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TEPSA Newsletter April 2016 Edition

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Editorial

 

 THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

Brexit? or United Forward!

 

Can we imagine a European Commission without a British member?
Can we imagine a Council meeting without a British minister?
Can we imagine a European Parliament without British MEPs?
And, can we imagine TEPSA without a full-fledged British member?

The answer to all these questions clearly is: NO.
The European Union is a safe place to discuss and decide about common and global issues, whether related to economics, security or people.
It makes quite a difference to be member of a family or a related member. We all know that from our personal experiences. It is simply not the same.
Of course, dependent of whether there will be sufficient political will on all sides, one can imagine an alternative construction for the UK like EEA membership, a preferred associate status or something similar. However, again, it is not the same.

That, by the way, is the reason why our General Assembly in Bratislava of 2 June will decide about a proposal of the Board, supported by all TEPSA members being present at the last General Assembly in The Hague in November 2015, to broaden the scope of TEPSA membership: from, as the Statutes are worded now, institutes established in ‘Member States of the EU’ to institutes established in ‘European’ countries. Indeed, for European academics dealing with EU studies it is better to be fully involved than to be ‘associated’ to the work of others.

In fact, the European Union is a peace project. We aim at creating conditions of peace, stability and prosperity for all our citizens. It is the old narrative of EU cooperation. Many politicians ask these days for a new narrative, more appealing to younger generations. However, the original one still has its merits. On a daily basis issues appear on our agenda which individual states cannot handle anymore alone. Whether it is trade, the economic crisis, the migration crisis, terrorism or the geopolitical tensions at all our external borders (Russia/Ukraine, the Middle East, and North Africa).

Problems arising during internal EU negotiations have to be solved by elaborating compromises, eventually in the form of formulas of differentiation and flexibility. In fact, to a large extent it is due to the British position in EU cooperation that we have already developed an extensive practice of differentiated approaches (in the domain of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the Euro cooperation for example).

Because of the differences with regard to economic and political orientation already existing between the present Member States and, still more evidently, between the present and candidate Member States, differentiated cooperation is the model for the future, whether we like it or not. Moreover, is ‘Unity in Diversity’ not the motto of the European Union? As long as differentiated solutions do not interfere with the basic principles and the core acquis of the Union, they have to be accepted. In that respect the New Settlement elaborated for the United Kingdom by the European Council in its meeting of 18/19 February reflects a careful balance.

Last but not least, sovereignty these days is an illusion. The world has become a global village, our economies have become interdependent and communication is organised through ultra-fast networks.

Therefore, again, we better share responsibilities to cope with common challenges rather than have to deal with them on our own. From such a global perspective, the United States – with its President, Barack Obama, as its best spokesperson  is  the first to agree that the United Kingdom has its place in Europe, in the (perhaps not perfect, but all the same) stable framework of the European Union.

So, let us hope that common sense will prevail on 23 June when the referendum in the United Kingdom will take place. Let us hope for the best result, for Europe and the United Kingdom!

 

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary-General

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News from TEPSA Secretariat

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TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Bratislava, 2-3 June 2016

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Joint publication from TEPSA and the Egmont Institute: "The reform of the EU courts (II). Abandoning the management approach by doubling the General Court" By Franklin Dehousse

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News about TEPSA projects

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PADEMIA Third Annual Conference, 19-20 May 2016, Brussels

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PONT Working Europe Seminar, 4-8 April 2016, Brussels: “EU Asylum and Migration Policies”

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THESEUS Final Conference, 17-18 March 2016, Cologne: “The European Union between integration and disintegration – Reflections on the last decade and beyond”

For more than 50 years, European integration has been called a success story built up around the narrative of an ‘ever closer Union’. Since the financial and economic crisis, however, a serious concern of disintegration has been striking the European Union. Possible scenarios range from a collapse of the EU system to fragmentation, differentiation, and partial disintegration. Exit schemes like …

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes

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News from outside the TEPSA network

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Seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions”

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Inauguration of the Chair in European Values: discourses and prospects

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Upcoming events at TEPSA Member Institutes

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4th ENP PhD Summer School: “The ENP under Pressure: Conceptual and Empirical Understandings of EU Foreign Policy towards the Southern and Eastern Neighbours”

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Open seminar on "Brexit and its implications for Ireland and the EU"

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Public discussion with the Members of the Latvian Parliament on the foreign affairs

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Past events at TEPSA Member Institutes

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  Workshop on “Cross-border Cooperation in the Refugee crisis” 11 April 2016, Centre for International Relations, Ljubljana On 11 April 2016, a workshop on handling the refugee crisis was organised in Ljubljana by Centre for International Relations (CIR), University of Ljubljana. At the event, a set of questions concerning the crisis were being discussed with political representatives, members of humanitarian …

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  Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), gave a presentation at a two-day EU Global Strategy seminar on EU’s Strategic Vision for Relations with Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood. The seminar was organised in cooperation with EUISS and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Photo: Mattias Lehtinen / FIIA

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Expert public discussion on “Migration: An Opportunity, Not a Threat?” 25 April 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague         The Centre for European Security and the Centre for International Law of the Institute of  International Relations Prague, in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy, are the organizers of an expert public discussion with François Crépeau, Professor and …

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Publications from TEPSA Member Institutes

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Dageförde, Mirjam. Concepts of Congruence and Europeans’ evaluation of representation. A micro-level-analysis. Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, n° 03/2016, Paris : Sciences Po, CEE, March 2016 The analysis of the relation between citizens and politics is mostly conducted from two different perspectives and disciplines: On the one hand, legislative scholars analyse legislative behaviour or evaluate representation in terms of responsiveness or …

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FIIA

Recent publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) - Spring 2016

    Niklas Helwig, Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy, Report Sören Scholvin, Geopolitics: An Overview of Concepts and Empirical Examples from International Relations, Working Paper Elina Sinkkonen, New horizons and internal reforms: The regional implications of China’s military posture, Briefing Paper Juha Käpylä, Harri Mikkola & Toivo Martikainen, Moscow’s Arctic dreams turned …

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IEP

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Prague Institute of Intl Relations

Recent publications from the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) - Spring 2016

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LIIA

Recent publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) - Spring 2016

Gunta Pastore, Leadership through the European Union Council Presidency:  Latvia and Central Asia – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2016. – 18 p. This report offers additional insights into how small states punch above their weight in the European Union (EU) through the Council presidency. It draws lessons from the Latvian presidency during the first half of 2015. Specifically, it analyses …

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Clingendael

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Public consultation of the European Commission

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European Commission's Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register

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