TEPSA Newsletter August Edition 2012


Some original visions on Europe

by Jean-Paul Jacqué

The summer holidays are an excellent time to read those publications that our daily routines normally distract us from. I would like to share with you three of my summer readings which you might not have the occasion to read yet.

The first two pieces deal with the constitutionalization of the European Union through the law, more particular the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice. The subject is scarcely original and lawyers have dedicated many studies to it. In the two publications here mentioned, the aim is not to continue on this way, but rather to consider the issue from the perspectives of history and political science.

The Cambridge Contemporary European History journal (volume 21-Special issue 03, Towards a new history of European Law, August 2012) has devoted a special issue to the history of the European construction analyzed through the work of lawyers. Among fascinating studies, two of them seem to me particularly noteworthy.

The first study is written by Bill Davies (Pushing Back: What Happens When Member States Resist the European Court of Justice? A Multi-Modal Approach to the History of European Law) and tackles national resistances to European integration by the example of the German Constitutional Court and the well-known Solange jurisprudence. It describes the political process that led the 'Bundesverfassungsgericht' to reconsider its earlier jurisprudence mainly thanks to the contact between the German Chancellery office and the Advocate General Reischl, which had led to the adoption of the Interinstitutional Declaration of 1977 on Fundamental Rights. Contrary to popular belief, the Declaration is not an initiative of the European Parliament as such, but the result of a meeting between a lawyer and the Chancellery. The paper shows how, even in areas that appear to belong exclusively the judiciary process, the role of governmental agencies is essential to ensure the primacy of the EU law.

The second article written by Morten Rasmussen (Establishing a Constitutional Practice of European Law: The History of the Legal Service of the European Executive, 1952-1965) is devoted to the Legal Service of the Commission and its role in ensuring the primacy of the EU law and its direct effect. Again, the stake remains political, the legal service of the Commission has conducted an intense lobby to achieve the Court would retain its principles. The Court partially gave in to the Commission, but the use of the doctrine has been widely sought to strengthen the jurisprudential solution. This article illustrates well the creation of networks that influence judges and doctrines in order to achieve a purpose which is ultimately political.

From the perspective of political science, a book in French (Dans la fabrique du droit européen, edited by Pascal Mbongo and Antoine Vauchez, Bruylant, 2009) seeps into the 'Holy of Holies', the Court of Justice, to engage in an analysis of the Courts functioning and its working methods from a more sociological angle instead of a legal one. The conclusion of Antoine Vauchez on the Court magisterium was particularly appreciated, demonstrating to what extent its authority owes as much as from the networks it has built upon, as from the professional identities of its members, as from its relationship with the national courts and the intrinsic quality of her jurisprudence.

Finally, the reading of a book originally written in Dutch, translated into French (it will be published in English), has proven to be particularly rich. The book of the speechwriter of Herman van Rompuy, Luuk van Middelaar (Le passage à l’Europe, histoire d’un commencement, Gallimard 2012) can be read as a novel. It consists of a sharp analysis of the so-called Community method between technocracy, democracy and intergovernmentalism. It particularly shows an interesting vision of what the author calls the “intermediate sphere” between the world of states and that of the institutions whereof the European Council is an illustration. Nolens volens, national leaders reveal themselves jointly responsible for a common destiny. Refreshing reflections on the Commission as well as on the everlasting question of European citizenship illuminate the approach. A must read.

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute: Institute of European Studies and International Relations

The Institute of European Studies and International Relations (abb. IESIR) builds on the legacy of the Department of Political Science founded by Professor Miroslav Kusý at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in 1990. In addition to that, the direct predecessor of IESIR was the Centre of European Studies, founded as a multidisciplinary research center at Comenius University in 1998. In its present form, IESIR was established at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in 2001. As part of its institutional structure, IESIR also hosts the UNESCO Chair for human rights education (the oldest one in the world, established in 1992).

The faculty members of IESIR have a multidisciplinary background in political science, sociology, international relations, organization studies, history, law, economics, diplomacy, and philosophy. Internal and external members of the IESIR are well experienced due to their studies and visiting fellowships at the leading international research institutions. IESIR has an active research agenda in European studies and international relations and participates in a number of international research projects. The Institute also actively cooperates with the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conducting research and organizing conferences.

IESIR offers bachelor and master degree programs in European Studies. It also offers a PhD-program in European Studies and Politics. Most of the courses at IESIR are offered in English by Slovak and international lecturers. Students can upon direct agreement with the lecturers to conduct their research in other than English or Slovak language. IESIR became regular member of TEPSA in 2012.

The main research activities of the IESIR involve the following areas:

  • dynamics in diplomacy in the context of European integration, EU foreign policy, changes in the transatlantic security architecture and the role of institutions in political life
  • comparative research on democratization, political cultures and identities, political symbolism, communication, minority questions
  • politics and political analyses, political system, political ideology of the 19th and 20th century to undergraduate and graduate students and for PhD student he holds a class in Current Issues of European Integration
  • nationalism, civic engagement and political communication
  • the area of state law, constitutional law, Union law, communitarian law (especially area of decision-making processes and horizontal division of powers), international private and public law
  • political culture, electoral systems and the problems of public opinion
  • migration trends and migration theories, international migration and legal provisions, development (urban, social and economic development and the growth of the green city) and forced migration, as well as climate change effects in relation to social, economical, and political dependence
  • international security, theories of international politics, and foreign policy
  • game theory, related multi-agent simulations, rational choice theory, political geography and post-structuralist
  • Slovak politics and foreign policy with emphasis on energy and security issues

Head of the IESIR – assoc. prof. Jozef Bátora is chief-editor of Journal of International Relations and Development - an independent and internationally peer-reviewed journal in international relations and international political economy. It publishes articles on contemporary world politics and the global political economy from a variety of methodologies and approaches (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jird/index.html) .

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News from the TEPSA Secretariat

Welcome to Peter Valant

The Exact Consortium is glad to announce that a new research fellow, Peter Valant, could be recruited to the project for one year. He will work as EXACT Experienced Researcher in Cologne starting in October 2012. Peter will contribute to the network by finalizing his Ph.D. project on "The United Nations and the EU for a better world - New Foreign Policy Concepts in a New Emerging Global World Order", participate in conferences and publishes articles. Furthermore, he will give lectures at the University of Cologne and engage in additional teaching and research projects.

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Opportunity for cooperation in 2012: TEPSA Guest Lecture

The TEPSA Secretariat would like to voice an additional possibility for cooperation still in 2012, to organise a TEPSA Guest Lecture. Among the possibilities for cooperation includes organizing a TEPSA Guest Lecture, which entails either inviting a researcher from another TEPSA member institute on a topic of interest to you, or proposing yourself or one of your researchers to give a lecture on a specific topic. For each TEPSA Guest Lecture, TEPSA will make available 400 € to cover travel costs and/or accommodation of the speaker.

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EXACT Fellows News

Dana Depo, Marlene Gottwald, Niklas Helwig, Leonhard den Hertog, James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh, Marco Siddi and Simon Stross: 2012 International BISA-ISA conference, Edinburgh, 20-22 June 2012: Panel organization and discussion:

o Theorizing EU external action – assessing the impact of the EU abroad

o Theorizing EU external action – theoretical perspectives on institutions and decision-making processes

Andrew Byrne, Dana Depo, Miguel Haubrich Seco, Niklas Helwig, Leonhard den Hertog,  James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh, Andreas Raspotnik, Simon Stross: EXACT Thesis Workshop, Brussels, 25-26 June 2012

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European Politics Seminar on “The European Union as a global actor” at the Jean-Monnet Chair of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, November 2012

Within the framework of EXACT three research fellows, Leonhard den HERTOG, Andreas RASPOTNIK and Peter VALANT will give an intensive European Politics Seminar on “The European Union as a global actor” at the Jean-Monnet Chair of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne. The course will introduce students to the institutional architecture of the European Union, especially to different instruments of external action that the EU has at its disposal.

With the use of the Treaty of Lisbon and other relevant international frameworks, the main goal of the course will be to assess the European Union` s role in the world and to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of EU-Africa relations, EU-Arctic policies as well as of EU-enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy with special attention to human rights and human security.

EXACT fellows Dana DEPO and James NYOMAKWA-Obimpeh will enrich the course with their precious expertise and insight as guest speakers.

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Recent TEPSA events

Theseus Seminar for Young Leaders 2012 “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 2-6 July 2012, Brussels

Between the 2 and 6 July 2012 TEPSA and the University of Cologne co-organised the THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders on “The Future of EU Economic Governance” at the Fondation Universitaire. The THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders aims to promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new ...

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Upcoming TEPSA events

Workshop on National Parliaments and the European Council Project (NPEC)

In the context of the elaboration of the study on the Democratic Control in the Member states of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits an internal workshop with the experts for the 12 Member States of in-depth reports and advisors will take place on 31 August 2012 at the North Rhine Westphalia Representation in Brussels. The aim of the workshop is to present the findings on the state of the relationship between National Parliaments and the European Council/Euro Zone summits and to voice recommendations for future developments.

For more information please contact Laura Ventura

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LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network and TEPSA member institutes: serie of workshops

In cooperation with the LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network, several TEPSA member institutes will convene workshops in the upcoming months. For more information, please see visit this page.

Institute for World Economics Budapest Workshop: The European Union in the Global Economy" 28-29 September 2012 Budapest

Institute for International Relations Zagreb (IMO) Workshop: Impact of the European External Action Service on the EU’s relations and policies towards South East Europe 5 October 2012 Dubrovnik

Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) Workshop: The EU as a Foreign Policy Actor - Ambitions, Interests and Challenges in Year Three of the Lisbon Treaty and beyond 18-19 October 2012 Berlin

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THESEUS Conference on Franco-German relation – an outside view, 6-7 December 2012, Brussels

The annual THESEUS Conference, taking place in Brussels on 5 and 6 December 2012, will bring together contributions from a cross-section of EU member states on the question of how France and Germany are being viewed at this time of economic and political crisis. Building up on a 50 years’ history of Franco-German relationship, the conference will raise the question: what role the Franco-German couple will and can play in future Europe. Thus, the focus will be on the outside perception of the Franco-German couple and its dynamics within the European integration process.

THESEUS Award ceremony

In the evening of 6th December the THESEUS Awards for Promising and Outstanding Research will be remitted. This will be the third time that the THESEUS Award will distinguish a prominent researcher for his outstanding academic record in the field of European integration. Previous awardees have been Helen Wallace from the London School of Economics and Beate Kohler from the University of Mannheim.

Further information will be announced on the THESEUS website.

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Studies and workshops for the European Parliament

Under the European Parliament's Framework Contract that TEPSA won in 2009, TEPSA was requested to provide expertise to the Budgetary, Foreign Affairs and Security and Defence Committees to write a study on:

Study and workshop on the Assessment of the EU’s approach to Security Sector Reform This study has been lately requested and is currently elaborated by Eva Gross, Senior Research Fellow for European Foreign and Security Policy, EGE - IES - Vrije Universiteit Brussel. the final version of the study will be delivered on the 19 November 2012. The workshop will take place on the 12 November 2012. This workshop is under preparation and experts haven’t been confirmed yet.

Study and workshop on the Maritime Dimension of the Common Foreign and Security Policy This study has been lately requested and is currently elaborated by researchers from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs: Mika Aaltola, Timo Behr, Mikael Mattlin and Charly Salonius-Pasternak and by researchers from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs: Erik Brattberg, Harri Mikkola and Mark Rinhard. Andreas Raspotnik, EXACT Marie Curie researcher, under the Marie Curie Integrated Training Network on EU External Action (EXACT), University of Cologne is also taking part in the elaboration of the study on the Great North issue. The final version of the study should delivered by 30 November. The workshop will take place on the 27 September 2012. This workshop is under preparation and experts haven’t been confirmed yet.

Study on the assessment of the effectiveness of the EU strategy in the Horn of Africa This study has been lately requested and is currently elaborated by Alex Vines, OBE, Research Director at Chatham House and Ahmed Soliman, Research Assistant at Chatham House. The final version of the study will be delivered by 10 September 2012.

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News from TEPSA member institutes

Call for application: EU Studies Online, Centre international de formation européenne CIFE

Call for application: EU Studies Online With the European Online Academy (EOA), CIFE in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne organises the Certificate (one-year) and Master in EU Studies Online (two-year). Through a combination of e-learning and rigorous face-to-face-learning phases (on weekends mainly in Berlin, Barcelona, Brussels and Budapest) the EOA allows its participants to deepen and to supplement their knowledge of the EU integration process. The programmes are an outstanding opportunity for young professionals to continue their studies whilst at the same time pursuing their career. Both programmes offer an accurate blend of theory and practice. In the first year participants gain enhanced knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process. Should they complete the first year, participants obtain the Certificate in EU Studies Online (30 ECTS). In order to specialise in one of the core subjects (Political Science, Economics and EU Law), participants are able to join the second year of the Master programme – with the general approach to the issues and tasks being interdisciplinary. Following (the development and defence of) a Master thesis they are awarded the Master in EU Studies Online (60 ECTS). Deadline for the online application is 5 September 2012. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to particularly qualified candidates to cover part of the fee. For further information and for applications please consult our website  or contact Aline Palige.

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The European Global Strategy developed by the Elcano Royal Institute (Madrid), jointly with the Institute Affari Internazionali – IAI (Rome), Polish Institute of International Affairs – PISM (Warsaw), and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Stockholm)

The Elcano Royal Institute will be a part of the "dream team of think tanks" -according to Catherine Ashton- to develop the European Global Strategy. Elcano Royal Institute (Madrid), jointly with the Institute Affari Internazionali – IAI (Rome), Polish Institute of International Affairs – PISM (Warsaw), and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Stockholm) have initiated a think-tank process paving the way for a European Global Strategy (EGS). An EGS would be instrumental in reinforcing a common European strategic culture, as well as a shared vision and direction in times of flux. On July 23, 2012, the Foreign Ministers of Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden welcomed the readiness of the four participating think-tanks to develop considerations and possible elements for an EGS. More information on the EGS available here.

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Recent events hosted by TEPSA member institutes

Seminar on “Towards A Joint Future for Europe? How to move forward with the EU and the common currency?”, FIIA, 2 August.

The functioning of the EU and the euro are being seriously tested by the economic and sovereign debt crisis. In the heated debate evoked by the crisis, the European Institutions have provided a framework of action with the Fiscal Compact in January 2012 and the Compact for Growth and ...

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Small States Summer School 2012, The Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies (IIA-CSSS)

The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland holds an intensive two week summer course sponsored by an Erasmus grant, focusing on small states and the European integration process. The course brings together some of the best scientists in the field of small states studies ...

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Elcano Royal Institute: latest events

European Council 2012: Implications for Spain and the EU, 28 June 2012. More information on the press conference available here.

Presentation of the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) (2nd edition), 20 July 2012 More information on the press conference available here.

Presentation of the 30th edition of the Barometer of the Elcano Royal Institute , 5 July 2012. More information on the press conference available here.

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Seminars on the Europe Dialogues / A Dialogue on European Integration, University of Iceland, March 2012

The IIA-CSSS seminar series on European integration continued at the start of the new year. A total of 14 successful seminars have taken place since, on topics ranging from climate change (Navraj Signh Ghaleigh, Lecturer at Edinburgh Law School), security and defense (Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland), the Arab Spring (Jordi Fanés, Director of ...

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Seminar on International Aid, Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland (IIA-CSSS), 23 March

On March 23 the IIA-CSSS co-hosted a seminar on international aid with the Icelandic Red Cross. The keynote speaker was Emmanuel Tommy, Director of the Red Cross in Sierra Leone. His topic of discussion was the rehabilitating of young people after long term participation in armed conflicts.

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Presentation of the report on "the EEA Agreement – Outside or Inside the EU?", Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland (IIA-CSSS)

For 20 years, Iceland and Norway have shared a common model for partial participation in the European integration processes, through the European Economic Area (EEA), Schengen and other agreements with the EU. In January this year, a committee appointed by the Norwegian government presented the report “Outside and Inside. Norway’s agreements with the EU”, which describes and analyses ...

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Upcoming events hosted by TEPSA member institutes

Guest lecture on “The European Union facing a tough autumn”, Institute of World Economics,3 September 2012

The Institute of World Economics, in Budapest, is organising a Guest lecture entitled “The European Union facing a tough autumn” taking place on 3 September 2012 at 3 pm. The Hungarian Commissioner László Andor will give an  introductory speech and it will to be followed by an informal round table discussion.

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Serie of seminars on Europe Dialogues 2012-2013, University of Iceland (IIA-CSSS), September 2012 – May 2013

The IIA-CSSS recently received a Jean Monnet grant from the European Union to continue its “Europe Dialogues” seminar series. As before the aim of the seminar series will be to engender an informed debate about Iceland and Europe. There will be 10 seminars on the subject over eight months, with the focus this time around being on the following topics:

1. Is the Euro Still a Viable Option for Iceland? 2. Small States Identities within the European Union 3. Energy Security 4. Equality and Gender Issues 5. The EU´s Regional Policy 6. Iceland, the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy 7. The European Union and the Great Powers 8. The EU and the Arctic 9. Environmental Issues Including Whaling 10. Growing Nationalism in Europe

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Professional Training on EU Affairs - 2012 Autumn Courses, College of Europe

» Trade Policy :: Bruges, 3-5 September 2012

Improve, extend and update your knowledge and understanding of the EU's trade policy and international trade law through an innovative and interactive training programme. Very few seats left! Please find more information here

» EU Diplomacy :: Bruges & Brussels, 8-12 October 2012

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Conference on Constitutions of the EU and Nordic States: Multilevel Constitutional Order and Democratic Challenges, University of Iceland (IIA-CSSS), 21 September 2012

On September 21st the Institute of International Affairs is hosting a Conference titled “Constitutions of the EU and Nordic States: Multilevel Constitutional Order and Democratic Challenges”, in cooperation with the Human Rights Institute at the University of Iceland and the Law Faculty of the University of Reykjavik. The keynote speaker is Allan Rosas, judge at the European Court ...

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Conference: On top of it all: A mid – life crisis in the EU? Political dynamics in Europe 2012, Institute of International Relations, 27 September 2012

In collaboration with the EPIN Network, CEPS and EUROPEUM, the IIR arrange a one day conference with the heading – On top of it all: A mid – life crisis in the EU? Political dynamics in Europe 2012. Venue – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Czernin Palace), The Mirror ...

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Professional Training on EU Affairs - 2012 Autumn Courses, College of Europe

» Trade Policy :: Bruges, 3-5 September 2012

Improve, extend and update your knowledge and understanding of the EU's trade policy and international trade law through an innovative and interactive training programme. Very few seats left! Please find more information here

» EU Diplomacy :: Bruges & Brussels, 8-12 October 2012

Grasp the complexities of the EU diplomacy with a specialised training programme designed to learn and better understand the EU external relations after the launching of the EEAS. Registration is open till 17 September 2012. 10-15-20% discounts for groups, former participants, College of Europe Alumni and EU officials. Please find more information here

» EU Negotiations in Practice – Mastering the Art of Negotiations :: Bruges & Brussels, 12-16 November 2012

The principles and practice of EU decision-making including a two-day simulation exercise. Registration is open till 22 October 2012. 10-15-20% discounts for groups, former participants, College of Europe Alumni and EU officials. Please find more information here

» EU Project Management – From A to Z :: Bruges, 12-16 November 2012 A one-week interactive journey along the life of EU projects, from fund raising through to tender writing, project implementation and evaluation. Registration is open till 22 October 2012. 10-15% discounts for groups, former participants and College of Europe Alumni. Please find more information here

» EU Fact Finding – The EU at Your Fingertips! :: 5 October 2012 A half-day fact finding mission to guide you through the ‘labyrinth' of EU-related websites. Register by 3 September 2012 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration is open till 24 September 2012. 10-15% discounts for groups, former participants and College of Europe Alumni. Please find more information here

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EXACT Fellows Publications

Leonhard den Hertog, Two Boats in the Mediterranean and their Unfortunate Encounters with Europe's Policies towards People on the Move, in: CEPS Papers in Liberty and Security in Europe, No. 48, July 2012.

This paper examines two recent events in which people on the move making their way from Libya to Europe across the Mediterranean were either abandoned to die at sea or ‘pushed back’ (Hirsi case). It argues that these two cases are not incidental or isolated but rather part of a broader situation of concern in the Mediterranean. The paper highlights this situation and also connects it to Europe’s response to migratory flows during the Arab Spring. On the basis of independent reports, case law and first-hand accounts, it attributes these tragedies to two fundamental structural deficiencies in Europe’s approach to people on the move in the Mediterranean: 1) a general lack of accountability, among the most salient of which are the lack of legal clarity for SAR (search & rescue) and disembarkation obligations as well as a lack of monitoring of what actually happens in the Mediterranean and 2) a lack of solidarity amongst European states as well as across the Mediterranean. The paper then goes on to propose recommendations to correct those cross-cutting deficiencies.

Andreas Raspotnik, Further Steps Towards a Comprehensive EU Arctic Policy: Is the EU Getting There? Article for The Arctic Institute (co-authored with Kathrin Keil); July 5, 2012.

“The European Commission and the High Representative have recently issued the EU’s up-to-date Joint Communication on the development of a coherent and comprehensive EU policy towards the Arctic region. The article offers a spot-on analysis of the EU’s northern approach concluding that the EU’s Arctic engagement still lacks substantial consistency.”

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What we hope, what we fear, what we expect: possible scenarios for the future of the eurozone by Tobias Kunstein and Wolfgang Wessels, European View, 2012, Volume 11, Number 1, p. 5-14

Financial, economic and sovereign debt crises have called into question macro-economic and monetary integration in Europe in general, and the future of the eurozone in particular. It is possible that even the future of the European Union (EU) as a whole is at stake. Starting with the reforms of European economic governance hitherto agreed, this article develops three scenarios for the eurozone and explores their possible impact on the EU in general. The mix of procedures, both inside and outside the EU legislative framework and with varying groups of participants, offers a starting point for the emergence of an ‘Optimal Institutional Architecture’.

The complete version of this publication can be downloaded here

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IIEA Publications

Eugene Regan SC (ed.), European Criminal Justice Post-Lisbon: An Irish Perspective, 25 July 2012.

This publication examines European criminal justice post-Lisbon, drawing on the expertise of leading practitioners from across the criminal justice spectrum, including US Attorney General, Eric H. Holder. It aims to inform policy debate, increase awareness of the implications of the changes in this policy area post-Lisbon and to flag upcoming developments under the Irish EU Presidency. The treaty changes are ultimately aimed at improving the livelihoods of our citizens and securing the rights of the individual to safety and freedom from the ripple effects of cross-border crime.

Contributors include key policy actors such as the Irish Garda (Police) Commissioner, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, the head of the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Secretary General of the Irish Department of Justice and Equality, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Attorney General of Ireland, the Attorney General of the United States and Eugene Regan SC, who also edited the publication. The preface is written by Nora Owen, former Minister for Justice and Chair of the IIEA Justice Group.

European Criminal Justice Post-Lisbon: An Irish Perspective can be downloaded here.

Linda Barry, European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach, 17 July 2012.

This IIEA paper explores the significance of the EU’s comprehensive approach to crisis management. Under this approach the EU takes a holistic view of a (potential) crisis situation and recognises that effective, sustainable solutions can only be achieved by using the full range of civilian and military instruments at its disposal.

The paper considers how the EU institutions have been re-aligned by the Lisbon Treaty to facilitate the implementation of the comprehensive approach. It demonstrates that this is a work in progress and that the operational aspects currently lag behind conceptual developments. It examines the implications for Ireland and Europe and concludes that the comprehensive approach creates an opportunity for Ireland to be at the centre of the Union’s response to the complex security threats of the 21st century in a manner that respects the country’s particular strengths and values. The paper can be downloaded here.

This paper forms part of a series of briefing papers on specific aspects of European security and defence policy. The first paper in the series, European Security in the 21st Century, was written by Professors Patrick Keatinge and Ben Tonra. It was published by the IIEA in April 2012, offering a broad outline of the policy sector as a whole. It is available here.

IIEA, The Stability Treaty Ratification Map, regularly updated.

The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, an intergovernmental agreement signed by 25 of the 27 EU Member States in March 2012, will enter into force once it has been ratified by 12 of the 17 Eurozone countries. The IIEA’s Stability Treaty Ratification Map is an innovative infographic that visually tracks the timeline and method of ratification for each of the signatories. It is updated regularly as the ratification process proceeds. The IIEA Stability Treaty Ratification Map can be viewed here.

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Integration, Special issue on Europe’s value by the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP)

New publication: “Integration” Special issue on Europe’s value by the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP).

Alternatives to the project of European integration are increasingly discussed. Meanwhile citizens like experts and politicians forget about the advantages of the European project, because its success is taken for granted. The quarterly journal "integration" takes that as a reason to publish a special issue on Europe’s value. Following Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s plea to make the case for Europe anew, widely recognized experts discuss different dimensions of Europe’s value and question some simple cost-benefit-calculations. Another article deals with the development of European Studies, while the AEI reports from two conferences.

For more information visit IEP website

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"A New Era of Federalism", Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Spring 2012

L´Europe en formation, Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) recently published an article on:

" Une nouvelle ère de fédéralisme - A New Era of Federalism" CIFE, Presses d'Europe, Printemps/Spring 2012, n° 363, ISSN 00144-2808. Numéro sous la direction de Francesco Palermo et Elisabeth Alber (EURAC).

L'Europe en formation publishes, since March 1960, articles on European integration, international relations, European social model and federalism. The electronic diffusion of L'Europe en formation is now undertaken by Cairn.info. The journal is accessible here.

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Peer-reviewed Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, Institute of International Relations, Prague (IIR)

The new issue of the IIR journal Perspectives Vol. 20, No. 1 , 2012 has been published

Perspectives (ISSN 1210-762X) is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year in English. Its subtitle is The Review of International Affairs. It has been published since 1993 and peer-reviewed since 2002. By now it has established itself as the leading journal in Central and Eastern Europe, dealing with ranges of issues from international relations theory to contemporary international politics, including regional and global issues that affect international relations.

Articles published in Perspectives are always based on strong theoretical framework and use sound methodological instruments. In order to ensure that these high standards are met, every article submitted for publication undergoes the process of peer review. Thus, at least two or three world's leading experts in the field concerned are asked to submit their review report on the article. Based on this report, the article is either published or sent back to the author for revision or turned down.

All the volumes of the IRR Journal Perspectives can be download here.

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The first 100 days of Putin’s presidency see a tightening of the screws, Sean Roberts, FIIA Comment 7 (2012)

If Dmitry Medvedev was conciliatory in his final months as president, then Vladimir Putin seems intent on a more combative approach. But the Putin administration's confident moves to re-establish order hide a deeper fear of more protests and a possible colour revolution scenario ahead of the autumn regional elections. All FIIA publications can be downloaded from the institute’s website.

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Emerging multinationals and the role of virtual indirect investors. The case of Hungary by Magdolna Sass, Katalin Antalóczy and Andrea Éltető, Institute of World Economics

Magdolna Sass, Katalin Antalóczy and Andrea Éltető, Emerging multinationals and the role of virtual indirect investors. The case of Hungary. Eastern European Economics Vol. 50. No. 2. 2012, pp. 41-58

Eastern European Economics publishes original research on the newly emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe, with coverage of the ongoing processes of transition to market economics in different countries, their integration into the broader European and global economies, and the ramifications of the 2008-9 financial crisis. An introduction by the journal's editor adds context and expert insights on the articles presented in each issue.

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Monitoring Report 2012 by Gábor Túry and Krisztina Vida, Institute of World Economics

Gábor Túry and Krisztina Vida (eds.), Monitoring jelentés 2012 (Monitoring Report 2012), Institute of World Economics, RCERS, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, July 2012

As part of an annual series, this volume analyses the political and economic situation of the EU10 countries. Although the chapters on the examined ten central and eastern European member states are in Hungarian, the Foreword and the Summary are also available in English and the statistical tables are bilingual too.

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Elcano Royal Institute Publications

FATA in Northern Mali? by Fernando Reinares, Expert Comment 15/2012 - 31/7/2012

Measuring the international presence of countries: the Elcano Institute's IEPG Index methodology revisited, Coordinators: Iliana Olivié and Ignacio Molina. Contributors: Ignacio Álvarez, Bruno Ayllón, Rafael Domínguez, Félix Arteaga, Manuel Gracia, Narciso Michavila and Antonio Vargas. WP 9/2012 (Translated from Spanish) - 20/7/2012 The publication of the IEPG’s 2nd edition entails some methodological changes which, nevertheless, alter neither its essence nor principles.

Spain’s Balancing Act: Net Contributor or Net Beneficiary of the EU Budget by Mario Kölling and Cristina Serrano Leal, ARI 50/2012 - 12/7/2012 In the ongoing negotiation of the MFF 2014-2020, Spain has to balance several interests, requiring a flexible position combined with some firm principles.

Staging the War on Drugs: Media and Organised Crime in Mexico by Edgar Moreno Gómez, WP 8/2012 - 10/7/2012. This Working Paper offers an insight to understand the political ramifications of the news coverage of violence in Mexico. It shows that drug trafficking organisations have important goals related to the media, the impact of news on public opinion and the consequent influence over policy making.

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News from outside the TEPSA network

Call for Applications, Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowships on “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change”

4 Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowships - Climate Change

1 Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Europe in the World

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Hertie School of Governance and Stiftung Mercator are pleased to launch the Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowships as part of a joint research initiative culminating in a Symposium on “Changing the European Debate: ...

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15th Japan-EU Conference ‘ Japan-EU Cooperation in a Changing World: Approaches to Rules and Standards’ 26 November 2012

The University of Leuven, Free University of Brussels, TEPSA, Waseda University and International Christian University are pleased to announce the 15th Japan-EU Conference ‘ Japan-EU Cooperation in a Changing World: Approaches to Rules and Standards’ that will take place on the 26 November 2012, 9h –19h in Brussels at the University Foundation.

The annual Japan-EU Conferences aim to analyze the interaction between Japan and the EU as strategic partners in the wider context of regional dynamics. The conference provides one of the only platforms for policy makers, academics and representatives of business and civil society to exchange views on the current state of affairs of the Japan-EU relationship and formulate ideas and specific suggestions for future policy development. In addition, the conference aims at contributing to policymaking and network-building between actors specialized in the Japan-EU relationship.

The theme selected for the 15th Japan-EU Conference is “Japan-EU Cooperation in a Changing World: Approaches to Rules and Standards”. This conference will tackle specific subjects which are regarded as possible avenues for intensified Japan-EU cooperation: legal issues, economic relations, security cooperation and multilateralism.

This event offers a unique opportunity for debate on both the latest research as well as current policy trends. It brings together academics, experts and policymakers from various parts of the world and proves to be a highly valuable forum to formulate ideas and specific suggestions to fortify the Japan-EU relationship.

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Open Consultations of the European Commission

Consultation on “the future of EU-US trade and economic relations”

TEPSA would like to draw your attention to the following open consultation.

An open consultation has been voiced by the Directorate-General for TRADE published a Consultation on “the future of EU-US trade and economic relations”. This public consultation by the European Commission is aimed at all relevant stakeholders.

The US is a strategic ...

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