TEPSA Newsletter

October 2018



The European Union and the Rule of Law – Legal proceedings versus political procedures

Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

Rn 12 September the European Parliament initiated an Article 7 TEU procedure against Hungary (the ‘Sargentini’ report). Article 7, in the public debate also referred to as the ‘nuclear option’, aims to sanction Member States because of violations of the fundamental EU values embedded in Article 2 TEU. Article 2 reads as follows: ‘The Union is founded... 

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TEPSA institute of the month

Istituto Affari Internazionali (International Affairs Institute)

An Italian non-profit organisation, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) (English: Institute of International Affairs) was founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli, its first director, thanks to joint contributions from the Fondazione Olivetti, the cultural and political association Il Mulino and the Nord e Sud Research Centre, as well as to...

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News from the TEPSA Secretariat


• The TEPSA Secretariat is hiring a Financial Manager

• The TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference will take place in Bucharest on 22-23 November 2018

• TEPSA National Convention in DuisburgCitizens’ dialogue on the future of Europe

• New TEPSA Brief: “German elections 2017 – Low voter turnout in the context of the upcoming European elections 2019”, Michael Kaeding & Stefan Haußner

• New TEPSA Brief: “Ukraine on the path to the EU: citizens’ opinions and hopes”, Yuriy Yakymenko and Mykhailo Pashkov

• EU@Work Seminar on EU Affairs, Brussels 12-15 November 2018. Check the latest agenda here

• EU@Work Seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies, Brussels 4-7 December 2018. Check the latest agenda here




• Check out the FEUTURE Newsletter No. 10

• FEUTURE Expert Workshop: “Game (Not) Over: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios in EU-Turkey relations in a Global Perspective”, Bodrum, 15 October 2018

• FEUTURE Closed Door Meeting with EU stakeholders, Brussels, 27 September 2018

• FEUTURE Online Paper No. 25: “EU Public Opinion on Turkish EU Membership”

• FEUTURE Online Paper No. 26: “Turkish Public Opinion and the EU Membership: between Support and Mistrust”

• Check out the latest FEUTURE activities

• Subscribe to FEUTURE Newsletter

More news from the FEUTURE project




• Call for VIADUCT policy papers

• Call for VIADUCT student papers

• VIADUCT Policy Paper: “The democratic potential of the Turkish civil society for better EU-Turkey relations”, Deniz Ertin

• Save the date for the 2nd VIADUCT week!

• VIADUCT is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the VIADUCT Newsletter

More news from the VIADUCT project 



• SEnECA Blog: "Unknown Central Asia", Julia Krebs (TEPSA, Belgium)

• SEnECA photo contest and photo exhibition in Brussels

• SEnECA Policy Paper 2: Political and security relations – Mapping Central Asia’s relations with other Asian states

• SEnECA Policy Paper 3: Political and security relations – Mapping strategies of Russia, USA and China towards Central Asia 

• SEnECA Policy Paper 4: Economic relations and trade – Mapping EU-Central Asia relations

• SEnECA Policy Paper 5: Economic relations and trade – Mapping Central Asia’s relations with other Asian states 

• SEnECA is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the SENECA Newsletter

More news from the SEnECA project


 News from TEPSA Members and Friends


• Dr. Maja Bučar took part in the opening panel of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (CIR, Slovenia)

• Prof Dr Pascaline Winand was present at the Joint Annual Conference of the College of Europe and the European University Institute (CoE, Poland)

• Video from joint conference between CoE and EUI is now available: “The Impact of Populism on the EU Polity and Policies” (EUI, Italy)

• Assistant Junio Researcher Nina Pejič participated in a discussion hosted by the Austrian Society for European Politics (CIR, Slovenia)

• Various book projects at FIIA (FIIA, Finland)

• Razumkov Centre participated in Global Forum T20 Argentina (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• Agne Cepinskyte joined FIIA as a TAPIR Fellow (FIIA, Finland)

• Essay competition: Young talents for Italy, Europe and the world (IAI, Italy)

• Veronika Bílková as the new Secretary General of the European Society of International Law (IIR, Czech Republic)

• New research project of the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO, Croatia)

• MoU between the EUI and the Indian Institute of Kanpur – Center for Energy Regulation (EUI, Italy)

• Mr Łukasz Król spoke at the Polish Press Agency’s 100th Anniversary Conference (CoE, Poland)

• Video of conference “The Growth of Shadow Banking: A Comparative Institutional Analysis” (SPCEE, France)

• Meet Ya-Wen Lei, new Visiting Fellow at SPCEE and Assistant Professor at Harvard University (Department of Sociology) (SPCEE, France)

• Survey on obstacles to free movement and political participation in the EU (EUI, Italy)



More news


Upcoming events


• 6 November, Brussels: Lunchtime Debate “Midi du CIFE”: ‘Transition énergétique au coeur de la vision européenne'” (CIFE, France)

• 7 November, Prague: Conference “Reaching Out to the Other: Overcoming Intercultural Conflicts” (IIR, Czech Republic)

• 7 November, Paris: Seminar “Cities are back in town ‘Separate Worlds? Explaining the Current Wave of Regional Economic Polarization and Its Consequences'” (SPCEE, France)

• 7 November, Valletta: Public lecture “Between a rock and a hard border: Conservative Party approaches to Brexit” (Institute for European Studies, Malta)

• 8 November, Paris: Round Table discussion of Jenny Andersson’s new book “The Future of the World: Futurology, Futurists, and the Struggle for the Post-Cold War Imagination” (SPCEE, France)

• 12 November, Tbilisi: EU’s Differentiated Integration: Internal and External Dimensions conference (IAI, Italy)

• 22-23 November, Nice: Conference “Hydrogène & Mobilité Urbaine en Europe” (CIFE, France)

• 29-30 November, Prague: Czernin Security Forum: “Moving Sands in Global Politics and European Security: Resilience and Beyond” (IIR, Czech Republic)

• 7 December, Brussels: Conference “Monitoring media pluralism in Europe: between old risks and new threats” (EUI, Italy)

• 14 December, Florence: Training course on European Lobbying (EUI, Italy)


More upcoming events

Click here for the the events archive.


Latest publications from the TEPSA network



Human rights & Migration 


• “The governance of migration and border controls in the European-North African Context”, Jean-Pierre Cassarino, Raffaella A. Del Sarto (IAI, Italy)

More publications on Human rights & Migration


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 evaluation of the offshore safety directive

• Public consultation on the EU Single Window environment for customs

• Public consultation on the evaluation of enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services (PES)

Find more Commission public consultation here


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