TEPSA Newsletter June 2013 Edition

Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute

Federal Trust for Education and Research, United Kingdom

About The Federal Trust

The Federal Trust is a think tank that aims to enlighten public debate on issues arising from the interaction of national, European and global levels of government. Its statutes state that it should promote ‘studies in the principles of international relations, international justice and supranational government.’ Founded in 1945 on the initiative of Sir William Beveridge, it has always had a particular interest in the European Union and Britain's place in it. The Federal Trust has no allegiance to any political party. It is registered as a charity for the purposes of education and research.

Structure and Composition

In addition to the Director and small administrative staff, the Trust has one permanent post-doctoral researcher, works with four Senior Research Fellows in their areas of specific expertise, and enjoys excellent relationships with a wide range of academics and specialists from the commercial and political worlds.  The Trust’s work is guided by its Council of 29 members, many of whom contribute on an ad hoc basis to the Trust’s projects.  The Federal maintains close links with like-minded partner organisations, with whom it collaborates on a project basis.

Projects and Activities

The Trust’s current main research interests are the governance of the Eurozone, democracy in the European Union and the British Coalition government’s European policy.

Throughout 2012 and 2013 the Federal Trust ran two consecutive conference series on the British Coalition’s policy on Europe, entitled “The Coalition after the Honeymoon” and “On the Edge: Britain on the European Sidelines?” respectively. These projects were co-funded by the European Commission Representation in London and led to the publication of two pamphlets: “There May be Trouble Ahead” (May 2012) and “Over the Edge? Britain on the European sidelines” (May 2013). In October 2012 the Federal Trust organised a major conference on European industrial policy, which led to the publication of a report in December under the title “Getting Europe Moving Together”, also supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

The Federal Trust is currently organising a joint project entailing three seminars and a final report with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in London on the topic of “Multi-Speed Europe”. Other occasional conferences have recently included one on “The Referendum – Friend or Enemy of European Integration?” with Professor Richard Rose of University of Strathclyde (June 2013), and an event with Andrew Duff MEP “On Governing Europe” in January 2013.

The Federal Trust has been a long-standing member of TEPSA and as such has been a partner in pan-European projects such as EU-CONSENT and the current LISBOAN project. The Trust sent out in December 2012 a questionnaire to all its partner organisations in TEPSA asking for their responses to a number of specific questions about the possibility of the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union. Their answers formed the basis of a TEPSA publication in February 2013, “Britain and the EU – views of members of the TEPSA network”.

The Trust continuously contributes to the European debate in the UK. Jointly with Lord Hugh Dykes, the Director, Brendan Donnelly, published last year a book “On the Edge,” dealing with a range of European issues of particular controversy in the United Kingdom.  The Director regularly writes for various outlets on such topics as the European budget, the Conservative Party’s policy towards Europe, the future of the euro and European democracy.  The Trust also published in 2012 briefing papers by Anja Lansbergen of Edinburgh University on European citizenship (April 2012) and by John Bruton, the former Irish Prime Minister, entitled “What would happen if Britain left the EU?” (November 2012). The Trust’s Researcher Dr. Andrew Blick published the pamphlet “Neither in nor out: Coalition policy on the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” (January 2012). Political events later in the year, notably the Home Secretary’s suggestion that she favoured a general British opt out from as much Justice and Home Affairs legislation as possible, have emphasized the timeliness and relevance of this pamphlet.

Up-to-date information about the activities of the Federal Trust, including the above mentioned publications, is available on our website: www.fedtrust.co.uk

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News from TEPSA Secretariat


TEPSA Lithuanian Pre-Presidency Conference, 4-5 July 2013, Vilnius

The next TEPSA Pre-Presidency conference which will be held on July 4th–5th, 2013 in Vilnius.

The Conference will concentrate on the main priorities of Lithuanian EU Presidency covering the EU Eastern Partnership Policy, the common energy policy, European economic governance reforms and challenges of differentiation in the EU. We expect participants from Lithuanian governmental institutions and TEPSA institutions from all over Europe.

The event will feature the interventions of Her Excellency Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister and Linas Linkevičius, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Conference is organized by Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRPS VU) and European Integration Studies Center (Vilnius).

Please click here to see the Programme.

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The next TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference, Athens

SAVE THE DATE! We are pleased to inform you that the next Pre-Presidency Conference organised by TEPSA and Greek Centre of European Studies and Research (EKEME) will be held in Athens between 10 and 11 October 2013.

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EXACT Final Conference on EU External, 10-12 July, Brussels

Invitation: EXACT conference on EU External Action, 10-12 July

The Final Conference of the Marie Curie Training Network EXACT will take place at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels from 10 - 12 July 2013. The EXACT Fellows will present their research in form of a poster exhibition and feedback sessions together with their supervisors and the EXACT Visiting Scientist Prof. Brigid Laffan (University College Dublin). Furthermore, guest speakers and a roundtable with participants from the EXACT partner projects INCOOP and PEGASUS will contribute to the three-day conference. All in all the draft programme foresees three public events:

  • July 10 at 18h00 - The opening of the poster exhibition in the framework of a public reception and an intervention by Prof. Jolyon Howorth (University of Bath);
  • July 11 at 17h00 -The key note address of David O’Sullivan (Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service) and a reception;
  • July 12, 9h30-11.00 - The public roundtable “The Future of EU PhD Studies”.

The venue of the conference is the Fondation Universitaire, rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels. Here you can consult the full Programme EXACT Final Conference.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation indicating the day(s) of attendance to wulf.reiners@uni-koeln.de by July 5.

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Cooperation with the European Parliament

On 15 May TEPSA together with its Member Institutes and external experts submitted a bid in 8 lots to the European Parliament's tender on "Research networks to provide foreign policy expertise" (Contract reference EP/EXPO/B/FWC/2013-08). The outcome will be known by the end of summer 2013.

In June 2013 the European Parliament accepted the study on "the Development of a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB)" prepared by the team of experts composed of: Christian Moelling (SWP Berlin), Valerio Briani and Allessandro Marrone (Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome), and Tomas Valasek (the Central European Policy Institute in Bratislava). The hearing and workshop took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 May 2013. The study will be available soon.

On 25 June two Standard Briefings, requested within the Framework Contract, were sent to the European Parliament. Clara Portela, a professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, wrote a paper titled "The Association of Southeast Asian National (ASEAN): Integration, internal dynamics and external relations, and Jonathan Holslag, a professor of international politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, delivered an expertise "The future of the EU-ASEAN partnership". On 18 June a public hearing “Foreign policy considerations in EU relations with ASEAN and Southeast Asia” was organized at the European Parliament. The experts C. Portela and J. Holslag presented the results of their research and took part in a discussion with the Members of the EP's AFET Committee.

The European Parliament requested from TEPSA organisation of a workshop “The future of the Common Security and Defence Policy”, which will be held during the meeting of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence on 10 July in Brussels, between 11:00 and 13:00. In the event will participate the following experts: Sven Biscop (Egmont Brussels, tbc.), Jan Techau (Carnegie Brussels), Antonio Missiroli (EU ISS Paris) and Alessandro Marrone (IAI Rome).

On 11 July TEPSA together with the experts of the Instituto Affari Internazionali: Jean-Pierre Darnis, Nicolò Sartori and Anna Veclani (et.al), will deliver the final version of the study "Space, Sovereignty and European Security - Building European capabilities in an advanced institutional framework" (reference EXPO/B/SEDE/2012/21). The hearing will be organised at the European Parliament in September 2013.

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Conference "The European Council – The Many Faces of a Key Institution", 20-21 June, Brussels

On 20-21 June a conference on "The European Council – The Many Faces of a Key Institution" took place in Brussels. The event was jointly organised by the Cologne Monnet Association for EU Studies e.V COMOS, the Institute for European Politics in Berlin and TEPSA. The meeting event was a surprise anniversary conference for professor Wolfgang Wessels marking the 20th anniversary of his Jean Monnet Chair in Cologne, his 65th birthday earlier this year and the 40 years of his engagement for the Institute for European Politics, Berlin. The panel sessions concentrated upon three topics: Evolution of the European Council, The European Council on the Global Stage, The European Council as the EU’s Economic Government. The interesting discussions will be included in Wolfgang Wessels new book on the European Council (forthcoming).

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THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders 2013 "The Future of EU Economic Governance", 17-21.06.2013, Brussels

To promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans, each year the THESEUS Seminars look for excellent young professionals and researchers to discuss European challenges with high-level experts and decision makers. 

This year, under the supervision of prof Iain Begg from the London School of Economics, THESEUS Resident Researcher 2013, 15 participants met in Brussel to discuss the Future of EU Economic Governane. The three intensive days of lectures and echanges were followed by a Moot Court simulation. 

Consult the Program THESEUS Summer School 2013. For further information, please see http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/

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Roundtable discussion on the European Asylum Support Office and the Common European Asylum System, 13 June, Brussels

On Thursday 13 June TEPSA, in cooperation with The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Erasmus University Rotterdam, organised a discussion meeting on the European Asylum Support Office and the Common European Asylum System.


The Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Rob Visser held a keynote speech on the latest state of play as well as his perspective on the implementation of the CEAS and the functioning of the EASO. MEP Jean Lambert and Kris Pollet (Senior Policy and Legal Officer European Council on Refugees and Exiles) gave their comments. After the presentations there was an exchange with the floor, moderated by Jaap de Zwaan (TEPSA Board member, Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the The Hague University).


The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is provided for in article 78 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It provides that the Union shall develop a common policy on asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection with a view to offering appropriate status to any third-country national requiring international protection in accordance with the principle of non-refoulement and the 1951 Geneva Convention on the status of refugees. During the first phase of the CEAS (1999 to 2005) four Directives were adopted dealing with minimum standards. EU Member States committed themselves to complete the second phase, the establishment of a Common European Asylum System, by 2012. The deadline of 2012 was not met, negotiations are in a final stage under the Irish Presidency. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) was established in 2010, with the aim of enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters and helping Member States to fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need and to contribute to the implementation of the Common European Asylum System.

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The Final Conference of the LISBOAN project, 6-7 June, Brussels 

On June 6th and 7th, 2013, the concluding conference of the LISBOAN network took place at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels. TEPSA as one of the 68 partners in this pan-European network that aims to strengthen cooperation between institutions of higher education and research, was the principal organiser of the conference jointly with the University of Cologne. The topic that served as this year's thread was "Applying the Lisbon Treaty in difficult times: Towards an interim balance of past achievements, future challenges and possible explanations". In a multi-disciplinary approach, six working groups convened by LISBOAN workpackage leaders discussed the Lisbon Treaty from various perspectives. A roundtable featuring all Steering Committee members took up these debates with a view to feeding into a “LISBOAN summary paper”, a first draft of which was available at the conference. The paper is currently being revised and will be published in due course.

Rounding off the conference, Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament, shared his thoughts on the future of the European Union in a keynote speech, and the award ceremony for the LISBOAN awards took place. Reports on the individual parts of the conference will be available shortly at www.lisboan.net

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Spring 2013 at EXACT

EXACT Intervision Seminar at the University of Cagliari, Italy, 14-15 June 2013

On 14-15 June six EXACT Fellows - Vanessa Boas, Andrew Byrne, Niklas Helwig, Nicole Koenig, Marco Siddi and Simon Stross – participated in the EXACT Intervision Seminar at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia. EXACT Visiting Scientist Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (Cambridge University) commented on the work presented by the Fellows. The event was hosted by Dr. Christian Rossi and Dr. Gianluca Borzoni of the University of Cagliari.

The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for the EXACT Fellows to discuss draft chapters of their PhD dissertation and analyse theoretical, methodological and empirical issues. The Faculty of Political Science at Cagliari University offered a stimulating and pleasant work environment. Other members of the academic staff and local PhD students also participated in the seminar proceedings.

News from EXACT Fellows

Leonhard den Hertog and Simon Stroß, Coherence in EU External Relations: Concepts and Legal Rooting of an Ambiguous Term, "European Foreign Affairs Review", Volume 18, Issue 3 (forthcoming).

Anita Sęk, participation in the International Summer School THESEUS "The Future of EU Economic Governance", 17-21.06.2013, Brussels.

Anita Sęk, presentation Azerbaijani persepctive on the European Union as a regional and global actor, at the “New Challenges in the European Area: Young Scientist’s 1st International Baku Forum“, organized by Azerbaijan Young Scientists, Postgraduate and Masters Union (AYSPMU), in cooperation with European Council on Doctoral Students and Young Researchers Eurodoc, 20-25.05.2013, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Anita SękWorkshop Report: The Development of a European Defence Technological and Investment Base, European Parliament, May 2013, Brussels.

Marco Siddi, Russia and the forging of memory and identity in Europe, in Studia Diplomatica 65(4), 2012, pp. 77-103. Read the article here.

Marco Siddi, authoring, editing and coordination of special issue of Meridiani Relazioni Internazionali on Putin III, one year after re-election, May 2013, available here (in Italian).

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes

IIRPS VU researchers win the best comparative politics research study award

Joint committee (Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis et al.) awarded the article “Ex post control and steering of government agencies in Lithuania and Romania” as the best study in comparative politics research. It was prepared by the joint team of researchers from IIRPS VU and Babeş Bolyai University (Romania).

Five authors of the study (Prof. Vitalis Nakrošis, Dr. Žilvinas Martinaitis from IIRPS VU and three Romanian university researchers) received individual certificates and a single prize of $500. Vitalis Nakrošis together with a Romanian researcher presented article at the 21th NISPAcee (Central and Eastern European Public Administration Network of Institutes and Schools) annual conference "Regionalisation and Inter-regional Cooperation”, which took place on May 16-18, 2013 in Belgrade (Serbia).

This article was prepared for Public Administration Review magazine symposium.

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Nominations and prizes at the Sciences Po, Paris

Last year, Virginie Guiraudon was elected for 4 years to the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies and has just been elected to the Executive Committee of the section "European politics and society of the American Political Science Association" (APSA). She has been appointed to the Belgian FNRS from 2013 as a member of the FORESIGHT interdisciplinary Board and as a member of the Social science and humanities Committee. More information here.

Agathe Voisin has been awarded the Albert Memmi Prize at the occasion of the international symposium dedicated to Attitudinal change towards Jews and Muslims in France in a comparative perspective which has been organised by the CEE on 18-20 April 2013. Her poster on “Ethnicity in young lives at a time of hardening nationalistic and identity tensions. From discriminations to new individuations in French and British societies" shows how young people live and politicize discrimination differently in Bondy and Newham. This award is funded by the French Association of Political Science, the Open Society Foundation  and the POLINE (“Politics of Inequalities”) network. More information here.

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The FIIA has appointed Programme Directors for the period 2014-2016

Mika Aaltola, Juha Jokela and Arkady Moshes will continue in their current positions in the next three-year period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016.

Dr Mika Aaltola leads the Global Security Research Programme, which focuses on global trajectories of security that have significance for the European and Finnish security environments. Dr Aaltola received his doctoral degree from the University of Tampere and has worked at the University of Minnesota as a Visiting Professor. In his research, Dr Aaltola has focused for instance on US domestic and foreign policy and great power relations.

Dr Juha Jokela leads the European Union Research Programme, which focuses on the EU’s external relations, institutional development and economy. Dr Jokela received his doctorate from the University of Bristol and has previously worked e.g. as Director of the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies. Dr Jokela’s research has focused on the EU’s foreign and security policy among other things.

Dr Arkady Moshes leads the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme which focuses especially on Russian domestic and foreign policy. Dr Moshes received his doctorate from the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences and he has published extensively on issues such as Russia-EU relations and Ukrainian and Belarusian domestic and foreign policy.

The principal responsibility of the Programme Directors is to lead their research programme and to take part in the planning of the Institute’s research activities. In addition, Programme Directors have their individual research agendas.

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Summer University Programmes 2013 in Croatia, Lithuania, Romania/Bulgaria, Turkey, and the UK

Apply now, a few places are still available!

CIFE invites students and young professionals to apply for its one-week Summer University Courses on specific European topics. A balanced mixture of seminars, lectures, and cultural visits ensure an active involvement of the students. Participants have the possibility to work and discuss their ideas in an open atmosphere and within a multidisciplinary and strongly international framework. A limited number of scholarships is available for particularly qualified candidates.

Dubrovnik (Croatia), "La place de la Croatie dans l'UE et dans les Balkans après l'adhésion", 30.6.-6.7.2013, working language: French

Vilnius (Lithuania),“The Baltic Countries in Europe”, 15.-21.7.2013; working language: English

Slobozia/Delta du Danube (Romania) and Silistra (Bulgaria), “L’Europe en tant que Communauté de Droit : les problèmes minoritaires”, 28.7.-4.8.2013, working language: French

Canterbury – University of Kent (UK), "Federalism, Multinationalism and the future of Europe", 10.-17.8.2013; working language: English

Izmir (Turkey), “The 3 seas axis: Caspian Sea - Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea changing politics", 8.-14.9.2013, working language: English

For further information: www.cife.eu, see: Other Academic Programmes

To apply please contact: Marie-France Perdigon, Director of the Summer University Programme; marie-france.perdigon@cife.eu,

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Online Master Programme EU-Central Asia continues, IEP in cooperation with CIFE

After the graduation of the first class of 25 students, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) continue the master programme “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System” in August 2013.

Thanks to significant funding from the Volkswagen Foundation and additional financial supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme Jean Monnet of the European Commission, IEP and CIFE can offer 30 young academic professionals from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as from the Chinese region of Xinjiang and the Indian region of Kashmir, the chance to obtain a master’s degree in “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System”. The program is going to start in August 2013 and will end with the final examinations in March 2015.

Further information about the master programme and the application procedure are available at www.eucais.org.

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Master in Advanced European and International Studies 2013/14, Nice - Berlin - Istanbul - Rome

A few last places available – apply now!

Would you like to deepen your knowledge in European Studies and International Relations? To study in three different places in one year – in the three official working languages of the European Commission?

The Institut européen·European Institute (IE·EI) in Nice, France invites graduate students and young professionals to apply for its Master programme 2013/14. The “Master in Advanced European and International Studies” offers an overarching, encompassing vision of the political, social, economic, and cultural problems of today´s modern world. The programme (October 2013 till June 2014) takes place in Nice and Berlin plus a two-week-seminar at our partner University in Rome. Teaching languages are English, French, and German.

A limited number of scholarships is available for particularly qualified candidates.
Deadline for applications: 15.7.2013
For more information please consult: www.ie-ei.eu. To apply: ie-ei@cife.eu.

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Professional Training on EU Affairs - 2013 Spring and Summer Courses, College of Europe

Intensive Seminar on the EU (20th Edition!), Bruges & Brussels, 1-19 July 2013, 8-19 July 2013, 8-12 July 2013
All you need to know about EU decision-making and policies! Choose from one- to three-week courses tailored to your level of experience.
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EU Competition Law, Bruges, 8-12 July 2013
Deepen your knowledge and develop the professional skills necessary to master the legal complexities of EU competition law and overcome daily challenges at work. More info

Download here the full catalogue - 2013 Training Programme

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Upcoming Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

PhD summer school “The EU, its neighbourhood and the ENP (...)”, CoE Natolin, 30 June - 13 July 2013

The European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus is organising a PhD Summer school on “The EU, its Neighbourhood and the European Neighbourhood Policy: EU Foreign Policy in Times of Change, Crisis and Stagnation” from 30 June to 13 July 2013 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw). The purpose is to bring together and train 22 PhD students from all across Europe in theoretical, empirical and research-strategic issues on the subject matter. Additionally, the purpose is to support PhD students in furthering their research projects. The PhD Summer School will focus on the role of the European Union (EU) as an international actor in its southern and eastern neighourhood before and after the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty. It will analyse the evolution and implications of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the state of political and economic transformation in the EU’s neighbourhood, but also how the local, national and regional dynamics in the neighbourhood affect EU policies and politics. Accordingly, the School has a tri-dimensional outlook: it will deal with the implications of the foreign policy behaviour and action of the EU, its agents and policies in what the EU defines as its neighbourhood; it will discuss recent political and socio-economic developments in ENP partner countries, in particular in light of the Arab Spring, processes of political transition, “stubborn authoritarianism”, frozen conflicts, as well as wider regional developments, and it will look into the impact of EU-neighbourhood relations on the EU’s institutions and policies. Speakers include Martin Holland (University of Canterbury, Christchurch), Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham), Charlotte Bretherton (Liverpool John Moores University), Peter Burnell (Warwick University), Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute, Brussels), Hiski Haukkala (Tampere University), Peter Van Elsuwege (Ghent University) and many others.

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Past Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

Spring 2013 at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes

Research Seminar on European Integration, co-organised by members of Sciences Po, CEE, CERI, CEVIPOF and the Centre d’histoire. This interdisciplinary seminar is gathering junior and senior researchers interested in the study of European integration broadly conceived. The invited speakers are members of the research community at Sciences Po or external researchers, working on European issues in the perspective of political science, political theory, political sociology, international relations or history. The seminar aims to contribute to the reflection and academic debate on the process of European integration, its practical, theoretical and normative stakes as well as the applicable research methods. To know more about this seminar click here. L'Union par le droit. L'invention d'un programme institutionnel pour l'Europe, Monday 17 June 2013, Sciences Po, Paris. With Antoine Vauchez (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon - Sorbonne, Centre européen de sociologie et science politique, CNRS). Discussion: Adrian Favell (Sciences Po, CEE). More information available here.

4th Seminar of National models of growth and social welfare “Disparity, growth and social welfare” ((In-)égalité, croissance et protection sociale), 20-21 June 2013, Sciences Po, Paris. Organization: Sciences Po, CEE and LIEPP, CEPREMAP, DREES. More information available here.

Seminar “The political consequences of the Great Recession”, Tuesday 25 June 2013, Sciences Po, Paris. With Hanspeter Kriesi (IUE). Discussion: Emiliano Grossman and Simon Persico (Sciences Po, CEE). More information available here.

Joint Doctoral Student Workshop and Doctoral Prize “The EU as a Global Actor”, 27-28 June 2013, Sciences Po and IRSEM, Paris. Since 2010, The Institut de recherche stratégique de l’Ecole militaire (IRSEM), in partnership with the Centre d’études européennes - Sciences Po (CEE), have been running a yearly joint doctoral seminar on the theme “The EU as a Global Actor”. This year the theme is “Europe and the use of force”. More information available here.

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The future of nuclear weapons: The U.S. – Russia – North Korea – Iran, oiip Vienna, 25 June 2013

"The future of nuclear weapons: The U.S. – Russia – North Korea – Iran“, 25 June 2013, Vienna
Panelists: Rüdiger Frank, Head of Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, Heinz Gärtner, Academic director of the oiip; Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Siegfried Hecker, VCDNP Visiting Distinguished Scholar (on sabbatical from Stanford University), Alexander Kmentt, Director for disarmament, arms control & non-proliferation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria

Moderator: Fabio Polly, Journalist at the ORF

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Kultaranta talks with FIIA, 16–17 June 2013

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö hosted a debate on foreign and security policy at Kultaranta on 16–17 June 2013. The Kultaranta talks feature a wide-ranging discussion on the current and future state of Finland's foreign and security policy.

The participants invited to the event include around one hundred foreign and security policy experts from various areas of society, including political decision-makers, researchers and representatives of administrations, business life, organisations and the media.

The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland organized the event in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

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The Arab Spring: The Moroccan Perspective, IIR, 10 June 2013, Prague

Public lecture “The Arab Spring: The Moroccan Perspective”, 10 June 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague. A public lecture and a subsequent discussion with Abdelilah Benkirane, Prime Minister of Morocco.

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Events at the Institute for Development and International Relations IRMO, Zagreb

Conference “Further EU Enlargement in South Eastern Europe – the Road Ahead”, 17 April 2013, Westin Hotel, Zagreb                 

The Institute for Development and the International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) from Stockholm organized the conference on enlargement on the occasion of the visit of the Swedish Royal couple to Croatia. The main purpose of this event, supported by the Swedish Embassy in Zagreb, was to assess implications of Croatian EU accession on the 1 of July 2013 for continuation of the EU enlargement process in the region of South-Eastern Europe. The speakers at the conference were Neven Mimica, Deputy Prime Minister for Home, Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Paul Vandoren, Head of the EU Delegation in Croatia as well as experts from each country of the region and Turkey. In assessing implications of Croatian EU membership the panellists indicated that it represents the EU gateway for the whole SEE region. See more information here.

50th Anniversary of the Institute for Development and International Relations, 21 May 2013, Mimara Museum, Zagreb

The Institute for Development and International Relations celebrated its 50th anniversary under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, Ph.D., in the Mimara Museum in Zagreb on May 21, 2013. It was the occasion for recalling the long history, the different areas of research and the work of the Institute, as well as for presenting the Institute's vision of its future development. See more information here.

Culturelink Conference “Cultural Diversity, Civil Society and International Cultural Cooperation in South East Europe”, 3-4 June 2013, Mimara museum, Zagreb 

This event was organized jointly by the Culturelink / IRMO and the Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo in cooperation with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice). The aim of the conference was to assess cultural diversity as the principal challenge of our time, analysed as such in all the EU’s cultural programs. UNESCO's Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2005, was at the centre of the Conference programme. The Convention aims to foster cultural interaction and dialogue, and to establish innovative approaches towards international cooperation. See more information here.

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Events at IWE, Budapest

Regular monthly events of the Europe Club in Budapest

17 April: "Hungary in the mirror of abroad", by Krisztián Szabados, managing director, Political Capital

14 May: "The Eurocrisis and Hungarian monetary policy", by Péter Felcsuti, former president of the Hungarian Banking Association

Presentation of foreign experts

3 April: Jürgen Jaerger, University of Regensburg, Vice Rector for International Affairs and Institute for East and Southeast European Studies: "The government debt crisis in the EMU: What can we learn?"

International conferences

18-19 April, Budapest: "The Good Society and Europe - After the Crash", organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Budapest Office. Keynote speach by András Inotai on "Progressive growth strategies in Europe"

7 May, Vienna, "60 years of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe - Jubilee conference with contribution on the present and future of the Danube region in the European Union", by András Inotai

24 May, IWE Budapest, “Developing trade and trade policy relations with the European Union: Experience of V4 countries and implications/lessons for Eastern Partnership”. Project no. 21250031 financed by the International Visegrad Fund. The event was organized by the Institute of World Economics and aimed to discuss trade policy issues. One the one hand, the experts from the V4 countries explained the experiences and lessons of these countries’ trade relations with the EU prior to accession, on the other hand the Eastern Partnership countries’ experience with their EU-relations and their expectations vis-à-vis the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) were analysed. Finally, the potential impact of the DCFTA on Russia’s post-Soviet integration plans was discussed.

The speakers were the following experts: Elżbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska (Warsaw School of Economics), Andrea Vargova (Faculty of Commerce University of Economics Bratislava), Lidia Shynkaruk (Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences), Adrian Lupusor (Expert-Group, Moldova), Merab Kakulia (Georgian Fundation for Strategic and International Studies), Vugar Bayramov (Center for Economic and Social Development, Baku), as well as Zsuzsa Ludvig, Tamás Novák, Sándor Meisel and Tamás Szigetvári from the host Institute.

28 May, Sofia, Presentation of the study on "Sustainable growth based on export-oriented economic strategy. The Bulgarian case in an international comparison", organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Sofia Office and the Economic Policy Institute, Sofia. Presenter: András Inotai, author of the study

6-7 June, Brussels, "LISBOAN Third Annual Conference Working Group Workpackage III: Economic and Financial Policy" (moderated by András Inotai)

25 June, Prague, Conference “In a post-crisis mood: looking for potential future drivers of V4 cooperation”. Organized by the Institute of World Economics of CERSHAS, but hosted by EUROPEUM, Prague, the event was dedicated to discussing EU governance trends as well as the mid-term economic outlook for the Union and their consequences for the Visegrad countries. The speakers came from the Warsaw School of Economics, from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, from EUROPEUM, from IWE, as well as from the Embassies of the Visegard countries in Prague. The conference took place in the framework of a project (No. 31210045) financed by the International Visegrad Fund and managed by Gábor Túry, research fellow at IWE.

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Spring 2013 Events at Elcano

Conference: “Poland and Spain: working together in a Europe in flux”, 27 May 2013, Elcano Royal Institute and the Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw. How to cooperate in a Europe in flux? Experts from PISM and the Elcano Royal Institute were attempting to answer this question during in a roundtable held in Warsaw (Poland), organised by the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and the Elcano Royal Institute. With the participation of Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, and Federico Steinberg, Senior Analyst for International Economics. More information available here.

Roundtable: Presentation of the results of the research project "Foreign Investment and Development in North Africa", on the effects of foreign investment in the development of Morocco and Algeria. Project of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Real Instituto Elcano, funded by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), 27 May 2013. More information available here.

Meeting with Alex Petriashvili, State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, about the political transition of his country after the 2012 elections, Elcano Royal Institute, 22 May 2013. More information availabloe here.

Seminar: 8th edition of the conference "Europa a debate". Towards a real European Monetary Union: Democratic Legitimacy and Accountability, 17 May 2013. Under the Irish Presidency of the European Union, the Carlos of Antwerp Foundation, in collaboration with other think tanks and institutions from Spain and Europe, proposes a new "Europa a debate" conference. Organization: Antwerp Carlos Foundation, with the collaboration of the Real Instituto Elcano. More information available here.

Lecture by Erlan A. Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, 13 May 2013. Presented by Marcelino Oreja, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and with the participation of Bakyt Dyussenbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Spain, and Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, Chairman of the Elcano Royal Institute. Embassy of Kazakhstan in Spain and the Elcano Royal Institute. More information available here.

Presentation of the results of the 3rd wave of the Spain Brand Barometer that analyzes the opinion that citizens of different countries have on Spain, 24 April 2013. The BME is part of the Spain Brand Monitor (SBM) of the Real Instituto Elcano, which is based on a set of studies and research designed to perform rigorous and systematic monitoring of the image of Spain in the world. Real Instituto Elcano, 24 Apr 2013. More information available here.

Roundtable on the Spanish view of how to reinvent the Eurozone, 23 April 2013, Elcano Royal Institute and Chatham House, Madrid. This roundtable discussion was focused on how the eurozone countries, particularly Spain, are responding to the crisis and the proposed banking union. The event was part of a project about European Economic Governance carried out by Chatham House, AREL (Agenzia di Ricerche e Legislazione) and the Elcano Royal Institute. It aims to advance the debate on European economic governance and suggest a constructive framework for strengthening it. More information avaialble here.

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Conference "Ten Years After Thessaloniki (...)", IIEA, 24 May 2013, Dublin

Conference on "Ten Years After Thessaloniki: An appraisal of the EU perspective and challenges in the Western Balkans", the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Dublin

On 24 May, the IIEA and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted a high-level conference to mark the tenth anniversary of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Thessaloniki. At this summit in 2003 a firm commitment was made to the countries of the region that ‘the future of the Balkans is within the European Union’. The Thessaloniki Agenda continues to shape the EU’s relations with the region, although the euro crisis and the consequent focus on institutional change within the Union pose significant challenges for the future of enlargement to the Western Balkans. This conference reflected on the progress made over the last ten years, the difficulties encountered and the outlook for the completion of the project.

The conference was hosted by Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, TD, and opened by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD. Other speakers included Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Füle; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Vesna Pusic; and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, Dr. Miroslav Lajcák.

Videos, speech transcripts and podcasts of the conference are now available on the IIEA website.

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German-Baltic Strategy Talks 2013 in Riga, 16-17 May 2013

On May 16-17, 2013, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized the German-Baltic Strategy Talks 2013. Prominent experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, and also from Hungary and Poland, took part in the event that this year came under a subtitle “Overcoming the Eurocrisis: Baltic-German Strategic Engagement”.

The German-Baltic Strategy Talks 2013 were devoted to research and debates on the changes that are caused by problems and shifts within the Eurozone, the European Union and global politics. Germany is one the leading countries in the EU and aspiring European champions in economic and political achievements; the Baltic States form an important part of the functioning the Baltic region. Are the Baltic States a new natural partner for Germany, and what is the place of the Baltics in the emerging re-shaped European Union? Can one identify Europe’s future in the context of the Mu;ti-Annual Financial Framework 2014-2020 talks and the sovereign debt crisis? Is there in Europe a political and economic alliance that is sustainable without the securitizing presence of the US? Can we perceive the EU's relations with the CIS countries without the European Neighbourhood Policy? While answering these questions, new issues for future debate were posed at the event.

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Deutsch-Französischer Dialog 2013, 16-17 May 2013

The 15th Deutsch-Französischer Dialog (Franco-German Dialogue) under the heading "Federal Europe? Solidarity – Subsidiarity – Democracy" took place in Otzenhausen (Germany) on 16 and 17 May 2013. The Franco-German Dialogue is annually organized by the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) and other partners.

In spite of the progress already achieved, the European Union has not fully overcome its ongoing crises. In light of this consideration, participants of the 15th Franco-German Dialogue discussed future perspectives of European integration in two panels and four working groups. The debates centered on the question of the necessity of a federal structured Europe. This puzzle was broken down into four working groups that discussed a European social model, means to create a European public and the composition of an upcoming convention. The working group, which was organized by IEP, addressed the reform of the Union’s architecture in light of the vision of a political union.

Further information about the Franco-German Dialogue are available here.

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Spring 2013 Events at oiip

11 March "Brennpunkte der internationalen Politik: USA – Naher Osten – Mali im Kontext internationaler Machtverschiebungen", Podiumsdiskussion & Präsentation des oiip-Jahrbuchs ADD-ON 12; Summary available here.

17 April: "Unrest, Protest and Revolution: Sea Change in the Mediterranean", Panel Discussions: Common Action 2013 of the Austrian Network of Anna Lindh Foundation. In cooperation with: Anna Lindh Foundation, European Parliament, Information office Austria, European Commission, Der Standard, Kreisky Forum, Institut für Konfliktforschung, Austrian Commission for UNESCO, YCC Austria and ideaz. Program available here.

- Panel I: From Tahir to Puerta del Sol - A common call for democracy and social justice?

- Panel II: Individual action and social movements - New ways of participation beyond trade unions an political parties?

- Panel III: Through the eyes of photo journalists - The psychological and social aspect of photo coverage focusing on the "Arab spring" and the "Israeli/Palestinian conflict"

18 April: "The Missing Sense of Togetherness in the Mediterranean Space and its Borders", Public Lecture: Common Action 2013 of the Austrian Network of Anna Lindh Foundation; Program available here.

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Conference "Putin 3.0 One Year On: What has changed in Russia?", 15 April 2013

Putin 3.0 One Year On: What has changed in Russia? 15 April, The Parliament Annex Auditorium, Helsinki, Finland

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (University of Tartu) and Chatham House (UK) held an international conference aimed at taking stock of Russian politics a year after the return of Putin. Researchers from Russia and Europe analysed key developments in Russia's domestic politics, defence and security and foreign policy to determine what, if anything, has changed in Russia over the past 12 months.

Summary of the conference and audio recordings of presentations available here.

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"The Passage to Europe: How a continent became a Union" by Luuk van Middelaar

Review by Laura Ventura

After previous editions in Dutch, Polish, Hungarian and French, Luuk van Middelaar's book has now been published in English under the title 'The Passage to Europe: How a continent became a Union'. It is a timely book in the light of the different crisis that Europe is currently facing. Luuk van Middelaar contributes to the discussion on the future of Europe in general and on the construction of a common European political order in particular, in a comprehensive and a detailed manner. This book recounts the main events, crisis and compromises that shaped the European construction. The role of the different entities active at the different levels is also described: a distinction is made between the “outer sphere” of geopolitics (the continent's nations), the “inner sphere” of the Community (the EU Institutions) and the “intermediate sphere” of member states sitting at the same table of the European Council to try to speak with one voice.

This multifaceted book provides a historical, philosophical and political pictures of the 60 years of the European continent. Luuk van Middelaar covers the themes of the common 'finalité politique' emergence, the outcome of external events on the EU’s history and the quest for public legitimacy. Without using any acronyms or European jargon, this book is accessible to European citizens in a wide sense and provides a clear picture of the institutional landscape.

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Final Report of the European Global Strategy Project

Towards a European Global Strategy. Securing European influence in a changing world, Elcano Royal Institute, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the International Affairs Institute and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 28 May 2013.

The European Global Strategy project, initiated by the Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Spain, Poland and Italy, is based on the premise that it is necessary to think strategically in changing times. This project is led by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Elcano Royal Institute, the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the Istituto Affari Internazionali and aims to encourage debate and provide some ideas about the elements of an external action strategy for the European Union.

The first result of the project is a report with the essential elements of a European global strategy under the title Towards a European Global Strategy. Securing European influence in a changing world. More information available also here.

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Towards a European Global Strategy, through Coordinated Regional Approaches

The European Institute of Romania is pleased to announce its contribution to the debate on the European Global Strategy, entitled “Towards a European Global Strategy, through Coordinated Regional Approaches”, available here.

The paper argues that the EGS should seek to put to work those elements that define EU’s raison d’être in terms of core values and interests and those areas where Europeans can bring a positive contribution: respect for human rights, rule of law, territorial security and increased responsibility towards the neighbourhood. These elements should also be present in the debate on the future review of the ESS. The EU should further seek to expand the areas where it can bring a relevant concrete contribution and maximise its soft power potential, transposed into mediation and civilian capabilities. This involves adopting a predominantly political approach, characterized by flexibility - rather than a purely technical one - towards its Southern and Eastern neighbourhood and enhancing cooperation with other actors in the area, such as Turkey, by favouring regional cooperation formats. Tackling insufficient or limited consultation and cooperation among European member states is part of the problem in reaching a consensus on which policies should be adopted in external action. Consequently, deepened mutual knowledge among member states as to the ambitions of a European global strategy remains crucial.

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Towards a European Global Strategy: three levels for EU external action

A report recently published outlines three levels for EU external action, making proposals such as: building four global partnerships with the US, Turkey, Russia and China and jointly working toward global governance reform; developing the external dimensions of EU single market and energy policies; and re-engaging with the strategic neighbourhood.

The report, entitled Towards a European Global Strategy has been produced by four European think tanks, following the initiative put forth by the Foreign Ministries of Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

According to the report, the EU should forge a new Atlantic community with the US, on the basis of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which should be rapidly implemented. This partnership should be politico-strategic in nature and tailored to jointly address the main issues on the international agenda. The EU should offer Turkey a wide-ranging, enhanced political partnership, without awaiting the conclusion of the accession process, which should be successfully completed in the near future.

The strategic neighbourhood is a geopolitical space that goes beyond those states whose geographical proximity connects them to the Union, and also include broader areas that are functionally linked to vital European interests, such as the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, the Arctic and adjacent sea-lines.

The EU should consider states in the strategic neighbourhood as potential partners, and initiate a political dialogue with them in order to agree on common priorities and actions, by abandoning the logic of mere conditionality. The EU and its member states should advance comprehensive security in this area by being prepared to undertake the full spectrum of civilian and military missions in order to manage crises which threaten vital European interests.

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Think Global - Act European IV: Thinking Strategically about the EU's External Action

Elvire Fabry and Chiara Rosselli (eds.), Paris, Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute, April 2013

This is the report that a network of 16 European think tanks  "Think Global, Act European" founded in 2008 by the French Notre Europe-Institut Jacques Delors issues every eighteen months on the EU's new priorities to be presented to the so-called "trio presidencies" of the EU.

In this fourth edition of the report, the IAI contributed as co-leader of Working Group IV on the European Neighbourhood Policy. A seminar on the topic was already organized in Rome in 2012. Contributions presented at the seminar by Michele Comelli, Amirah Fernandez, Timo Behr and Adam Balcer were then merged in the final report. The report was presented on 15 May 2013 during a public conference entitled "Un nouvel élan d'action pour une stratégie extérieure de l'UE".

Data sheet on the publication available here.

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Austrian Institute for International Affairs - oiip Working Papers

Hakan Akbulut, The G8 Global Partnership: From Kananaskis to Deauville and Beyond, Working Paper 67/13, March 2013, available here.

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OPAL Country Reports

The OPAL project (Observatory of Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty) has published country reports on all EU national parliaments on its website.

The reports give detailed information on the institutional set-up of each national parliament and the newly introduced procedures to cope with the Lisbon Treaty provisions. The reports are based on the assessments of country experts (filling out an OPAL questionnaire) from all 28 EU member states (including Croatia).

The information provided in the reports gives first insights into the “Palgrave Handbook on National Parliaments and the EU” in which each author contributes with an own country chapter.

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The latest policy paper by Ondřej Ditrych, IIR

Ondřej, Ditrych, To Catch a Fogle, Institute of International Relations, Prague, May 2013, available here.

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Publications from the College of Europe

Michele Chang and Jӧrg Monar (eds.), The European Commission in the Post-Lisbon Era of Crises: Between Political Leadership and Policy Management, Brussels: Peter Lang 2013). Available here.

Michele Chang, Georg Menz and Mitchell P. Smith (eds.), Special Issue: Redefining European Economic Governance, Journal of European Integration v35 i3, April 2013.

Irene Fernández Molina, El Parlamento Europeo y el conflicto de Libia (2011): ¿una tribuna moral eficiente?, in Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, April 2013.

Michal Natorski, Deeds not declarations: Ukraine's convergence with the EU's foreign and security policies until 2010 in GerganaNoutcheva, Karolina Pomorska and Giselle Bosse, The EU and its neighbours. Values versus security in European foreign policy, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.

Dimitris Bouris, “Palestine donors: time to end paper solutions to real problems”, in euobserver.com.

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Spring 2013 Publications by IIEA, Dublin

Michael G Tutty, Reforming European Economic Governance, The Institute of International and European Affairs, 15 May 2013. More information available here.

John O’Hagan, Shared Economic Sovereignty: Beneficial or Not and Who Decides?, The Institute of International and European Affairs, 30 May 2013. More information available here.

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The first Policy Brief for the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Malta

The first Policy Brief for the Jean Monnet Chair 'An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region' has been issued online. The Policy Brief, entitled 'What’s the use of a transatlantic free trade area?' has been contributed by Dr Susanna Thede, Senior Lecturer at the Institute for European Studies. It is available on the Jean Monnet Chair website. The Jean Monnet Chair website also contains the Chair's Occasional Papers.

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Publication "Baltic-German Strategic Engagement: Realignment after the Eurocrisis?", LIIA

Aldis Austers, Kārlis Bukovskis, Kai-Olaf Lang, and Andris Sprūds, Baltic-German Strategic Engagement: Realignment after the Eurocrisis?, Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2013, available here.

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FIIA Publications - Spring 2013

FIIA Briefing Papers

Harri Mikkola & Juha Käpylä, Arctic economic potential: The need for a comprehensive and risk-aware understanding of Arctic dynamics

The melting of the Arctic is expected to offer prospects for maritime transport and hydrocarbon exploitation that could potentially create an Arctic economic boom.

Patrick Matschoss, The German energy transition: Status, challenges and the Finnish perspective

The rising shares of variable renewable energy raise the flexibility requirements of the energy system to ensure network reliability. The extension of the electricity grid is a key factor as better cross-regional integration evens out the variability and provides greater access to dispatchable capacities and energy storage, for example.

Teemu Sinkkonen, Counterterrorism in external action: The EU’s toolbox for responding to terrorism abroad

The Algerian hostage incident in January 2013 was a good example of the type of terrorism that Europeans are likely to face at the moment: the target was a multinational energy plant in the European neighbourhood, the motives were both political and economic, and the perpetrators were part of a global ideology, but acted in their local interests.

Timo BehrMika Aaltola & Erik BrattbergMaritime Security in a multipolar world: Towards an EU Strategy for the Maritime Commons

Recent years have seen a transformation of the global maritime security environment, driven among other things by the diffusion of maritime power, great power competition, the "territorialisation” of the seas, the rise of maritime non-state actors, changes in maritime geography, and a race to extract maritime resources.

Mikael Wigell & Mauricio Romero, Transatlantic drug trade: Europe, Latin America and the need to strengthen anti-narcotics cooperation

The cocaine business has changed significantly in recent years. Once concentrated in Colombia, it has now expanded to the entire Latin American region with Brazil, Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela having become central corridors for the illegal traffic.

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Spring 2013 Publications by IWE, Budapest

András Inotai, Macroeconomic impacts of the 2008-09 crisis in Europe. In: Joan DeBardeleben and Crina Viju, (eds.), "Economic crisis in Europe. What it means for the EU and Russia", palgrave-macmillan, 2013, pp. 21-46.

András Inotai, Sustainable growth based on export-oriented economic strategy. The Bulgarian case in an international comparison. Friedrich Ebert Foundation Sofia Office, Sofia, 2013. 50 pp.

Csaba Weiner, Central and Eastern Europe’s Dependence on Russian Gas, Western CIS Transit States and the Quest for Diversification through the Southern Corridor, Working Papers, IWE-CERSHAS, Budapest, No. 201, May 2013. More information here.

Annamária Artner, Youth unemployment or NEETs? Reasons and treatment in Europe. Working Papers No. 202 May 2013, CERSHAS Institute of World Economics, ISSN 1215-5241 ISBN 978-963-301-598-8. More information here.

East European Studies No. 4 - Zsuzsa Ludvig (ed.), Eurasian Challenges – Partnerships with Russia and other issues of the post-Soviet area, Budapest, 2013, 164 p., Institute of World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, ISSN 2063-9465

This volume contains the following studies:

Volodymyr Sidenko: Ukraine’s regional integration policies: EU versus Eurasian Community

Annamária Kiss: Russia and the South Caucasus: managing contradictions

Zsuzsa Ludvig: Russia and the Central and the Central East European countries - impacts of economic crisis on their trade relations

Marco Siddi: Italy-Russia relations: politics, energy and other business

Ievgen L. Cherevykov: Institutional environment for Public Private Partnership in Ukraine: Do institutions really matter?

Alpár Szőke: Environment, sustainability and economic performance. The case of the Northern Aral Sea region

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Spring 2013 Publication from Science Po, Centre d’etudes européennes, Paris

Catherine Spieser (ed.), L'emploi en temps de crise. Trajectoires   individuelles, négociations collectives et action publique, Co-edition   Centre d’études de l’emploi / Editions Liaisons, 2013. More information available here.

Bourgeois, Marine, Choisir les locataires du parc social? Une approche ethnographique de la gestion des HLM in Sociologie du travail, vol 55, n° 1, February 2013. More information available here.   

Dehousse, Renaud and Tacea, Angela, The French 2012 Presidential Election. A Europeanised Contest inLes Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, n°02/2012. More information available here.     

Dehousse, Renaud, Europe at the polls. Lessons from the 2013 Italian elections, Policy Paper, 2013, available here.

Grossman, Emiliano et Sauger, Nicolas. Politiques publiques et décision électorale : Retour sur la présidentielle de 2012. LIEPP Policy Brief, n° 7, p. 1-4, March 2013, available here.  

Halpern, Charlotte, Revisiter les classiques pour mieux résister à l'intégration européenne : La transposition sélective des directives européennes sur les déchets in Quaderni, vol 2012-2013, n° 80, p. 83-97, February 2013, available here.  

Bozonnet, Jean-Paul and Halpern, Charlotte, The environmental policy assumption revisited: Explaining trends in environmental concerns in France between 1971 and 2008, in French Politics, vol 11, n° 1, p. 48-72, March 2013.

Blondiaux, Loïc, Hassenteufel, Patrick, Le Galès, Patrick,  et al. Publier aujourd’hui une revue de sciences sociales in Politix, vol 2012/4, n° 100, p. 221-256, April 2013, available here.

Denni, Bernard, Mayer, Nonna, Tiberj,  Vincent Un choix, des logiques multiples, Revue française de science politique 2/2013 (Vol. 63), p. 249-278, 2013, available here.

Palier, Bruno, We cannot solve the crisis with the same policies, which provoked it. We need to implement new policies capable of building a quality future for all in Crisis Observatory, n° 3, p. 1-11, March 2013., available here.

Rindzeviciute, Egle, Institutional Entrepreneurs of a Difficult Past: The Organisation of Knowledge Regimes in Post-Soviet Lithuanian Museums in European Studies, n° 30, p. 63-95, April 2013, available here

Rozenberg, Olivier, Wisdom or Indifference? The Principles of Representative Government in the Eyes of the French Voters, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 19, 2013, available here

Rozenberg, Olivier, Avec l’Union européenne, un tournant majeur, Questions internationales, n° 61-62, pp. 68-76, 2013, available here.

Tiberj, Vincent, Kerrouche, Eric, Up and down, old and new: values and value systems of MP’s and voters in France, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Volume 19, n° 2, June 2013, available here.

Tiberj, Vincent, Two-axis politics. Revue française de science politique, vol 62, n° 1/2012, p. 67-103, March 2013, available here.

Tiberj, Vincent et Michon, Laure, Two-tier Pluralism in ‘Colour-blind’ France in West European politics,, vol 36, n° 3, p. 580-596, April 2013, available here.

Vitale, Tommaso (ed.), Conflitti urbani nei percorsi di cittadinanza degli immigrati, Partecipazione e conflitto., vol 5, n° 3, p. 5-20, February 2013, available here.

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Spring 2013 publications by Elcano

Salvador Llaudes, What does the European Global Strategy tell us about EU enlargement?, Elcano blog, 5 Jun 2013. Read more.

William Chislett, Turkey’s ‘indignants’ take to the streets, Elcano Royal Institute, 4 June 2013. The protests that started in Istanbul and have shaken the country are rooted in a lot more than complaints about riding rough-shod over opposition to the redevelopment of one of the few green spaces in the historic heart of a city of 13 million and turning it into a shopping mall. Read more.

Federico Steinberg, Poland and Spain: how to cooperate in a changing Europe?, Elcano blog, 30 May 2013. Read more.

Félix Arteaga, La injerencia externa en Siria: “Ni quito ni pongo rey, sino ayudo a mi señor”, Elcano blog, 29 May 2013.

Alicia Sorroza, Think and act strategically a changing world: a European Global Strategy, Elcano blog, 28 May 2013. Read more.

Ignacio Molina and Alicia Sorroza, Strengthening the EU as a global actor: the EEAS and the Europeanisation of national diplomacies, EGS, 27 May 2013. Read more.

Natividad Fernández Sola, The EU as a regional organisation: the strategy to be developed by the EGS for Europe’s relationship with the US, EGS 5/2013, 27 May 2013. The EU plays a role as a regional security organisation within the UN. Its contribution to global governance can be improved but strategic decisions need to be taken on potential new missions for the Common Security and Defence Policy, beyond crisis management and in line with the values that guide the EU’s relationship with the UN Security Council.

Ignacio Molina, After bottoming out: a new European policy for Spain, ARI 8/2013, 29 Apr 2013. After a decade of de-Europeanisation (2001-10), Spain has put the EU back at the centre of its national project but it must now also aspire to co-lead the integration process.

William Chislett, Child well-being in Spain: the impact of the crisis, Expert Comment 34/2013, 25 Apr 2013. Children are the last people responsible for Spain’s crisis in all its many dimensions, but they are suffering the consequences to an equal or greater extent than other collectives, although this is not as visible as it is for other groups and is mainly confined to dramatic images in the media.

Alfredo Arahuetes and Federico Steinberg, Internationalisation as a lever to overcome the crisis, WP 5/2013, 23 Apr 2013. How can internationalisation help Spain overcome its recession? This paper first looks at the benefits of internationalisation from a theoretical standpoint. It then reviews the Spanish economy’s internationalisation process, pointing out its strengths and weaknesses. Finally, it presents lessons and recommendations on the basis of both international and Spanish evidence.

Aurora Nacarino-Brabo, Georgia: a transition towards Europe, Elcano blog, 23 May 2013. Read more.

Federico Steinberg, Europe and globalization: from menace to opportunity, Elcano Royal Institute, 14 May 2013. Read more.

Beatriz Pérez de las Heras, Climate change and energy in the EU: global challenges, collective responsibilities, 17 April 2013. Read more.

Salvador Llaudes, Is the Euro still attractive?, Elcano blog, 16 April 2013. Read more.

Fernando Reinares, AQIM’s existing –and disrupted– plans in –and from– the Sahel, Expert Comment 32/2013 - 16 Apr 2013. The French military intervention in northern Mali has disrupted the Jihadist condominium that is being established there. However, this should not be taken to mean that AQIM, the terrorist organisation leading the joint project with its likeminded partners, has been defeated or even critically damaged. Nor that it has given up its plans as a global Jihad actor.

Carmen González Enríquez, Youth unemployment in Spain, Expert Comment 31/2013 - 16 Apr 2013. A common notion circulating inside and outside Spain is that over half of young Spaniards (aged 16-24) are unemployed –a ‘fact’ which furthers the image of deep crisis in Spain–.

Miriam Solera, Critical metals: risks and opportunities for Spain, ARI 12/2013. 15 Apr 2013. In recent years there has been a rapid expansion in the global renewable-energy and energy-efficiency technology markets. However, most low-carbon technologies require so-called ‘hi-tech’ or ‘critical’ metals, for the majority of which the EU’s member states have high import dependency rates. Read more.

Stephan Dion, Secession and Democracy: a Canadian perspective, 11 Apr 2013. Remarks by Stéphane Dion, Former Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Canada (1996-2003), at the Elcano Royal Institute on 9 April 2013. Read more.

William Chislett, Foreign Direct Investment in Spain: holding firm despite (or because of) the crisis, ARI 10/2013 - 8 Apr 2013. Spain continues to draw significant levels of foreign direct investment (FDI), despite (or because of) the crisis. Reforms are making FDI in the country more attractive. Read more.

César de Prado, Towards stronger EU-Asia relations, EGS 3/2013 - 1 Apr 2013. The EU and its member states are designing differing strategies to engage with Asia and its various regional processes that could be made to complement each other if they were to be developed from a common outlook.

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Recent publications from the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne

Claudia Hefftler and Wolfgang Wessels, The Democratic Legitimation of the EU´s Economic Governance and National Parliaments, IAI Working Paper, No. 1313, April 2013, available here.

Katjana Gattermann, News about the European Parliament: Patterns and external drivers of broadsheet coverage, European Union Politics, 2013, DOI:10.1177/1465116513476146, available here.

Oliver Höing and Wolfgang Wessels, The European Commission’s position in the post-Lisbon institutional balance: secretariat or partner to the European Council? in: Monar, Jörg, Chang, Michele (eds.): The European Commission in the post-Lisbon era of crises: Between political leadership and policy management. Publication for the P.I.E.-Peter Lang College of Europe Series, 2013, pp. 123-146.

Oliver Höing and Christine Neuhold, National Parliaments in the Financial Crisis. Between Opportunity Structures and Action-Constraints, Policy Brief 02, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik, available here.

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Public Consultations held by the European Commission

Public consultation on applications of EU satellite navigation programmes (Galileo and EGNOS)

The objective of this public consultation is to obtain input and a broader range of views on the way the European Commission should maximise and ensure the market uptake of GNSS downstream applications and of the European GNSS downstream applications in particular. Deadline: 14 July. 

Consultation by the Commission on the Structural Reform of the Banking Sector

The general objectives of the reform are to establish a stable and efficient banking system that serves the needs of EU citizens and the economy, increases economic growth by reducing instability and improving resource allocation, and provides an EU-coordinated response to enhance the internal market functioning. The consultation focuses on the key attributes of the structural reform; i.e. the scope of activities, the strength of separation, and the possible institutional scope and is open to all stakeholders. Deadline: 17 July. 

Consultation on the review of the European System of Financial Supervision

The European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) has been in operation for two years. The regulations establishing the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) include provisions for the Commission to review their structure and performance within the ESFS and the ESFS as a whole. The purpose of the consultation is to gather responses from citizens, organizations and public authorities to inform the Review. Deadline: 19 July.