germany)

• Three lessons from the Czech presidential election, Jan Rovny (CNRS-SciencesPo, France)

• Franco-German cooperation: A compromise between vision and reality?, Paul Schmidt (ÖGfE, Austria)



More publications on National Politics


European Commission public consultations 


The European Commission has launched a public consultation concerning issues regularly covered by member institutes of the TEPSA network. 

• Public Consultation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain

• Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the European Union’s Policy Coherence for Development (2009-2016)

• Public consultation on fitness check on supervisory reporting

• Public Consultation on the product scope of the EU Timber Regulation

• Commission launches consultation on future “Counterfeit and Piracy watch-List”

Find more Commission public consultation here


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