TEPSA Newsletter

January 2019



The ‘Future’ discussion: the European Union and the Citizens

Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

Brexit, the outcome of the Italian elections, the ‘Yellow Vests’ in France and elsewhere, the impact migration has on national societies, and the rise of populist/nationalist/Eurosceptic parties: all these developments demonstrate the existence of a serious disconnection between citizens and... 

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TEPSA institute of the month

Greek Centre of European Studies and Research (EKEME) 

The Greek Centre of European Studies and Research (EKEME in its Greek acronym) was founded in 1980 by a group of academics, legal practitioners, economists and social scientists. EKEME was founded and operates as a non-profit institution, independent of any political or state affiliation. It does not benefit of any regular subsidy, but is been financed by...

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#EngagEU News

• New Europe for Citizens project: Youth Participation and youth-relevant topics in the next European Elections 2019 (#EngagEU)

• 2nd Young citizens Futurelab took place in Otzenhausen

• #EngagEU is also on Facebook and Twitter!


InDivEU News

• New Horizon 2020  project: Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU)

• InDivEU Kick-off Conference, 24-25 January 2019, Florence

• More news from the InDivEU project



• Register for the FEUTURE Concluding Conference ‘Back to the F(e)uture: Discussing scenarios for EU-Turkey Relations’, taking place in Brussels on 28 February and 1 March 2019.

• Read the FEUTURE newsletter No. 11

• Check out the latest FEUTURE activities.

• FEUTURE is also on Twitter  and Facebook!

• Subscribe to FEUTURE Newsletter

More news from the FEUTURE project




• VIADUCT Week, 18-21 March 2019, Istanbul   

• VIADUCT Research Awards 

• VIADUCT Teaching Awards

• VIADUCT is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the VIADUCT Newsletter

More news from the VIADUCT project 



• SEnECA Midterm Conference and Scenario Workshop "EU and Central Asia Relations: Current Trends and Future Prospects" in Almaty, Kazakhstan

• The SEnECA Research Database is online!

• New SEnECA Blog: "The Soviet Heritage in Central Asia", by Susann Heinecke

• Check the Autumn-Winter edition of the SEnECA newsletter!

• SEnECA is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the SENECA Newsletter

More news from the SEnECA project


Expertise for the European Parliament

• Study: "Contemporary forms of slavery", Silvia Scarpa (John Cabot University, LUISS Guido Carli)


 News from TEPSA Members and Friends

•  New Horizon 2020 project: “EU IDEA – Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability” (IEP, Germany)

• Dr. Elena Zhirukhina has become a new member of the IIR team (IIR, Czech Republic)

• The Institut für Europäische Politik celebrates its 60th anniversary! (IEP, Germany)

• Participation of IWE in “Connecting Eurasia: EU-Russia-China-Central Asia Strategic dialogue on connectivity” roundtable (IWE, Hungary) 

• Sciences Po (CEE & CDSP) takes active part in the European SSHOC project (CEE Sciences Po, France)

• A strategic partnership with ENI on the planet’s energy transition and decarbonization process (IAI, Italy) 

• Natolin students participate in the COP24 in Katowice (CoE, Poland)

• New project: EUFLEX (NUPI, Norway)

• Roundtable “The security aspects of de-centralisation in Ukraine: attitudes of the state and society” organised in December (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• The very first English issue of Mezinárodní vztahy / Czech Journal of International Relations is out! (IIR, Czech Republic)

• “Learning by Doing: EU Standards in the Balkans -EUlead”: a well-attended lecture on EU enlargement and differentiated integration (IRMO, Croatia)

• Natolin students participate in the conference “Changing International Order: A View from Down Under” (CoE, Poland)

• The Centre of International Relations (CIR) took part in the 44th European International Business Academy (EIBA) conference (CIR, Slovenia)

• The Centre for Small State Studies awarded an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership grant (IIA, Iceland)

• Roundtable “Ukraine on the eve of elections: popular demand, key challenges and possible outcomes” organised in December (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• Graduate program in International Affairs at the University of Iceland (IIA, Iceland)

• Brigid Laffan, new member to the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance (RSCAS, EUI, Italy)

• Natolin Dialogues with Professor Joseph WEILER: “Law, Conscience and Justice: In search of synergy” (CoE, Poland)

More news


Upcoming events


• Conference: “What is going on in the world?” In defence of housing in Europe, 7 February 2019 (CIDOB, Spain)

• Public Event: “Germany’s Role in Georgia’s European Future: How to align expectations?”, 8 February 2019 (IEP, Germany)

• Conference: “NATO@70: The Role of the Transatlantic Community in the Past, Present, and Future”, 8 February 2019 (IIR, Czech Republic)

• Conference: “CIDOB Breakfast: A Europe that protects: Strengthening EU civil protection in natural disasters”, 11 February 2019 (CIDOB, Spain)

• Conference: “Governance and Security in the Sahel: Tackling Mobility, Demography and Climate Change”, 12 February 2019 (IAI, Italy)

• Conference:“Brexit fall out: The citizen’s perspective – The economic and social impact of Brexit”, 13 February 2019 (The Federal Trust, UK) 

• Event: “The European Energy Transition: a year ahead of the twenties”, 19 February 2019 (RSCAS, EUI, Italy)

• Conference: “Decarbonising energy: Lessons from history and policies for the future”, 15 March 2019 (College of Europe)

• Seminar: “Assessing the EU’s Toolbox in Handling Internal and External Challenges”, 18-19 March (NUPI, Norway) 

• Seminar: “Ever looser union? Differentiation in European integration”, 18-19 March (NUPI, Norway)

• Conference: “Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South”, 20 – 21 March 2019 (RSCAS, EUI, Italy)

• International Workshop: “Small States and Good Governance”, 4 April 2019 (IIA, Iceland)

• Colloque International: "Construire les politiques de lutte contre la pauvreté urbaine à partir du terrain", 4-5 July 2019 (CEE Sciences Po, France) 

More upcoming events

Click here for the the events archive.


Latest publications from the TEPSA network


EU External Relations & Global Politics 

• “Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East and North Africa”, Erzsébet N. Rózsa (IWE, Hungary)

• “Political values in Europe-China relations”, Tim Nicholas Rühlig, Björn Jerdén, Frans-Paul van der Putten, John Seaman, Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Alice Ekman (Elcano, Spain)

• “The World in 2019: Ten Issues that will Shape the Global Agenda”, Eduard Soler (CIDOB, Spain)

• “The International Spread of State Intervention in History and Historical Memory”, Georges Mink (CoE, Poland)

• “EU-supported reforms in the EU neighbourhood as organized anarchies: the case of post-Maidan Ukraine”, Jozef Batora and Pernille Rieker (NUPI, Norway)

• “Using past international cooperation to rethink development: alternative critical approaches”, Rafael Domínguez and Simone Lucatello (CIDOB, Spain)

More publications on EU External Relations and Global Politics



European Integration & Institutional Affairs 


•  “The Relaunch of Europe. Mapping Member State Reform Interests“, Dominika Biegon, Julia Klein, Julian Plottka, Alexander Schilin and Jana Schubert (IEP, Germany)

• “The European Parliament in times of EU crisis – Dynamics and Transformations”, Oliver Costa, editor (College of Europe)

• “Resolving Brexit”, Ulf Sverdrup and Nick Sitter (NUPI, Norway)

• “The ‘dark side’ of digital diplomacy: countering disinformation and propaganda”, Corneliu Bjola (Elcano, Spain)

• “Us versus Them: EU Compliance in Times of Populism”, Felix Reich (CEE Sciences Po, France)

• “Humiliated but Unrepentant, what Next for Theresa May?”, Francis Ghilès (CIDOB, Spain)

• “Proposed Frontex reform and its impact: Border politics and the external security nexus in the EU”, Teemu Tammikko (FIIA, Finland)


More publications on European Integration & Institutional Affairs



National Politics 


•  “Spain no longer bucks the trend on far-right parties”, William Chislett (Elcano, Spain)

• “Czechia Direct Democracy: From the Shadows to the Limelight”, Jan Kovář, Petr Kratochvíl, Zdeněk Sychra (IIR, Czech Republic)

• “Le Retour des domestiques”, Clément Carbonnier & Nathalie Morel (CEE Sciences Po, France)

• “Ukraine-2019: Cautiously Optimistic” (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• “Brexit: Can Parliament Take Control?”, Brendan Donnelly (The Federal Trust, UK)

• “A Model Disagreement: The Fall of the Slovak Government during the Eurozone Crisis in 2011”, Matúš Halás (IIR, Czech Republic)

• “The state of decentralization in Ukraine”, Kateryna Pryshchepa (CoE, Poland)

More publications on National Politics


European Commission public consultations 


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

• Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the Schengen Facility Instrument for Croatia 

• Public Consultation on the EU implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice in environmental matters

Find more Commission public consultation here


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