TEPSA’s collaboration with POLITICO for the EU Studies Fair

EU Studies Fair

TEPSA will be a partner of the 18th edition of POLITICO’s EU Studies Fair taking place on February 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hotel Crowne Plaza le Palace, Brussels. Some of the world’s best academic institutions will showcase their Master’s programs in EU studies, international relations, business, law, public policy and economics. To find out more and register for free, visit their website.



Upcoming 5-day PONT Career Skills Training in Brussels

In the fraPONT-150x150mework of the PONT project, TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organizing a Career Skills Training to guide recent graduates from Master’s programmes, PhD students and young researchers into the practicalities of working life and to introduce them to the Brussels arena. 16 young professionals have been selected to take part in the training that will help them identify and acquire skills needed in the field of EU policy-making, including work for the European institutions and think-tanks.

Professional skills such as communication, networking and policy advice are not part of most academic curricula, yet are vital for the employability of young professionals. This course aims at helping the participants to identify these skills, raise awareness of their importance, acquire a basic practical toolkit and establish useful contacts to policy-makers. The seminar will offer several interactive sessions with professionals from different fields, invited to share their knowledge and experience with the participants and to take part in the training in different ways. As a result, participants will enjoy first-hand insights into different professional fields.

The general theme of this course is the interface between research and policy-making. We will thus explore the differences and similarities in the skills needed for these two types of work, and conduct training on successful interaction and communication between researchers and policy-makers. The course maximizes personal feedback to participants and hands-on activities that facilitate deep learning.

The career skills training will take place on 17-21 October 2016 and will be coordinated by Prof Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere.

All career skills training participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part in TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference, a biannual flagship event promoting expert discussion of the main issues of the current EU agenda.

Full participation to all elements of the five-day programme in Brussels is compulsory. Participants of the Career Skills Training will receive a certificate of attendance after the successful completion of the training.

Training venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels based institutions.

The latest Agenda including trainers and speakers is available here.

Open call for applications 5-day Brussels seminar on EU Asylum and Migration Policies for Master students

In the framework of the PONT project TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organising a ‘Working Europe’ Seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies, which will take place in Brussels on 4-8 April 2016.

Amid EuPONT_LOGOrope’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, 20 students will take part in a seminar where EU practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders will discuss recent developments in EU asylum and migration law and policy. The seminar will offer participants insights into the political dynamics shaping EU asylum and migration policies, and into the main challenges that have to be addressed. The division of competencies and responsibilities between the EU and its Member States will also be discussed.

Participants in the seminar will also visit policy departments of several EU institutions and agencies, Brussels-based thinks tanks and NGOs dealing with refugee issues. At the end of the seminar, a simulation game on EU Council negotiations will be organised in order to enable participants to apply the knowledge acquired during the seminar.

The seminar is coordinated by the Prof Dr Jaap W. de Zwaan, Emeritus Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after a successful completion of the Working Europe Seminar.

Seminar venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels.

Participation fee: EUR 100.

Travel reimbursement: TEPSA reimburses travel costs up to EUR 250. All other expenses, like accommodation, are to be covered by other sources or by the participants themselves.

The application phase is now closed. We are currently contacting all the candidates in order to inform them about the status of their applications.

More information can be found here: PONT Working Europe Seminar Call for Applications

Please find here the Final Agenda of the PONT seminar.


News from the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland


A new Peace Centre run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs

The Executive Council of the City of Reykjavík has agreed to support the Institute of International Affairs in the establishment of a Peace Center within the University of Iceland. The Rector of the University of Iceland, Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, accepted the grant on behalf of the IIA from the Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson, in a ceremony last January. The aim is for the Peace Centre to be up and running in the autumn of this year.

The objectives of the Centre will be to support Reykjavík in its mission of becoming a city of peace, and to advise on how Reykjavík can promote peace at home and abroad. The Peace Centre will promote non-violent communications and peaceful relations between states and organizations. Additionally, it will promote peace through research and education. Jón Gnarr, the former Mayor of Reykjavík, is the Chairman of the advisory board. Other members are Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, representing the IIA and the University of Iceland and Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir, representing the City of Reykjavík.


Open seminars focusing on European integration

The IIA is organising open seminars focused on the EU and various issues that are part of the contemporary political debate. These include the Arctic, animal welfare, the EEA agreement, cross-border healthcare and the EU and foreign policy. More information will be available soon on the IIA’s website: www.ams.hi.is

A new joint Nordic Master Programme in West Nordic Studies

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS), which is run under the auspices of the IIA, has since spring 2013 managed the preparation of a joint Nordic Master Programme. The project concerns the development of a programme focusing on issues of particular relevance to the West Nordic area. This is an interdisciplinary programme titled West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management and one of its aims is to encourage mobility within the region. The consortium consists of five universities: The University of Iceland, the University of Akureyri, the University of Greenland, the University of the Faroe Islands and Nordland University in Norway. The programme will be launched in fall 2015. For further information visit www.westnordicstudies.net.

 Two new short analytical papers focusing on small states

The Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS) at the University of Iceland has launched a new publication series in which contemporary academic research concerning small states is introduced in a succinct and coherent manner. These short analytical papers are aimed at journalists, bureaucrats, embassy staff and all those interested in learning about new research in the field of small state studies. The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland was awarded a Centre of Excellence grant from the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme in 2013. The Centre for Small State Studies has thus become a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. With regard to the grant, the Centre aims at strengthening interdisciplinary research concerning small states and their role in international society.

Two short analytical papers were published in December 2014. Alyson Bailes and Kristmundur Þór Ólafsson are the authors of Nordic and Arctic Affairs: Iceland’s Security Policy: Latest Progress and Caroline Howard Grøn is the author of Small States seeking influence in the European Commission: Opportunities and Constraints. They are now available online at the Centre for Small State Studies website under publications. Three short analytical papers were published earlier this year and are also available online at the Centre for Small State Studies website under publications. Baldur Þórhallsson is the author of the short paper Europe: Iceland Prefers Partial Engagement in European Integration and Alyson Bailes is the author of two short papers: Nordic Cooperation in Civil Emergencies and Nordic and Arctic Affairs: Why is ‘West Nordic’ Cooperation in Fashion?

More short analytical papers in the “Small State Briefs” series will be published in the coming weeks and months. All papers can be accessed on the website of the CSSS: www.csss.hi.is


News from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI)

Call for articles in UI’s English Blog, International Voices:

The blog contains articles which are short, clear, well-argued pieces, making an original, relevant and thought-provoking contribution to a current affairs debate. The texts are between 500-900 words.

The Blog: International Voices: http://www.ui.se/eng/blog/

For more information please contact Communications Manager Andrea Liebman: andrea•liebman©ui•se


UI’s EGS report third place in global think tank index

We are proud to announce that the European Global Strategy (EGS) policy report has been ranked third (out of 47) in the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

The EGS project was initiated by four European foreign ministers and run by four Institutes: UI, The Elcano Royal Institute, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). The joint cooperation developed research and engaged in debates around a common European strategy in external relations. The result was the report “Towards a European Global Strategy: securing European influence in a changing world.”

More here: http://www.ui.se/eng/news/aktuellt/uis-egs-report-on-third-place-in-global-think-tank-index.aspx

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

imagesIRMO is a partner on the research project “PRECARIR – The rise of the dual labour market: fighting precarious employment in the new member states through industrial relations” financed by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This project which will be implemented in 2015 and partly in 2016 is coordinated by the Dublin City University while IRMO participates as one of the seven project partners. The main aim of the project is to explore how the strategies of employers and trade unions across 10 EU Member States represent the interests of non-standard and vulnerable groups in precarious employment forms and how the needs of these groups are addressed in the process of collective bargaining and other initiatives of the social partners. In addition to country specific analysis, the project will have a sector focus with a more detailed investigation of precarious employment and social partner strategies and actions in the five economic sectors: public healthcare, metal industry, construction, retail and temporary agency work. Empirical research will be conducted in nine new EU member states and in Greece, where social partners traditionally enjoyed greater mobilization and bargaining capacities. Detailed national reports will be written for each of the 10 countries in focus of this project. These reports will serve as the basis for a thorough comparative analysis of how industrial relations structures, institutions and processes impact upon the regulation and/or reduction of precarious employment.

IRMOIn December of 2014 IRMO finalized the project “Film Festivals with Creative Documentaries about First Hand Experience from EU Funded Projects – ClosE_Up”. The CloseUP promoted successful projects co-financed by the EU in Croatia and their benefits through a series of film festivals in Split, Dubrovnik, Krapina, Slavonski Brod and Zagreb. Twenty short creative documentaries, related to adventurous tourism, cultivation of olives, stone masonry and jewellery making in Dubrovnik, were shown at the festivals. Projects also dealt with the recovery of landfills, student’s mobility improvements, job finding as well as the preservation of natural and cultural heritage. The aim of the festivals was to present wide possibilities of obtaining the EU funds and their diversity, to raise interest of the public for project applications, attract participants to develop project proposals and implement their own projects. The workshops on the EU programs intended for adults and focusing on the project preparation and the project cycle were held within the framework of the film festivals. Lectures on project preparation for the younger generation were held for 567 students in 15 high schools in the festival towns. Furthermore, following the same topic, 20 on-line multimedia lessons were published on the project website. The ClosEUp project implemented as a part of the EU IPA INFO 2012 program lasted for 18 months.

For further information please visit: http://www.irmo.hr/en/projects/close_up/

News from CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne)

cifeCIFE has a new President

Philippe Maystadt, former Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and former President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), was elected President of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), in Brussels on 20 January 2015. He succeeds Jean-Claude Juncker who was president of CIFE since 2005.

Read more here

Launch of a new Master programme in Nice, Tunis and Istanbul

With start in October 2015 CIFE offers the opportunity to study European Studies and International Relations in Nice, Tunis and Istanbul. The “Mediterranean branch” is the third branch of CIFE’s successful “Master in Advanced European and International Studies”. The other two branches of this itinerant Master programme take place in Nice-Berlin-Rome (for the trilingual branch) and in Istanbul-Nice-Berlin (for the Anglophone branch). The “Mediterranean branch” is realised in cooperation with the Université internationale de Tunis (UIT) and with Istanbul Bilgi University. Teaching languages will be English and French. Applications for the trilingual and the Anglophone branch are open Applications for the Mediterranean branch start on 15 March 2015. For more information about all three branches please visit our website: www.ie-ei.eu

For the Mediterranean branch contact:  mediterranean-studies(a)cife.eu

For the other two branches contact: dheei(a)cife.eu
Applications are open for the Master in EU Studies Online

EU expertise for Professionals: The Master in EU Studies Online offers professionals and interested students the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the EU integration process, while pursuing their careers. The two year programme offers the perfect blend of theoretical and practical knowledge of the EU, combining e-learning and intense face-to-face learning sessions (mainly during weekends in Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Rome and Budapest). For more information and for online application: http://bit.ly/EUStudiesOnline


News from the Institute of International Relations Prague

weblogo_CES_gb_RGB_221x96Introducing the new Centre for European Security

As Director Petr Kratochvíl noted when launching the Centre for European Security (CES) at the Prague Agenda Conference, the post-Cold War order and the European security landscape are changing rapidly and significantly, and the EU and its member states face new challenges at home and abroad. It is in this context that the IIR has established its new CES. The Centre will take up the challenge of exploring the new contours of the emerging global security (dis)order from a European – and particularly Central European – perspective. The CES is unique in the region in that it brings together experts from the fields of Security Studies and European Studies and in that it approaches security in the distinctly European ways that have emerged in the last twenty years. The Centre uses academic excellence as the basis for informing policy and public debates on security and is well positioned to provide fresh insight into security in Europe, the security of Europe and the role of the EU and its member states as security actors.

More information about CES here

TEPSA has a new Member Institute

NBU_blueIn January 2015 New Bulgarian University joined TEPSA.

Welcome to our new Member Institute!

More information on New Bulgarian University here

News from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Parliament has appointed new members to the FIIA Board for 2015-2019. The Board, in turn, has appointed the Scientific Advisory Council for 2015-2017.

Board appointments

In its plenary session on 18 November, Parliament appointed the following people to the FIIA Board for the term beginning on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2019:

State Secretary for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office Kare Halonen, Ambassador René Nyberg, Research Professor Monica Tennberg and Professors Tarja Väyrynen, Ilkka Liikanen and Laura Kolbe.

The terms of Kimmo Kiljunen, Ilkka Suominen and Pirkko Mattila will continue. The Board will elect its Chairman and Vice-Chairman in its meeting in January.

Scientific Advisory Council

The Board of the Institute has appointed a Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) for a three-year period between 2015 and 2017:

Professor Michelle Cini (University of Bristol), Professor Julie Gilson (University of Birmingham), Professor Kristian Harpviken (Director of Peace Research Institute Oslo), Professor G. John Ikenberry (Princeton University), Professor Brigid Laffan (European University Institute), Professor Christian Lequesne (SciencePo/CERI), Director Volker Perthes (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), Professor Nikolay Petrov (Higher School of Economics Moscow), Judge Allan Rosas (EU Court of Justice), Professor Jonas Tallberg (University of Stockholm), Director Marcin Zaborowski (Polish Institute of International Affairs).

The tasks of the SAC include offering advice on FIIA’s research policy, the assessment of the quality and relevance of its research work, and the support of its international activities.


FIIA is taking part in a research project on EU’s Eastern Neighbours and Russia

FIIA will participate in a project called “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU Citizens” (ENURC). The project aims to encourage citizens’ interest and involvement in the EU’s policy towards its Eastern Neighbours and Russia. It is a pan-European project coordinated by TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels) and in collaboration with FIIA, the German Institute for European Politics (IEP), the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE), Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). The project foresees five events to take place in Berlin, Bucharest, Riga, Stockholm and Helsinki. The ENURC project is funded by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme.

US Research Day

The Center for US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at FIIA will organize a US research day in Helsinki on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The topic of the event is “Challenged Liberal World Order and Nordic-Baltic Security”. Proposals on both empirical and theoretical papers—addressing, e.g., current challenges to liberal world order, transatlantic relations, US foreign and domestic policy, Nordic-Baltic security and the US role in the region—are welcomed.

Security of Supply project

FIIA will launch a research project on international interdependencies and Finland’s security of supply in February. The project is partly funded by the National Emergency Supply Agency.

Staff News

EU Programme Director Juha Jokela will visit the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris from January until the end of March. Dr Kristi Raik will be the acting Programme Director during his absence. Dr Marco Siddi will join the research programme in early January. His main focus has been on historical and current perceptions of Russia in EU member states and how these affect European foreign policy toward Russia.

Dr Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, will join the FIIA Center for US Politics and Power in February for the rest of the year.

Dr Antto Vihma is a Visiting Scholar at MIT in Boston from December to the beginning of March.


The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs

Issue 4/2014 of the Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs was published in early December. It focused on wealth inequality and its implications for democracy. The journal also explored the motives and goals of rising powers, such as China and Brazil, and analysed how Russia is deepening its sphere of influence by exerting pressure on Kyrgyzstan and its Central Asian neighbours.

This issue introduces the Journal’s new layout. The Journal now has a smaller page-size and a clearer division into current affairs, in-depth analyses, book reviews and discussion. The Journal can be read both as a printed journal and as an e-paper at Lehtiluukku.fi.


TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Luxembourg, 4-5 June 2015

PrintLuxembourg will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2015. In this context, the Centre d’études et de recherches européennes Robert Schuman, the Luxembourg TEPSA member, will organize the next TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference to be held in Luxembourg city Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2015. Please find the draft programme here.


News from the College of Europe (Natolin)

Two weeks Ph.D. Summer School, 23 June-5 July 2015 : “The ENP under Pressure: The EU and the Eastern and the Southern Neighbourhoods”, organized by the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of  the College of Europe.

Application deadline: 10 March 2015

The European Neighborhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS; Jerusalem Office and Ramallah Office), is organizing the third Ph.D. Summer School on “The ENP under Pressure: The EU and the Eastern and the Southern Neighbourhoods”. The first week, 23 June-28 June, to be held on the Natolin campus of the College of Europe in Warsaw, will focus exclusively on the eastern dimension of the ENP. The second week, 29 June-5July, to be held at BGU in Beer Sheva and at KAS Jerusalem and Ramallah, will focus on the southern dimension of the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Participants should most preferably be at least one year into their doctoral studies. Applications should be submitted by 10 March 2015 to Ms. Maja Olszewska at maja•olszewska©coleurope•eu  (maja•olszewska©coleurope•eu)  . More details available on the website of the College of Europe.


The Centre for Small State Studies awarded a large Erasmus+ grant, September 2014

PhotoThe Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland was recently awarded a grant from the European Union’s new Erasmus+ programme. The total amount is 36 million ISK. The project focuses on a strategic partnership between higher education institutions and will last for two years. The University of Iceland is the lead partner, with five other universities participating in the project: The University of Copenhagen, Vilnius University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of St. Andrews and the University of Malta. The Centre for Small State Studies is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.

Pia Hansson, Director of the Centre for Small State Studies, Jón Gunnar Ólafsson, Project Manager at the Centre for Small State Studies and Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland developed the project and are in charge of its implementation on behalf of the University of Iceland in cooperation with academics from the other five universities. The first transnational work meeting of the project took place at the University of Copenhagen on September 19. During the next two years the six higher education institutions will develop close cooperation in the field of small state studies. The grant will be used to organise summer schools, seminars, student mobility and to develop cooperation with regard to teaching.

The Erasmus+ grant is a great acknowledgment of the work carried out by the Centre for Small State Studies, which has specialised in the role of small states in Europe. In 2013, the Centre was awarded a Centre of Excellence grant from the European Union and thus became a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for three years. The establishment of the Centre of Excellence was a continuation of previous acknowledgements that the Centre has received, such as Erasmus grants to organise a Small States Summer School for the last 12 years, as well as grants to develop teaching in European Studies, in collaboration with the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland.

Publication, University of Cologne

Katrin Auel and Oliver Höing, Parliaments in the Euro Crisis: Can the Losers of Integration Still Fight Back?, Journal of Common Market Studies, Article first published online: 5 August 2014, DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12186.

Public consultation on streamlining EU funding in the European Arctic

RP LuxoIn the wake of climate change and increasing human activity in the region, the Arctic faces considerable opportunities and challenges. The European Union is actively cooperating in international fora in fields such as Arctic research, safe shipping and reducing chemical pollutants. As the EU’s engagement with partners around the world further develops, the time is ripe for the EU to look at how it could further strengthen its positive impact on the Arctic’s future, notably by acting in a more joined up way in areas and on issues where it has the most impact in terms of its funding capacity – in particular in that part of the Arctic that stretches from Greenland to the Barents region.

This consultation builds on one of the issues identified in the 2012 Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on ‘Developing a European Union policy towards the Arctic region: progress since 2008 and next steps’. This Joint Communication stressed the importance of reinforcing and interlinking the various funding initiatives at the EU’s disposal in order to have a positive impact on the development of the Arctic for the benefit of local communities and indigenous peoples.

The period of consultation is between 02.09.2014 to 01.12.2014. More information is available here.

News from Istituto Affari Internazionali, Global Turkey in Europe project

logo-IAI1A new round in the Global Turkey in Europe (GTE) was launched by IAI, the Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC) and the Stiftung Mercator Foundation in September 2014. The third edition includes seventeen new research papers exploring the political, economic and foreign policy dimensions of Turkey’s evolving relationship with the EU. Subdivided into three macro topics of democracy, trade and the Kurdish question, new papers in the GTE III series will be published throughout 2014-2015, followed by a collective volume pubished as an IAI Research paper. Previous publications are available from the IAI website.

More information can be found here (research project).

Staff news, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Logo FIIADirector appointment

The Board of The Finnish Institute of International Affairs has nominated Adjunct Professor Teija Tiilikainen the Director of the institute for the next five year term. Dr Tiilikainen has been the Director of the Institute since 2010 and her second term will begin in January 2015.

Dr Tiilikainen has previously worked as the Director of the Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki and as the State Secretary in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Her research focuses on the EU’s political system and external identity.

Staff news

Dr Mari Neuvonen has joined the European Union Research Programme for a year. She comes from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in the framework of the exchange programme between the Ministry and the Institute. She holds a PhD from the University of Bristol and her areas of expertise include the EU’s Middle East policy, Israel-Palestine relations of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.

Centre of International Relations completed a LLP project Problem based learning and cross-curricular teaching of the EU, August 2014

CIRIn August 2014 the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia successfully completed a LLP project Problem based learning and cross-curricular teaching of the EU under the academic supervision of Ana Bojinović Fenko. The main aim of the project was to develop concrete teaching tools for teaching about EU topics in primary and secondary schools on the basis of two principles: a) problem-based learning (PBL) and b) cross-curricular teaching (CCT) of EU-specific themes. In this respect, the first objective of this project was to solve the problem of existing materials’ focus on fact-giving information and the lack of process-understanding of the EU integration, history, policies, polity and opportunities for citizens. The second objective of the project was to develop and provide teachers an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the EU topics, by exposing themes and EU-related processes, which cross particular topics such as sustainable development, food security and the role of EU in the world. The third objective of the project was to develop a permanent structural and institutional network to connect all levels of education (primary to tertiary) regarding learning about the EU- related topics at school for lasting effects of PBL and CCT.

Latest publications from former EXACT fellows

Cover BookStroß, Simon, One goal, many paths. The promotion of Policy Coherence for Development in EU policy formulation, Berlin: epubli, 2014. pdf and print

Marco Siddi, Rising Euroscepticism and the dominance of national interests, EU-28 Watch, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin, September 2014, http://www.eu-28watch.org/?q=node%2F1287

Marco Siddi and Nicole Koenig, A difficult presidency, Diplomatist, August 2014

Marco Siddi and Nicole Koenig, 2014 Report on key domestic and foreign policy debates in Italy, EU-28 Watch, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin, July 2014 http://www.eu-28watch.org/?q=system/files/ItalyFinal.pdf

Marco Siddi, The environmental and economic case against Donald Tusk’s energy union, Open Democracy, 3 July 2014 https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/marco-siddi/environmental-and-economic-case-against-donald-tusk%E2%80%99s-energy-union

Congratulations on the completion of your PhD: Marlene, Nicole, Niklas and Marco!

Logo_EXACT bwTEPSA and the Jean Monnet Chair of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels congratulate Marlene Gottwald, Niklas Helwig, Nicole König and Marco Siddi to the completion of their PhDs in the framework of the EU-funded joint PhD Programme EXACT (http://www.exact.uni-koeln.de/). They successfully defended their theses – co-supervised at the Universities of Cologne and Edinburgh – at their vivas, that took place in Edinburgh on September 8/9 (Marlene Gottwald on the Europe’s Responsibility to Protect, From Kosovo to Syria; Niklas Helwig on The High Representative of the Union: The constrained agent of Europe’s foreign policy; Nicole König on The quest for coherence: a comparative analysis of EU crisis management in Africa; Marco Siddi on Divisive identities, divided foreign policy? Policy makers’ discourses on Russia in Germany, Poland and Finland)

Staff news Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Logo FIIAWolfgang Mühlberger and Toni Alaranta have joined the European Union Research Programme in the beginning of April. Mühlberger has previously worked as a Senior Research Analyst in the National Defense Academy in Vienna where he focused on the EU’s relations with its southern neighbours. Alaranta received his PhD degree from the University of Helsinki in 2011 and his research focuses on Turkey.

News Jean Monnet Chair Professor Wessels, University of Cologne

KGattermannOur longtime colleague Dr. Katjana Gattermann has left the chair at the end of January 2014. She is now working for the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). Dr. Gattermann was working for the OPAL project and will remain in close contact with the Jean Monnet Chair, especially due to her responsibilities within the PADEMIA project.

RTEmagicC_8b69488959_02.jpgOliver Höing has finished his research stay at Sciences Po (Paris) and returned to the Jean Monnet Chair at the beginning of April. The research exchange took place within the OPAL project which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

New faces at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

SaccomanniThe IAI is pleased to announce that Fabrizio Saccomanni, former Minister of Economy and Finance in the government headed by Mr. Enrico Letta, joined the Institute as senior economic advisor. He will collaborate on economic studies, in particular on issues related to the coordination of economic and monetary policies globally. He is also a member of the IAI Board of Directors. Please find here his biography.

New European project: POWER2YOUTH – Freedom, dignity and justice, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

POWER2YOUTH is a consortium made up of 12 institutes and universities funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The project will study the causes and effects of processes of exclusion of young people in the South and East of the Mediterranean, while seeking to identify the factors that favor their inclusion. The three-year project focuses in particular on bottom-up processes of change and on the transformative potential of new generations through an interdisciplinary approach, different levels of analysis (macro, meso and micro) and six national case studies (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, the Occupied Territories Palestinians, Lebanon, Turkey). The project was launched by a public conference in Rome on 11 April . Please read the press release here.

New research projects at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

logo IAINew Pact for Europe

This project – launched by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) – aims (1) to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving not only policy-makers but also citizens; (2) to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and (3) to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future.
In the framework of the project, the IAI is being organizing three events in Italy in the first semester of 2014. The first event – a Citizens Advisory Group – was held in Turin on January 25, in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo.
The next events – Public stakeholders event and a Policy makers debate – are planned for March 10 in Rome.

EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014

The project is conducted in collaboration with Notre Europe, within the framework of the Vote Watch Europe Annual Report. Twelve European think-tanks are taking part in the project, which aims to evaluate the European Parliament’s (EP) activity during the current legislation (2009-2014), and spread the results to the national public opinion before the next election. The results will be disseminated in a national conference to be held in Turin, in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo on April 14, 2014.

New Voices in the European Debate

The project engages in dialogue with emerging and re-emerging political actors and social movements in three southern member states (Greece, Spain and Italy). The aim is to discuss and converge on a paradigmatic shift from the austerity trap to a common prosperity project. The focus would be on the needed economic, political and institutional reforms rather than on the pros and cons of austerity vs growth policies, and on the European instruments and programmes that can complement national adjustment efforts. In the framework of the project a political seminar took place in Berlin on 7-8 November 2013.
You can download the proceedings of the seminar here and the paper by T.Dokos et al. here.

The changing regional role of Turkey and cooperation with the EU in the neighbourhood
Turkey has moved from being an interlocutor to a key player in its neighbourhood. The aim of this study is to explore the implications this has for Turkey’s regional role, for its security, commercial and energy interests, as well as for its relations with the EU. The study focuses on three key regions in Turkish foreign policy — the Middle East, the Caucasus, and the European Union.

On January 22 a seminar in Vienna launched “Eden” ((End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe) – an EU funded collaborative project on defense against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risks and threats (CBRN). With this project the European Commission intends to bring to an upper level of maturity the resilience capacity of the EU society when it comes to CBRNe events. IAI leads the EDEN End-Users Platform (WP13) and the WP on “Boost the EU CBRNE market”. You can see the press release here and the role of the IAI here.

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO logoThe Institute for Development and International Relations (Department for Culture and Communication) is a partner in the project ‘Access to Culture – Policy Analysis’ funded by the European Commission’s Culture Programme. The project is coordinated by EDUCULT (Austria) and includes four other partners – Interarts (Spain), the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning and Creativity AB (Sweden), Telemark Research Institute (Norway), and the Cultural Policy and Management Research Centre at Istanbul Bilgi University (KPY, Turkey). The project is to be implemented with partner organizations in the period from May 2013 to April 2015.

The aim is to examine the gap between the social reality and political normativity in the area of access to culture, in order to develop recommendations for raising awareness about these issues both at the national and at the European level. The project will use the policy analysis approach in order to examine the European and national dimensions dealing with access to culture. Assessment and development of public policy indicators will also be used, as well as implementation of these policies dealing with access to culture in the EU countries and beyond. The project also aims to encourage open communication between the stakeholders of the policy process, which is to be achieved through their involvement at certain stages of the project and through continuous communication and information dissemination both at the national and at the European level.

The first project deliverable ‘Review of the policies at the European level’ is available online.


News from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

logo uiUI, together with members of the EU-ANVIL FP7 project (including TEPSA colleagues from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and Insituto Affari Internatzionali (IAI)), is finalizing a two year research project on Civil Security Systems in Europe. The project aimed to compare legal, cultural, organisational and operational diversity amongst domestic civil security systems, under the premise that no one secruity model fits all. The project categorises systems in terms of key variables, such as centralisation/decentralisation, all-hazards/sectoral approaches, legal framework laws/sectoral laws, volunteerism/statism, etc. It outlines the most effective role for the EU to play, including facilitator of bottom-up cooperation approaches and platform for best practice sharing. It eschews top-down legalistic approaches. Findings and more information on the proeject can be found here.

News from the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po

Logo CEE CNRSThe Centre d’études européennes  has changed status from 1 January 2014 to that of UMR CNRS Sciences Po and is now referenced as number UMR 8239.

News from The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland

IIA-CENTRE-FOR-SMAL-STATE-ENSIceland and the EUIIA has been commissioned to conduct an assessment report on the Iceland-EU accession negotiations

The Institute of International Affairs is conducting an assessment report on the Iceland-EU accession negotiations. The Icelandic Confederation of Labour, the Icelandic Federation of Trade, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce commissioned the report.

The report will focus on four key areas:
1. Economic and monetary affairs & free movement of capital
2. Fisheries, right of establishment and freedom to provide services
3. Agriculture and rural development & food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy
4. The status and future of the EEA agreement, including discussions on the developments taking place within the European Union since the accession negotiations with Iceland began in 2009

The EU-Iceland accession negotiations began in 2009 but were formally “put on hold” after the change in government in the spring of 2013. The new coalition government of the Progressive Party and Independence Party decided that no decision on the continuation of the accession negotiation would be taken before the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland had written a report on the status and future of the EU. After having been denied participation in that work, the Icelandic Confederation of Labour, the Icelandic Federation of Trade, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce decided to commission a similar report.

When asked how the work is going, Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs said: “The work is progressing well. Our experts have already conducted numerous interviews with key stakeholders and participants in the accession negotiations.” She added that the experts will be going to Brussels to conduct interviews with key officials and experts who are well acquainted with the EU-Iceland accession negotiations.

The work began in November and the report will be submitted to the contractors in April 2014.

Progress on a groundbreaking textbook in European Studies for high school students in Iceland

In 2013 the Institute of International Affairs received a grant from the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) for the development and publication of a textbook in European Studies for high school students in Iceland. The book is the first of its kind in Iceland and will redress the shortage of teaching material in Icelandic on European integration. The book will focus on European integration and explain how the European Union works, its policies and also its relevance for the development of European societies in the 20th century. Furthermore, it will give special attention to Iceland’s relations with the EU as an EEA and Schengen member, and also as a small state in Europe. Whether Iceland joins the EU or not the country is, and continues to be, highly integrated into the European project. Consequently, it is important to promote knowledge of the European integration process – its history, structure and premises – in order to enhance knowledge and understanding of this important partner of Iceland.

The IIA has hired six academics and specialists to write the ten chapters in the book and their work is already well underway. The chapters will cover a whole range of issues related to the EU; decision-making, policy areas, relations between Iceland and the EU, and small states in the EU. The bulk of the writing should be completed in March and in early summer we foresee to be able to present the book to high-school teachers with the aim of it being used for the first time in the autumn semester of 2014. Subsequently the aim is that the book will be updated regularly and used for many years to come.

A visit to Washington DC and AlaskaIIA

The staff of the Institute of International Affairs, Centre for Arctic Policy and colleagues from other universities in Iceland visited Washington DC and Alaska in December 2013. The purpose of the trip was to meet people working on Arctic issues, explore possibilities of cooperation and identify potential speakers to invite to Iceland. The group visited key institutions and think tanks working in this field, including: The Atlantic Council, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Senator Lisa Murkowski‘s office, the US State Department, Institute of the North and the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. Several collaborative research projects are being developed following the trip.

Introducing The Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

EVI logoThe Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut – EVI) was founded in 2000 and has been a member of TEPSA since 2003. It is an independent think tank which is primarily funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Like institutions in Estonia generally, it is rather small, consisting of four members of staff. The Founding Director of EVI was Prof. Andres Kasekamp and as of 2013, the Executive Director is Prof. Lauri Mälksoo. Kasekamp remains responsible for EVI’s interaction with TEPSA and its member institutes.

EVI’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of international affairs and of Estonia’s role in a changing world by providing a forum for informed discussion, analysis and debate. European Union integration and enlargement have always been a particular focus. To this end, EVI staff contribute commentary to the media, arrange public lectures, organize seminars and conferences, and participate in international research networks. In addition to fostering the development of a global affairs constituency, EVI produces research utilized in foreign policy decision-making. To accomplish this, EVI co-operates closely with government bodies, universities, and other research institutes in Estonia and abroad.

EVI’s core areas of competence and research interest are the following:
EU foreign and security policy;
Baltic Sea regional cooperation;
Developments in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia;
Transatlantic relations;
International law and foreign policy
In addition to these fields of research, EVI intends on broadening its focus this year to include Asia and the Arctic.

EVI’s flagship publication has been its annual Estonian Foreign Policy Yearbook (available online). EVI has compiled studies for Estonian ministries and institutions as well as for the European Parliament (as part of the TEPSA framework contract).

EVI organizes conferences, seminars, and public lectures, the most recent of which include:
Low Intensity Cyber Operations – The International Legal Regime, together with the NATO Cooperative Cyber ​​Defence Centre of Excellence and the University of Tartu, 17-18 February 2014;
Europe under pressure – how to overcome divisions and secure EU strength and coherence, together with fellow TEPSA member Institut für Europäische Politik, 21-22 November 2013
Human Rights and Foreign Policy: Symposium Reflecting on Estonia’s First Year in the UN Human Rights Council, 29 August 2013

For more information on EVI, our publications, events and latest analyses, please visit our website.  You are also welcome to contact us at evi©evi•ee  (evi©evi•ee)   and follow EVI on Twitter @Estonian_EVI Twitter.

Welcome to new TEPSA Secretary General

201205230_Jaap de Zwaan-1Professor Jaap de Zwaan took up his duties as new TEPSA Secretary General on 1 January 2014. Jaap de Zwaan is a Professor of European Union Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the The Hague University for Applied Sciences. In addition to his involvement in the TEPSA Board since January 2010, he is also a board member of numerous institutes, including the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute in Moscow. From 1979 to 1998, he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs both from The Hague and Brussels. Between 2005-2011 he was Director of the TEPSA Member Institute: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. His research areas include law and policy of the European Union, notably institutional/constitutional aspects, movement of persons and European Citizenship, justice and home affairs cooperation (the ‘area of freedom, security and justice’) and external relations of the EU, including CFSP/CSDP. More information on Prof. De Zwaan can be found here.

PROTEUS Project Wins Cologne University Award for Outstanding Teaching

ProteusPROTEUS, a joint teaching project of the Jean Monnet Chairs of Prof. Hobe (Law) and Prof. Wessels (Politics) at the University of Cologne in the field of EU studies (the picture includes Wolfgang Wessels, Mirja Schröder and Wulf Reiners) receives the 2013 award for outstanding teaching of the University of Cologne. PROTEUS combines an intensive seminar on an advanced level with an international summer school and simulation exercise with participants from all over Europe. Following its international, interdisciplinary and innovative teaching approach, PROTEUS not only responds to the rising demand for comprehensive and applied knowledge of today’s students in EU affairs, it also strengthens collaboration across faculties and contributes to the internationalisation of the University of Cologne. Since 2011 the seminar has been carried out in co-operation with the THESEUS summer school in Brussels, co-organised by TEPSA.

New Head at the Centre of International Relations (CIR), Slovenia

CIRDr Maja Bučar replaced Dr. Marjan Svetličič as the Head at the Centre of International Relations in Slovenia. On behalf of the whole TEPSA network, we would like to warmly thank Dr Svetličič for all the valuable commitment and work as Head of the Centre of International Relations in Ljubljana. It has been a great pleasure for the TEPSA Secretariat, the TEPSA network and beyond to cooperate with him. We look forward to the continued cooperation under his new position at the Centre of International Relations. TEPSA would also like to congratulate Dr Bučar on his appointment as Head of the Centre of International Relations (CIR) in Ljubljana. We sincerely hope to strengthen the bonds between CIR and TEPSA in the following year.

Search for information on TEPSA history

The TEPSA Secretariat is currently looking for information linked to the history of TEPSA from its creation in 1974. TEPSA member institutes are therefore welcome to share information if they have any (especially on the period 1974-1990) about contributions of TEPSA to European integration and policy developments. It would feed into a project that TEPSA may be developing later this fall on “40 years of the future of Europe: from Tindemans to Van Rompuy”. If any information is available from your side, please contact the TEPSA Secretariat.

New Director of Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin

NNEUWAHLSucceeding Prof. Dr. Georges Mink at the start of the academic year 2013-2014, Prof. Dr. Nanette Neuwahl is the Director of the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department of the College of Europe in Natolin.

Prof. Dr. Neuwahl is currently a regular researcher at the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public and Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal, Canada, and President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

She has been awarded bursaries and grants for individual and collective research projects in Europe and elsewhere, notably by the European Commission and by various European and Canadian private and public institutions. Since 1985 she has published some 14 books and authored more than 65 book chapters and articles on issues related European integration, favouring topics related to external relations policy, European Union enlargement, constitutional law and human rights as well as immigration law and policy of European Union and its member states. She is co-director of European Foreign Affairs Review.

This year will see the publication of an edited book entitled ‘The Philosophy of Small Change: Transnational Litigation in the EU and Beyond’, and several articles and book chapters including ‘The Institutional Impact of Turkish Accession to the EU’, in: Laursen F. (ed.), EU Enlargement: Current Challenges and Strategic Choices.

IAI Ranked Among the Best Think Tanks in the World

logo IAIThe Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) has been listed among the top hundred think tanks in the world, the only Italian institute to figure in the yearly ranking compiled by the Think Tank and Civil Society Programme of the University of Pennsylvania. The ranking, which confirms the IAI’s primacy at the national level, stands in recognition to the commitment and quality of the Institute’s staff and research team.

The 2013 Global Go to Think Tank Index was published last week and contains a series of global and sectorial rankings, organised on the basis of geographical location and/or thematic specialisation, drawn up on the basis of an extensive, worldwide, network of contacts and consultations.

In particular, focussing on the most prestigious and global rankings, the IAI is:
– recognized as the only Italian research institute in the top-100 Think Tanks Worldwide (US and non-US), where it figures in 92° place;
– the first Italian institute to figure in the Top Think Tanks in Western Europe, where it ranked 29°;
– the first and only Italian institute to figure in the sectorial rankings for Foreign Policy and International Affairs (25°) and Defence and National Security (26°), two of the IAI’s traditional focus areas.

The full report is available online at:

Change in the Management Board of the European Institute in Lodz, Poland

logo POLISHThe official legal representative of the Foundation for European Studies – European Institute has changed and is now Mr Witold S. Gerlicz, Director-General.

TEPSA Member institutes among the TOP Think Tanks!


We are proud to announce that according to the surveys conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, TEPSA Member institutes are among the best worldwide think tanks! Congratulations!!!

Extracts from the 2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Report:

Top 100 Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)

17. Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, The Netherlands
26. The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Top 150 Think Tanks Worldwide (US and non-US)

92. The Institue of International Affairs (IAI), Italy
142. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Top 75 Think Tanks in Western Europe

16. ‘Clingendael’
20. DIIS
30. IAI
37. The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Ireland
42. Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, Spain

Top 60 Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe

41. The Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic

Top 70 International and Security Affairs Think Tanks

19. ‘Clingendael’
32. IAI
40. Elcano
66. IIR
70. The Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI), Sweden

Top 80 International Development Think Tanks

15. DIIS

Top 50 International Economic Policy Think Tanks

43. The Institute of World Economics of RCERS Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Newsest publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, edited by Andris Spruds

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1) Andris Spruds (ed.). The Economic Presence of Russia and Belarus in the Baltic States: Risks and Opportunities. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Centre for East European Policy Studies, Soros Foundation-Latvia, 2012, freely available at http://liia.lv/site/docs/The_Economic_Presence_for_WEB_atverums_2.1.pdf

2) Andris Spruds (ed.). Friendship in the Making: Transforming Relations between Germany and the Baltic-Visegrad Countries. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012, freely available at http://liia.lv/site/docs/Friendship-in-the-Making-final.pdf

3) Andris Spruds (ed.). The Rīga Conference Papers 2012. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012, freely available at http://liia.lv/site/docs/The_Riga_Conference_Papers_20121.pdf

News from Marco Siddi, EXACT Fellow

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Marco Siddi, Russia and the forging of memory and identity in Europe, Egmont Studia Diplomatica (forthcoming January 2013)

Marco Siddi, Italy-Russia relations: politics, energy and other business’, in: Zsuzsa, Ludvig (ed.), What role for Russia?, Eastern European Studies Series, Institute of World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (forthcoming January 2013)

Conference attendance and paper presentations:

Presentation of a paper on Russia’s role in European collective memory construction at the “Genealogies of Memory” annual conference Regions of memory. A comparative perspective on Eastern Europe (Warsaw, 26-28 November 2012), organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

Zlatko Šabič and Petr Drulák (eds.), Regional and International Relations of Central Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Zlatko Šabič and Petr Drulák (eds.), Regional and International Relations of Central Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

This timely book appears after a decade of scant scholarly focus on Central Europe and its place in Europe and the world. Following the big themes of the 1990s (the EU and NATO enlargement), the recent political and economic developments such as the revival of the ‘Visegrad Four’ and the emerging tensions as a consequence of nationalist movements across Europe, this book addresses important and provocative issues surrounding Central Europe. Is Central Europe a region and does it have its own history? Are there more commonalities than dividing lines among Central European countries? Can Central Europe be a player in global politics? Is there a special role for Central Europe in – Europe? These questions have brought together a group of experts whose interdisciplinary analysis with empirical research offers a fresh insight into Central Europe’s position today.

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:

Workshop on The EU and China: Strategic partners or global rivals?
This workshop took place on 21 June 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The final report of this workshop is available here.

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 5 December 2012. The workshop will take place on the 28 November 2012. The experts taking part in the workshop are the following: Andebrhan Welde Giorgis (VUB University), Joachim Koops (Vesalius College & Institute for European Studies VUB Univeristy), Alexandra Dias (Institute Centro de Estudos Africanos – University of Lisbon), Andre Kalhmeyer (Fragility & Crisis Management Channel Research).

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 3 January 2012. The workshop will take place on the 27 November 2012. The experts taking part in the workshop are the following: Mika Aaltola, Erik Brattberg, and Basil Germond from the Lancaster University.

Study on the assessment of the effectiveness of the EU strategy in the Horn of Africa
This study has been elaborated by Alex Vines, OBE, Research Director at Chatham House and Ahmed Soliman, Research Assistant at Chatham House. The final version of the study is available here.

News from the Institut für Europäische Politik

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The Truth about Lies on Europe. Zur Dekonstruktion von Vorurteilen und Feindbildern über Europa.

Institut für Europäische Politik in cooperation with „Das Progressive Zentrum“ financially supported by Stiftung Mercator.

Project period: 01 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

For a long time a general pro-european consensus has prevailed in Germany. In recent years, however, euroscepticism is also on the rise in Germany. The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was elected into the European Parliament in 2014 with 7.1% of the votes and entered the parliaments of the Länder Brandenburg and Thüringen in 2014 with more than 10% votes. Movements such as PEGIDA and the anti TTIP movement add to the eurosceptic trends in Germany.

Against this backdrop, the project “The Truth about Lies on Europe” aims at identifying and deconstructing the ‘myths’ and prejudices on Europe in the German debate. The general objective is the objectification of the debate through a thorough analysis and assessment of eurosceptic claims and propositions. In a second step the project aims at debating the research results with multipliers and informing political and civil society actors on the truth and lies within the eurosceptic debate in Germany. Communication tools will be the project’s website, social media and fact sheets on individual eurosceptic claims.

Contact: Dr. Funda Tekin, Senior Researcher, Institut für Europäische Politik, funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de  (funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de)  .

News from the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne, Germany

THESEUSTHESEUS PhD Workshop,16 and 17 October 2014, Paris

At the THESEUS PhD Workshop 2014, nine selected postgraduate students of different universities discussed their research works with professors Renaud Dehousse, Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po, and Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Cologne, as well as with other participants. The title of the workshop was ‘The EU after the Crisis’. Among their selected research topics was the question of the impact of the economic crisis on national health care systems or the impact of the EU’s energy policy in guaranteeing the Union’s position as a global player. The THESEUS PhD Workshop aims at fostering young academics careers by providing qualitative feedback to their research works. It follows the THESEUS mission to establish a European interdisciplinary and cross-generational network.

THESEUS PhD Workshop 2014 – Article and Report [upcoming]: http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=215

THESEUS Website: www.theseus.uni-koeln.de

THESEUS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theseusnetwork

HOMER_Patel_Vanhoonacker_Mittag_Wessels_2014New Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence HOMER (‘From History to Memory Culture: Narratives of the European Council Summits’), 2014 – 2017, Maastricht University, the University of Cologne and the German Sport University Cologne

HOMER was launched in October 2014 and is a research-based teaching programme that seeks to identify narratives, focusing on three history making summits of national leaders in the history of European integration. The project will assess the summits in The Hague, Maastricht and Lisbon and analyse their roles in developing a ‘master narrative’ of European integration. The main rationale of the project is to contribute to the evolving European memory culture by scrutinizing past and existing interpretations while simultaneously building on these. For further information, please see the project’s website.

Launch of FEUTURE website and social media

FEUTURE NL logo draftThe website of the FEUTURE project is now online! You can visit it at http://www.feuture.eu/

You can also follow FEUTURE on Facebook and Twitter.

You can find more information about the FEUTURE project here.

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb


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On 14-16June 2015 the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CzOSS) of the Croatian Military Academy jointly organized a conference ‘Croatia and the Contemporary Security Environment – Threats, Challenges and Responses’. The conference sponsored by the NATOs Public Diplomacy Division and held at the Croatian Military Academy (CMA) was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic. The event discussed conflicts in the Ukraine and in the Middle East as well as the role of Croatia in addressing these issues. Additionally, it focused on strengthening the existing transatlantic values ​​and directing them to the countries that aspire membership in the NATO alliance. In order to better communicate discussed themes a special issue of Croatian International Relations Review (CIRR) will be dedicated to this conference.

For more information: http://www.irmo.hr/en/events/announcement-conference-croatia-contemporary-security-environment-threats-challenges-responses/

News from the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE)

cife_logoCall for applications Master in Advanced European and international studies 2015/16

CIFE invites interested candidates to apply for its Master programme in EU studies and international relations starting in October 2015.
The concept of this international, multilingual programme is an itinerant one: Participants change study location and live in three different cities over the academic year. Candidates can apply for one of the three branches of the programme:
– The trilingual branch, taking place in Nice, Berlin and Rome. Working languages are English, French and German.
– The Mediterranean branch taking place in Nice, Tunis and Istanbul. Working languages are English and French. (New programme)
– The Anglophone branch taking place in Istanbul, Nice and Berlin. Working language is English.

For more information on the programme see www.ie-ei.eu

Summer University Programme 2015 open for applications

CIFE’s summer university courses traditionally take place all over Europe.
This year’s courses:
Antalya, Turkey “Geopolitics in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Region”
Split, Croatia “La Croatie d’hier à aujourd’hui”
Tallinn, Estonia “Baltic Countires in Europe”
Tbilisi, Georgia “Geopolitics in the wider Black Sea area”
Slobozia, Romania and Silistra, Bulgaria “L’Europe en tant que communauté de Droit – La sécurité européenne”
Canterbury, UK “Federalism, Multinationalism and the Future of Europe”
For more information and registration see bit.ly/SummerUniversities

“Facing Antagonisms in Europe – Chances for Common Approach”. Joint Youth Event in Moldova, France and Germany

The second phase of the project “Facing Antagonisms in Europe – Chances for Common Approach” took place in Chisinau, Moldova from 6 to 11 April 2015. The project brings together 24 young people from Moldova, France and Germany and is co-organised by CIFE, Europa-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg, JEF-Moldova and the Franco-German Youth Office. Seminar participants continued to engage with the realities of the European integration process in the Eastern Neighbourhood region. They discussed among others with the youngest Member of Parliament, Ms Mihaela Spataru from the governing Liberal-Democrat Party, Ms Daniela Morari, from the General-Director for EU integration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of the EU Delegation. In Tiraspol, Transnistria, the group was welcomed by Nina Sthanski (Minister of Foreign Affairs). The group also discussed with students, researchers and youth activists. The intensive and insightful seminar contributed to a more profound understanding of the challenges both the Moldova and the European Union face in consolidating peace and prosperity in the Eastern part of the continent. In September the project will conclude with a third encounter in Paris and Brussels. For more information contact communications©cife•eu

Call for panel submission at the IPSA World Congress in Istanbul, distributed by our colleague Xavier Coller

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The Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (RC08 / RCLS) will coordinate a number of panels at the IPSA World Congress. The call for panel submissions is now open. See here for details:


The RC08 session will include panels on all aspects of legislatures and parliamentary government. There are two types of panels: Open panels submitted without papers and open to paper abstract submissions, and Closed panels which are pre-organized and complete panels including 4-6 papers.

Please, contact xaviercoller©upo•es  (xaviercoller©upo•es)   for confirmation. Indicate “Istanbul Pannel” in the subject matter of the message.

News from the Institute of International Relations, Prague

Presentation of policy papers on “What Should the New European Commission Do about the Western Balkans?”

Czech-republicThe Institute of International Relations organized a presentation of policy papers by Tomáš Dopita and Anes Makul with a subsequent discussion on “What Should the New European Commission Do About the Western Balkans?”.

The Czech Republic has been one of the foremost supporters of the enlargement process in the Western Balkans. However, recently the public support for enlargement has decreased significantly in the EU and the Czech Republic alike, and the newly elected President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker declared that no further enlargement will take place over the next five years. Moreover, while the current enlargement policies work well with most of the Western Balkan countries; Bosnia and Herzegovina is left to fail in this respect because it is not able to speak with a single voice. Can it be that the European public could block enlargement to the Western Balkans for much longer than “only” five years?.

Read more here.

PONT seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies

TEPSA is happy to share with you the report of the PONT Working Europe I seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies which took place in Brussels on 4-8 April. Many thanks to the seminar participants who volunteered to prepare the reports from various sessions!

The report can be downloaded here.

Introducing Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Européennes Robert Schuman (CERE)

logoThe Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Européennes Robert Schuman (CERE) is an independent public research institution which has been conducting scholarly research in the area of international relations and European integration history since 1990. The seat of the CERE is the birthplace of Robert Schuman, the founding father of the European Coal and Steal Community (ECSC). The Luxembourg Prime Minister himself, with the support of national researchers, initiated the creation of the CERE as an independent research institution. Since 2013 the institute has closely been connected with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The CERE tries to form a link between the academic and the public world and the realm of international political practice.

First of all, the CERE tries:

  • to promote knowledge of European integration history and politics
  • to facilitate the publication of research results in the field of European integration history and European politics
  • to implement cooperation with different European political research institutes on an international level
  • to organize colloquia, workshops and training sessions for researchers, students and journalists with experts from politics, justice, economy, administration and the academia
  • to advise the government on any question related to international relations and European integration.

The main activities of the CERE Robert Schuman are the following ones: The CERE organizes lectures, seminars and conferences related to international affairs. It cooperates with government institutions to provide up-to-date independent analysis on global political matters. It organizes scholarly events such as national and international conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions and presentations. It cooperates with many governmental and non-governmental organizations from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and abroad.

The CERE library has been integrated into the National public library system BibNet. The services of the CERE library, a specialized library, provide public library and information services.

The CERE develops educational activities and training activities for students, teachers and journalists. A special training programme is devoted to journalists from Turkey and the Balkan region. In cooperation with other European and national institutions the CERE is active in the dissemination of knowledge on European integration.

The history department of the CERE focuses its research efforts on the historical development of the European steel policy. Furthermore, it biennially publishes the Journal of European Integration History, together with the Groupe de Liaison des Historiens auprès de la Commission Européenne.

The European policy department concentrates its research on Luxembourg’s role in the European integration process. It cooperates with various research institutions in the field of International Relations, European Studies and Security Studies. Its mission is to contribute to the European and international relations research. Thus, it is involved in various projects with networks like Notre Europe Jacques Delors, Building Bridges of the IFRI or TEPSA. The CERE has also contributed regularly to various TEPSA projects such as EuroWatch.

The CERE is organizing the next TEPSA presidency conference, which is to be held in Luxembourg on 4th and 5th June 2015.

The main topics on the agenda of the pre-presidency conference will be:

  • The Energy Union – European Development Year
  • Grexit – Brixit? Can Greece and the United Kingdom leave the European institutions?
  • TTIP (EU – USA) – CETA (EU – Canada) negotiations
  • The institutional debate, one year after the EP election
  • The Juncker Plan: a possible re-launch of the European economy?
  • European Neighbourhood policy in trouble? EU – Russia relations and the Ukraine conflict
  • Immigration – Integration, a new opportunity for the EU?

News from the University of Cologne

TEPSA and the Jean Monnet Chair of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels congratulate Vanessa Boas to the completion of her PhD in the framework of the EU-funded joint PhD Programme EXACT (http://www.exact.uni-koeln.de/). She successfully defended her thesis “Who needs goodwill? An analysis of EU norm promotion in the Central Asian context” – co-supervised at the Universities of Cologne and Prague – at her viva that took place in Cologne on June 8.

Guest Lecture Turkey after the elections – Where is Turkey heading?, Election analysis by Prof. Atila Eralp, METU Ankara at the University of Cologne

On 8 July 2015, Prof.Dr. Atila Eralp, Director of the Center for European Studies at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, held a guest lecture on the outcomes of the parliamentary elections in Turkey at the University of Cologne. In his speech, he assessed the domestic as well as external political consequences of the AKP’s loss of its absolute majority.

News from the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small States Studies, Iceland

Small state summer school for the thirteenth year in a row


The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland is hosting an intensive summer school focused on small states and European integration from June 22 to July 4. This is the thirteenth year in a row in which the summer school is held. Students from six universities in Europe participate in the school and the teaching is carried out by internationally renowned academics in the field. The summer school is part of a larger Erasmus+ strategic partnership project. The University of Iceland is the lead partner, with five other universities participating in the project: The University of Copenhagen, Vilnius University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of St. Andrews and the University of Malta.

The summer school is organized around four interlinked pillars each identifying a specific set of challenges and opportunities for small states:

Pillar 1: The role of small states in European integration
Pillar 2: Good governance, innovation and entrepreneurship in small states
Pillar 3: Foreign policy and security challenges of small states
Pillar 4: Promoting sustainable development in small states

The six higher education institutions are developing close cooperation in the field of small state studies. The grant is used to organize summer schools, seminars, student mobility and to develop cooperation with regard to teaching.


Hofdi Reykjavik Peace Centre

The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland has teamed up with the City of Reykjavík to develop its capacity to contribute to the international peace dialogue. For this purpose the Hofdi Reykjavík Peace Centre will be established in October 2015.

The Hofdi Reykjavik Peace Centre will have a threefold role, it will:

  • Build on existing and new research to support the City of Reykjavik in developing and implementing a holistic Peace Policy throughout the city’s administration and infrastructure.
  • Develop new ways to reach out to people, institutions and organizations through innovative educational activities at all educational levels as well as by hosting and promoting peace related events and conferences.
  • Finally, it will be an innovative and pioneering peace research Centre dealing with untested or novel areas of research such as the role of small states, small societies, small entities and cities in peace building; LGBTI rights and peace building and gender in peace building where Iceland already has substantial academic and practical know-how through research and participation in international projects in conflict zones.

The Hofdi Reykjavik Peace Centre will aspire to bring together knowledge and experiences from different individuals, various academic schools of thought, cities, municipalities, and international organizations as well as from civil society, to find new ways to work towards peace and for non-violence.

As a part of the Centre’s preparatory work, the Centre in collaboration with the Nordic House in Iceland and the City of Reykjavík, hosted an open meeting on 11 June, where politicians, Peace NGO representatives, the police, academics as well as the public were encouraged to contribute to the Centre’s development by sharing how they foresee the City’s and the Centre’s role in peace building, both nationally and internationally. Panelists at the meeting included the President of the Icelandic Parliament Mr. Einar K. Gudfinnsson, Bright Party MP Mr. Ottarr Proppe and Reykjavík Chief of Police Ms. Sigridur Bjork Guðjonsdottir.

Trans Arctic Agenda conference in October

This October the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at the University of Iceland, which is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs (IIA), will host its Trans Arctic Agenda conference for the third year running. This year the conference will be co-organized with the Northern Research Forum, in cooperation with the Global Arctic Project. The Trans Arctic Agenda (TAA) is an annual high-level seminar that takes an inclusive approach to Arctic issues, opening the debate between different stakeholders by inviting speakers from the academic and policy level and thus representing different disciplines and sectors. Each year the conference’s subtitle indicates the key topics up for discussion. The focus in 2015 will be on challenges of globalization, representation and communication. In 2016 the main focus will be on the challenges of peace, resilience and good practices. Previously the focus areas have been challenges of development, security and cooperation (2013) and challenges of sustainability, cooperation and governance (2014).

CAPS has hosted events on the European Union and the Arctic before, and the 2014 Trans Arctic Agenda had a very successful panel on that particular topic. As the 2015 conference will have a strong focus on the representation of other actors (other then the eight member states of the Arctic Council) the EU component is a very important one. The EU has expressed interest in the Arctic and its developments, published policy documents on the subject and is a leading actor in many of the Arctic’s most important fields such as climate research, setting environmental standards, human rights issues and shipping. This makes it important to incorporate the EU in the discussions on the future of the Arctic, how it will and should be governed, who’s interests should be represented and how.

News from CIFE


A joint youth encounter initiative:“Facing Antagonismus in Europe: Chances for a common approach? Perspectives from France, Moldova and Germany” At the occasion of their joint visit to Chisinau on 23 April 2014, the French and German Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier had stressed the importance of multilateral youth exchanges and meetings to underpin the process of EU approximation in light of the signing of the Association agreement. The project «Facing Antagonisms in Europe» is aimed at intensifying youth encounters with the Republic of Moldova  and is organised by CIFE, the Young European Federalists JEF-Moldova and the Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with the OFAJ/DFJW. The project is structured into three parts, with a first seminar taking place in Berlin, Germany from 24 to 29 November 2014, followed by a seminar in Chisinau, Moldova from 6 to 11 April and a last seminar in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium from 14 to 19 September 2015. The same group of young people, eight from each country, will participate in all three parts of the project. Working language will be English. The draft programme for the first part in Berlin can be consulted here.

Master in Advanced European and international studies (MAEIS) 2014/15 Start for the trilingual branch of the MAEIS-Master in Nice The academic year started at CIFE’s Institut européen·European Institute (IE·EI) in Nice on 7 October 2014. The 21 students will be spending two trimesters in Nice and one in Berlin, as well as a one week stay at CIFE’s partner university in Rostockand a two week seminar at the EuroSapienza, CIFE’s partner university in Rome. A study trip to the European and international organisations to the European and international organisations in Geneva, The Hague, Strasbourg and Brussels will also be part of the programme. The courses which are taught in English, French and German take place from October 2014 to July 2015. Start for the Anglophone branch of the MAEIS-Master in Istanbul The 31 students of the Anglophone branch started their academic year with a welcome evening at the Institut français in Istanbul. This year’s participants who come from 22 countries will travel a lot during their year of studies: the first trimester takes place in Istanbul, the second in Nice and the third in Berlin. Teaching language is English.

Start for the Master in EU Studies Online The kick-off meeting for the Online Master took place from 24 to 26 October in Berlin. The participants, coming from 15 different countries, will follow the 2 years-programme whilst pursuing their professional career. After this first workshop which introduced them to the courses ‘Institutional architecture of the EU’, ‘Basics of EU law’ and ‘History of European Integration’ they will continue their studies online. Next meeting will be in Rome in January 2015.

Introducing the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (IHS)

pic IHSThe Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) is an independent research institute covering the areas of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. The combination of basic academic research, applied research and policy advice under one roof provides a unique combination positioning the IHS firmly at the crossroads of academia and public policy. Founded in 1963 by two emigrated scholars, the sociologist Paul F. Lazarsfeld and the economist Oskar Morgenstern, with the financial support from the Ford Foundation, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, and the City of Vienna. Its main task was to establish modern social sciences in Austria. The IHS turned out to be highly successful: for more than 50 years it trains social scientists and economists, provides policy input for public and private actors, and has become a benchmark for academic research. Today, the IHS is the primary institution for postgraduate education and research in economics and social sciences in Austria.

Around 125 scientists cover topics ranging from health care policy to labour market and employment policy, from higher education to innovation policies, from European integration to energy policy, from industrial policy to education etc.

Top-ranking international scholars from around the world attend the Institute in Vienna either as guest professors or visiting fellows. As a forum for discussion and debate, the Institute frequently organizes different types of meetings – lectures, seminars, and conferences.

The IHS’ work is made available in a wide range of publications, most of which are accessible on its website. Press releases, working paper series, and policy briefs complement the publication activities geared towards the highest ranking peer reviewed journals.

The IHS participates in leading networks ranging from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), International Political Science Association (IPSA), International Sociological Association (ISA), European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), European Sociological Association (ESA), ) and the European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes (ENEPRI).

List of coming calls for horizon 2020 projects

The European Commission has published on its website the new Horizon 2020 work program 2016/2017

‘Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’

The following calls are provided:

The calls include a total of 39 application topics. In addition to the listed calls there is a category of the so-called ‘other actions’. The first deadline is expected to be already February 4, 2016. Other deadlines are scheduled for April 16, 2016; May 24, 2016 and February 2, 2017.

For further information please check the working program:

And the webpage:


News from TEPSA Secretariat

New intern at the TEPSA Secretariat

1012246_10200783132994908_1890470123_nAndreea Stinga joined TEPSA as intern at TEPSA in early October, her main tasks consisting of contribution to the organisation of events, communication with external and internal stakeholders, assistance in the production of online and/or print publications, reports, and newsletters, as well as in website management and general administration. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from Uppsala University and a Bachelor’s degree in Swedish and French Languages from the University of Bucharest. Andreea has previously worked as communications assistant at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, as advocacy intern at the European Roma Information Office or the European Federation for Street Children.

You can contact Andreea here  (andreea•stinga©tepsa•eu)  



TEPSA has a Facebook page

TEPSA_LOGOfacebookDear members,

We are happy to announce that TEPSA now has its page on Facebook! We believe it will help to increase the visibility of our network and help reach new audiences, especially among students and young academics.

The channel will be used not only to inform about TEPSA´s activities, but also as another way to promote the work and advertise events of our members. As you might have already noticed, we try to share any event/publication written in English and published on your own Facebook pages.

We would be happy if you could help us spread the information about the new page by sharing the link

https://www.facebook.com/tepsa.eu with your own Facebook friends, fans and followers – or by any other means you would find convenient.

Thank you in advance for your help!

With kind regards from Brussels,

TEPSA team

News from TEPSA Secretariat

Logos-PPC-300x116TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Riga, 4-5 December 2014

On 4-5 December 2014, LIIA organizes the conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability” in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the THESEUS Project, with generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the European Commission Representation in Latvia. This has been recognized as an official event of the Latvian EU Presidency and is also supported by the Presidency. Please find the programme here. Participation upon invitation only.



News from the Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Senior Research Fellow Jyrki Kallio has been awarded the J. A. Hollo Prize for the best non-fiction translation published in 2014. The book, Mestari Kongin keskuste­lut – kungfutselaisuuden ydinolemus (“The Discourses of Master Kong – The Essence of Confucianism”), comprises a critical translation of Confucius’s Analects, as well as excerpts from other key texts.


Call for Papers

Finnish Foreign Policy Papers series is designed to advance scholarship and debate on issues related to Finnish foreign policy. Submissions to the series are wel­comed from relevant fields of study (e.g. International Relations or Contemporary History).

Papers are expected to have rel­evance to academic, policy and/or practitioner audiences. Papers can be published in Finnish or English and they can vary in length but they have to be a minimum of 25 000 charac­ters. Oxford referencing style is used.

 Submissions may be sent to Publications Editor Juha Mäkinen (juha•makinen©fiia•fi). Submissions will receive a limited review result­ing in a decision on whether the paper will be published.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in the Hague, November 2015


The Pre-Presidency conference for the upcoming Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union took place on 19 and 20 November 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The conference was organised by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), and with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands, the European Cultural Foundation, the Municipality of The Hague, Leiden University and the PONT project.

Pre-Presidency conference is TEPSA’s key event, it is organized twice a year before the upcoming, rotating presidency period. The Netherlands will take up the presiding role during the first half of 2016, this will be the 12th time when the country is presiding.  The conference looked at the European Challenges and Dutch Priorities for the upcoming presidency.

On the first day of the conference TEPSA hosted a General Assembly, followed by the opening session of the conference and the first panel: ‘Deeper integration& better governance’. The second day of the conference opened with an initially unintended session reflecting on one week after the terrorist attacks in Paris. The panel discussions of the second day focused on the ‘First year of the Commission President Junker’ and the crisis on both Eastern and Southern borders of the EU, including the EU Asylum and Migration challenges. The conference ended with a public event in cooperation with Leiden University where recommendations of TEPSA to the upcoming Presidency were presented to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr.Bert Koenders. The minister gave a speech on ‘Challenges and Chances for European Cooperation’, which was followed by a question and answer session. The concluding remarks of the conference were given by the TEPSA chairperson Prof.Wolfgang Wessels.

The detailed programme of the event is available here and the final report here.

News from TEPSA Secretariat

untitledtepsa“Towards deep and genuine EMU: Next steps ahead” FIIA-TEPSA Lunch Talks in Brussels, 2 December 2014

On December 2, TEPSA, in collaboration with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), organizes the FIIA-TEPSA Lunch Talks entitled ‘Towards Deep and Genuine EMU: Next Steps Ahead’.

This FIIA-TEPSA event focuses on the political and institutional aspects of the reforms of the EMU and it aims to identify concrete insights and the next tangible steps to be taken in consolidating the functioning of the EMU in light of the start of the new institutional cycle. It will also provide an opportunity for the key decision-makers and thinkers to compare notes on the reform agenda ahead after the election year.

News from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

UntitledDirector Tiilikainen has been appointed to an eminent panel. FIIA’s Center for US Politics and Power will organise its 2nd Summer Session in September. Meanwhile, FIIA has taken on projects on German foreign policy and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

Teija Tiilikainen appointed to an OSCE panel on European security.

Director Teija Tiilikainen takes part in the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project. The Panel is chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and it consists of 15 distinguished individuals. The Panel provides advice on how to reconsolidate European security.

CUSPP Summer Session

The Center for US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at FIIA will organise its second Summer Session in Helsinki on 9-12 September 2015. The programme includes keynote presentations and thematic workshops.

CUSPP welcomes paper proposals for new and innovative approaches on understanding the transformations of the US role and power in global setting. These views can include domestic power developments and external issues such as regional rebalancing and alliance formations. The Call for papers is available on the Institute’s website (deadline May 26).

Project on Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), jointly with FIIA and 12 other research institutes from the EU and the Mediterranean Partner Countries have recently begun the implementation of the 4-year project, co-funded by the European Commission and the IEMed.

The main objective of the project is to reinforce dialogue, political research and studies on the key issues and trends of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and to ensure their dissemination to civil society and policy-makers. The project is coordinated at FIIA by Wolfgang Mühlberger.

Towards a German EU foreign policy?

FIIA has established a research group which aims to assess whether the events of recent years constitute a new chapter of Germany’s role in EU foreign policy. The group will organise a workshop on 4 and 5 June in Helsinki, a panel at the UACES conference in Bilbao on 7-9 September and, finally, produce a report on the topic in early 2016. The project is coordinated at FIIA by Niklas Helwig.

National perspectives on the EU

Research Fellow Tuomas Iso-Markku represents FIIA in the project “Bridging National Perspectives on the European Union”. The project is led by Ifri (Institut français des relations internationales, Paris) and involves representatives from all EU member states. The project includes events and short publications on the topic. It will be carried out during 2015-2016.

Staff news

EU Programme Director Juha Jokela returned from his 3-month visit to the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris in the beginning of April.

In April, Dr. Christian Fjäder joined FIIA to work on a research project on international interdependencies and Finland’s security of supply. The project is partly funded by the National Emergency Supply Agency where Fjäder works as a Director of the secretariat of emergency supply organisation.

Programme Director Arkady Moshes served as an expert at public hearing on the EU-Russia relations at the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament on Feb 24.

The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs

The Journal has been awarded for the best layout of 2014 in the Edit Magazine Awards organised by the Finnish Periodical Publishers’ Association. In addition, the lead story of the issue 4/2014 was selected as the best story in the category of trade and organisational magazines.

Issue 1/2015, published in early March, focuses on European defence. The issue also explores the roots of the Russian understanding of democracy and takes a look at how nationalism has become almost an official ideology of the Russian state.

The journal is available both as a printed journal and as an e-paper at Lehtiluukku.fi.

pHOTO 1Photo: Tuukka Niemi

Director Brigid Laffan, MEP Richard Corbett and Professor Hanna Ojanen discussed “The Future of the Political Union of the EU” in a FIIA seminar on 4 February (audio recording available on the Institute website). http://www.fiia.fi/en/event/727/the_future_of_the_political_union_in_the_eu/

News from the College of Europe (Bruges)


Call for Papers – Conference on “Theorizing the ENP”, 17-18 September 2015, College of Europe, Bruges

The College of Europe in Bruges would hereby like to invite paper proposals for an international conference on “Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy” which will take place on 17-18 September 2015. The conference, which is supported by the European Commission, aims to contribute to the further development of EU external relations theory by explaining the origins, development, (in)effectiveness, differentiation and (in)consistency of the ENP from various perspectives as well as the role played by other global actors.

Papers are expected to draw on International Relations theories, foreign policy analysis and integration theories or approaches such as EU external governance. They may apply and refine a specific theory, test competing theories or develop their own theoretical approach, and they should provide for solid linkages between theory and empirical research.

Selected papers will be edited and published in a peer-reviewed book or special issue. The organizers will cover speakers’ travel costs, accommodation and meals during the conference.

Detailed Call for Papers: www.coleurope.eu/TheorizingENP

Deadline for submissions of proposals: 15 May 2015

DEVE Committee workshop: “EU Policy Coherence for Development: the challenge of sustainability”, 16 February 2016

European Parliament DEVE European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli Building, Room 5Q2, Brussels


MEP Cristian Dan PREDA (EPP), the Development Committee’s Standing Rapporteur for Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), hosted on 16 February 2016 a workshop in Brussels on “EU Policy Coherence for Development: the challenge of sustainability”.
Experts from the academic world, the United Nations, the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Civil Society discussed the mechanisms, tools and outcomes of the PCD as well as ways forward.

An analysis of the Impact Assessment procedure, the role of the EU delegations and the Joint Programming initiative was made. Special emphasis was given to the security-development nexus and measures against illicit financial flows. The discussion results will feed into the Parliament’s biannual report on Policy Coherence for Development.

Two briefings presented at the workshops were coordinated by TEPSA and presented by Maurizio Carbone (Professor of International Relations and Development and Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Policies, University of Glasgow) and Mark Furness (Senior Researcher, German Development Institute).

The expert briefings and the proceedings of the workshop will soon be on the European Parliament website.


News from the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)


  • IAI is a member of the strategic study group on the EU established by the Italian Prime Minister’s office.
  • The Institute has been awarded five new projects funded by the European Union in the areas of space security in the Arctic region, conflict prevention and peace-building, and the fight against terrorism and organised crime (http://www.iai.it/en/comunicati/new-iai-research-projects).

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

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A debate on the future of the European Union was organised in Zagreb IRMO and the Initiative New Pact for Europe, under the auspices of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) on the 8 April 2015. Along representatives of the Academy and IRMO, the event was attended by Croatian Members of the European Parliament, Members of Croatian Parliament, Government officials, leading experts in the field of European integration, the Head of the European Commission Representation to the Republic of Croatia as well as Mr. Andrej Stuchlick, from the Bertelsmann Foundation, representative of the New Pact for Europe initiative.

The New Pact for Europe project was launched by a consortium of 11 European foundations led by the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation and the German Bertelsmann Foundation with the aim of encouraging a pan-European debate on the future of Europe. The first debate within this framework in Croatia was organised in April, 2014 at the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, based on the first strategic report ˝Strategic options for Europe’s future˝. At this year’s round table, a debate was held based on the second report ˝Towards a new pact for Europe˝. The second report underlines the need for creating a new alliance between the EU Member States, European Union and its citizens in order to enable the Union to overcome its current reactive mode of functioning.

More information: http://www.irmo.hr/en/events/debate-european-unions-future-organised-irmo-initiative-new-pact-europe-auspices-hazu/

Logo 3IRMO is local collaborator of the ˝Project for the Update and the Pilot Test Implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM)˝. The Project is funded by the European Commission and is led, since 2013, by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The aim of the MPM, as a measurement tool, is to assess the risks to media pluralism in EU countries. The results of the pilot-test implementation show a provisional assessment of the risk to media pluralism through different risk domains in the selected countries.

An early version of the MPM tool was developed in 2009 by a consortium led by the University of Leuven which contained 166 indicators. In 2014 the CMPF simplified and reduced the number of indicators and led the pilot implementation in nine countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy and the UK. The examined risk domains were: basic domain, cultural pluralism in the media, geographical pluralism in the media, pluralism of media ownership and control, political pluralism in the media and pluralism of media types and genres. The 2015 MPM implementation will further elaborate and fine-tune the indicators and risk domains and will implement the tool in the remaining 19 EU countries. After its full test and implementation the tool can potentially be used for permanent monitoring and improvement of media pluralism in EU countries.

More information: http://monitor.cmpf.eui.eu/results-2014/

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IRMO has been a partner in the research project ˝Access to Culture – Policy Analysis˝ http://www.irmo.hr/en/projects/access-culture-policy-analysis/ funded by the European Commission’s Culture Programme. The project has been implemented with six partner organizations in the period from May 2013 to April 2015. It investigated the European and national dimensions of access to culture, analysing and comparing the implementation of the policies on access to culture in different countries, aiming to develop recommendations for raising awareness about these issues both at the national and at the European level.

In order to present the results of the project in Croatia IRMO organised a round table discussion ˝Perspectives of cultural policy development: access, cultural participation and new audiences˝ that took place on the 17th April 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. The focus of the round table was on the key challenges and trends for access to culture in Croatia, while putting them in the broader European context. The presentation of the research results prompted up lively discussion with over 40 cultural professionals and policy makers. The participants of the round table agreed on the need for the more explicit cultural (as well as other public) policies in the field of access to culture, and on better networking and cooperation (in)between cultural sectors on these issues. The final project output in the form of the final report will be available on the IRMO and other project partner websites by the end of June 2015.

More information: http://www.irmo.hr/en/events/irmo-organized-round-table-discussion-perspectives-cultural-policy-development-access-cultural-participation-new-audiences/

CIFE call for papers: Economic and political challenges for a more convergent €-zone

cife_logo Call for papers

Economic and political challenges for a more convergent €-zone

In the framework of its research activities, the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) will organise a conference on the topic of economic and political challenges for a more convergent €-Zone. This conference will take place in Brussels on 21 and 22 September 2017.


It is a fact that the crisis has not yet been overcome, that unemployment continues, that growth is still weak, that poverty does not recede, that nationalist attitudes spread out as well as protectionist temptations, that cleavages multiply, in particular with regard to the migration issue, and this in the context of the Brexit.

In the meantime, whether this is welcome or not, ongoing globalisation reminds us that the centre of gravity shifts toward Asia, in the economic field (China and India are supposed to become the leading economies in the world), in terms of demography (both countries will represent more than 40% of the world’s population). Other countries emerge, too, and Africa is the next region which will experience a tremendous economic and demographic growth – Europe and the €-Zone in particular can simply not ignore these profound changes.

There must be a serious quest for solutions, which ensure a more prosperous European future, marked by more solidarity, and opposed to any closure of borders or minds. The current growth rate is not sufficient neither to solve the macroeconomic problems, nor the migration crisis. Rethink the governance of the €-Zone is urgently needed, on the basis of the existing treaties, analysing what works well and what is blocking, in order to find solutions, which are more favourable for more people.

In the economic field, it is possible to accompany the common monetary policy of the €-Zone by a more decisive budgetary discipline, a banking union, the creation of a budget for the €-Zone, a common mechanism to cope with public debts, an enhanced convergence.

Proposals for a contribution to our conference should fit in one of the nine topics lined out here:

Outline of the conference:


The economic perspective


Topic 1: A more goal-oriented budgetary discipline

Only European institutions can initiate such a discipline, no individual member state. Without any dogmatic stance, budgetary discipline is more promising than laisser-faire, and that is why an enhanced European framing of national budgetary policies is needed. This applies to public debts, and especially to their evolution, to (stricter) procedures, to (more credible) sanctions – recent decisions mark indeed a progress.  However, this progress is insufficient. Harmonisation or convergence of budgetary policies would be an important step; things would even more improve if they would trigger harmonisation of fiscal and social policies.

Topic 2: Enhancing the Banking Union

The European Council decided to implement the Banking Union on 14 December 2012, in the wake of the financial crisis of the years 2007-2008, against the background of the lax behaviour of certain banks and in the face of a considerable increase of systemic risks. Which are the assets and challenges for such a Union?

Topic 3: A budget for the €-Zone

Budgetary discipline and the Banking Union call for a budget of the €-Zone, if only to help absorb asymmetric shocks. Such a decision would allow for a convergence, or at least a more harmonious evolution of budgetary resources (i.e. fiscal income) and expenditures. There is no future conceivable without budget, be it on the EU level or on the €-Zone level; there is no budget without fiscal policy. It is vain to maintain a common currency as long as fiscal policies still fall under the sovereignty of the member states.

Topic 4: Dealing collectively with public debt

The budgetary challenge cannot be isolated from the problem of public debt. A tricky question indeed, because it is intimately connected to the issue of sovereignty. However, as soon as states have decided to join their currencies into a single, common one, there is no way to imagine that one of them could endanger the survival of the common currency because of high-level debt, difficult to finance or to repay. It is urgent to control government debts and apply solidarity among the member states of the €-Zone. What are the stakes of a limited and temporary mutualisation of public debt?

Topic 5: Toward economic convergence

The new architecture of the €-Zone should rely on economic convergence. One of the reasonable criticisms with regard to the €-Zone is the fact that a monetary union (and even more a common currency) can only be successful if the rhythms of growth and the levels of productivity converge. Otherwise, cleavages will deepen and asymmetrical positions of national economies, which use the same currency, will create increasing imbalances. Furthermore, economic convergence would allow to cushion cyclical shocks in coherence with the harmonisation of budgetary and fiscal policies.

The political (institutional, constitutional) perspective


Topic 6: Institutions adapted to an enhanced Monetary Union

In order to implement the improvements outlined under the economic angle, the €-Zone needs a correspondingly enhanced institutional setting. The need for a Ministry of Finance has already been underlined, several years ago, by Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank. Only such a political authority invested with some degree of governmental power (that is what “Ministry” means), can assure the implementation of measures needed to maintain the €-Zone alive and successful, in a world marked by the rise of other powerful regions. This Minister must dispose of a budget, which is independent from the (volatile) goodwill of the member states, i.e. a European fiscal instrument. How could such a Ministry be created, how would it fit in the European Treaties, how to launch and implement a European fiscal capacity?

Topic 7: An increased legitimacy of the €-Zone

Under the premises of democracy, a Finance Minister who is in charge of a budget aimed at serving a policy of solidarity, must necessarily be controlled by a parliament – otherwise, the political decisions of that Minister, disposing of a part of the European fiscal capacity, would be illegitimate. That is why a parliament of the €-Zone, different from the European Parliament, is needed, a parliament congruent with the responsibility it has to assume. How should such a parliament come into existence, how should it be elected, what would be its mandate, how to distinguish it from the Parliament of the European Union?

Topic 8: Relations between an enhanced €-Zone and other policies of the EU

Strengthening the €-Zone has consequences for other common policies of the European Union. How should this relationship between the €-Zone and other policies be conceived, ranging from competition to agriculture, from regional and cohesion policy to investment (EFSI) and energy? Is a federalized €-Zone conceivable without parallel efforts in other fields, like security, defence, foreign relations? Projects aiming at a renewal of the project of a European Defence Community (or Union) – are they concerned, linked, endangered by an enhanced €-Zone? Would there be a “spill-over” effect between the €-Zone and other common policies, existing or future ones?

Topic 9: Relationship between the €-Zone and the EU on the whole

Finally, a strengthened €-Zone has to be systematically localised within the framework of the European Union on the whole. Currently, 19 EU members are members of the €-Zone. Would the measures aiming at strengthening the €-Zone be accepted by all the 19? Or would some member states prefer to withdraw from the €-Zone in case of its institutional federalisation? How to prevent the €-Zone from isolating itself from the other member states of the Union? How assure that the €-Zone still stays (or becomes) attractive, open, dynamic – a centre of gravity, a vanguard more than a “hard core”? How could the European Commission, composed of Commissioners from all EU member states, assume responsibility for the €-Zone?

Scientific committee:

Laurent Baechler (CIFE, Istanbul)

András Inotai (Institute for World Economy, Budapest, Hungary)

Finn Laursen (University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

Jacques Le Cacheux (Université de Pau)

Hartmut Marhold (CIFE, Berlin)

Ingrid Shikova (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”)

Funda Tekin (CIFE, Berlin)

Jean-Claude Vérez (LEAD, Université de Toulon)

Matthias Waechter (CIFE, Nice)


Interested authors may submit a preliminary version or a draft of at least 2 pages (key words included) until April 15 at the latest to the following address:

eurozone-governance©cife•eu  (eurozone-governance©cife•eu)  

Papers must be originals and not yet published elsewhere. The scientific committee will deliver its opinion until May 15. The ultimate date for handing in the final papers and confirm participation is August 15.


After the conference, the most innovative papers are selected and submitted to a peer review, and finally published in two scientific reviews (one of them will be a special edition of CIFE’s quarterly “L’Europe en formation”, in 2018) and a collective book in the series “Denkart Europa” (NOMOS Verlag)

Participation fees: 150€ (students: 50€)

Organisation committee (CIFE Berlin et Brussels): hartmut•marhold©cife•eu  (hartmut•marhold©cife•eu)   and bruno•boissiere©cife•eu  (bruno•boissiere©cife•eu)  

News from Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po

SciencesPO_Appellations_CentreEtudesEuropeennes_RGBCall for applications: Research in Paris (deadline March 23)

“Research in Paris” is a selective program offering foreign junior researchers a postdoctoral grant, within a research unit located in Paris, for a fixed period of time from 9 to 12 months.

More information here: http://cee.sciences-po.fr/fr/actualites/1092-call-for-applications-research-in-paris-deadline-march-23.html


Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, CEE

Pr. Christopher J. Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, is visiting the CEE from Febrary to April. He has published widely in the areas of foreign policy analysis, European politics and general international relations.



Sciences Po/Princeton Collaborative Research Grant:

The project Europeanization vs. Globalization: The Euro Crisis and the Changing Politics of Economic Interdependence in Europe (EUROGLOB), from Colin Hay, Professor of Political Science, Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po and Sophie Meunier, Co-Director, European Union Program at Princeton, Research Scholar Woodrow Wilson School received a grant of 85 000 USD for three years. The Princeton-Sciences Po Collaborative Partnership “Europeanization vs. Globalization: The Euro Crisis and the Changing Politics of Economic Interdependence in Europe” (EUROGLOB) introduces a transatlantic research program that builds on existing structures at both partner institutions — the European Union Program at Princeton (EUPP) and the political economy group within the Centre d’Études Économiques (CEE) at Sciences Po. The program would bring Princeton and Sciences Po faculty as well as BA, MA and PhD students together to carry out collaborative research on globalization and European integration, with a particular focus on the changing politics of economic interdependence in the wake of the euro crisis. EUROGLOB would provide a framework and seed money for the development of collaborative research projects organized in three related clusters, which may be extended over time to examine the emergence of a globalization cleavage in polities beyond Europe. EUROGLOB will include participants from the EUPP and the CEE as well as additional affiliated departments and programs, such as Princeton’s Program on Contemporary European Politics and Society and Sciences Po’s MaxPo.


New Partnership

Partnership with the Huffington Post “My thesis in two minutes”

“My thesis in two minutes,” is a show in which The Huffington Post invites PhD researchers and PhD students to present ‘to the masses’ the subject of their dissertation. In two minutes and not a second more, they have to extract the essence of their subject of study and give practical applications of their work in everyday life. Spending years on a theme and having to summarize it in two minutes, that’s a challenge! Every Monday sees a different researcher sharing his/her knowledge, an intellectual heritage to a country and its future, accessible to all.

Watch the video with Angela Tacea, PhD Candidtate at Sciences Po, CEE, under the supervision of Renaud Dehousse. Her research focuses on the activity of national parliaments in regards to the European Justice and Home Affairs Policy, especially borders control and free movement of people.


New editorial partnership with EUtopia, the online newspaper/blog that intends to “create a place for European citizens to analyse the issues most relevant to their futures and openly debate them” (http://www.eutopiamagazine.eu/fr)


Newsletter of the CEE

CEE’s Newsletter – Cities, territories and mobility, n° 3, January 2015

Europe is a continent engraved with the long history of its territories. One still reads the inheritance of Greek cities, Roman roads, regional identities more or less integrated to the construction of the nation state, or the meta-stability of the urban map since Middle Age. This territorialisation of the State, the politics, the social relations, or the economy still is remarkable in the low levels of mobility of European, especially transnational, and in the form of mobility. Europeans move very little, not too far from home and for limited periods. In addition, they come back often to their city, town or region of origin.

To know more: http://cee.sciences-po.fr/fr/publications/la-lettre-du-cee.html





News from the Institute of International Relations, Prague


We are looking for a new International Law colleague by 30 April 2015

We are looking for a Senior Research Fellow in International Law. More specifically, the IIR is seeking to appoint one full-time or two part-time research fellow(s). The position would be held within the IIR Centre for International Law, which the Institute intends to establish. The principal duty of the research fellow(s) will be to conduct international quality research in international law and publish its results in international journals and publishing houses. In case of interest, please send a short cover letter, your curriculum vitae, your list of publications and one recent academic article that you consider to be your best to kanka©iir•cz  (kanka©iir•cz)   by 30 April.


Carlos Gaspar from IPRI-UNL in ‘Público’

Mr. Carlos Gaspar published an article in the Portuguese daily newspaper Público on the 31st of January 2013.

House of Lords report on Completing Economic and Monetary Union


The UK House of Lords report on Completing Economic and Monetary Union, for which TEPSA Board Member Iain Begg served as specialist adviser, has now been published.

The report is available here.

Latvian Institute of International Affairs joined the European Global Strategy process!

Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) has become an associate institute of the European Global Strategy process (http://www.europeanglobalstrategy.eu/). The process is intended to foster discussions and offer visions on the future direction of EU’s external relations, using such methods as a series of workshops and conferences, and an ongoing online debate. The process is led by a think tank from each of the initiating countries – namely, Sweden, Spain, Poland and Italy – and unites high-level associated partners from all around Europe. LIIA will contribute to the debate with the opinions of its fellows and associate fellows.


John Pinder : Like a Pilgrim

John Pinder OBE was that rare thing: an intellectual leader in politics. A résumé of his career speaks for itself: after maths and economics at Cambridge – at King’s College, that of Alan Turing and Maynard Keynes – he joined up to the Royal Artillery in 1943 and evermore kept that style of a military officer, smart, upright, patriotic and moustachioed. Like a lot of his generation, the experience of war against fascism settled his trajectory. His first civilian job was as press officer to Federal Union (1950-52), at that stage an influential political force not only among those who were smartly engaged in constructing post-War Europe but also with those hard-pressed in managing the gradual but decisive closure of the British Empire.[1] John’s father was a professional soldier, for a time commanding the army in the North West Frontier (Waziristan), and his family had business interests in Indian trams and railways: making India run on time gave his son a lasting affection for travel, foreign languages and punctuality.

From 1952, Pinder joined the Economist Intelligence Unit where with others he continued to develop the hard and fast case for British membership of the European Communities. From 1964 to 1985 he was Director of the leading social science think-tank in London, Political and Economic Planning (PEP) – subsequently renamed the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). The list of publications he authored or oversaw, and the quality of those he employed is impressive by any standards. A Pinder network grew of scholars, journalists, civil servants and politicians (of all parties) who were committed in the best sense to the goals of social justice, economic growth, democratic deepening and internationalism.

The Pinder network, of course, did not stop at Dover. He drew especially close to the Movimento Federalista Europeo (MFE). With Jacques Vandamme he co-founded the Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) in 1974, and kept up a busy schedule of teaching as Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges for thirty years (where so many of Europe’s political class sat at his feet). He served as President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), which he loved, from 1984-90 (the Thatcher years); and he was always as active as could be in the service of the European Movement both in the UK and internationally. Few invitations to speak or write were declined, and engagements accepted were fulfilled conscientiously.

From 1985 to 2008, John Pinder was the Chairman of the Federal Trust for Education and Research, founded by William Beveridge in 1945. Although always shy and self-effacing, John was also soldierly bold. He would never hesitate in calling on friends in high places – such as Roy Jenkins, Edward Heath, Altiero Spinelli and even Valéry Giscard d’Estaing – especially when he deemed them (all too often) to be lacking in zeal or consistency for the European cause. His own high standards led him to expect much of others.

John Pinder was a brilliant editor of others’ works, as well as a kindly but critical mentor of those younger whom he recruited to work alongside him. His lengthy bibliography very well illustrates the rich breadth of his intellect and politics: economist, politologue, environmentalist, historian, teacher, benefactor. And we are truly fortunate that after his death on 7 March at the age of 90 his writing and example are still with us – liberal, continuing and humane.

He was a very good writer, tackling complex subjects with scruple and without condescension.[2] Here he is on the Treaty of Maastricht:-

‘The question at issue is whether the powers [of the European Union] are to be exercised in common by an intergovernmental system, which is both inefficient and undemocratic, or by an effective system which respects the principles of democratic government, with the rule of law based on fundamental rights and with properly representative government under which representatives of the people – together with, in federal systems, the representatives of the states – enact the laws and control the executive. This system is based on British, more than on any other, political philosophy. It is very sad that British governments should oppose its application to the European Union where interdependence renders a new level of government necessary.’

Pinder strongly promoted the EU’s enlargement to the east as well as its democratic reinforcement. He was one of the first to advocate the holding of a European constitutional convention.

‘Such a procedure is a novelty for the British. Our constitution has developed in a different way. But the exercise of political power in common with our neighbours to deal with the problems of mutual interdependence has reached a point where a constitution will be needed to ensure that it is properly controlled; and the need will become more acute as the number and diversity of member states increases. The European constitution cannot evolve over the centuries as the British one did. Nor should it be allowed to develop much further by the methods employed to negotiate the Maastricht Treaty. The Treaty is a positive achievement. But it is confusing and obscure and it has not carried the people with it. Europeans need an effective Union with a democratic structure, which must be established in a way that can secure the consent of the citizens. … Only thus can Europeans provide for the security, prosperity and environment that they should have in the intensely interdependent Europe of the twenty-first century.’[3]

In Who’s Who, John recorded his interests as ‘music, walking, foreign languages and literature’. His holidays with Pauline walking in France and Italy never ceased to rejuvenate him. We can picture him thoughtfully trudging on, in high spirits like a pilgrim, with stubborn perseverance towards a destination becoming ever clearer and nearer.


Andrew Duff

Director of the Federal Trust, 1993-99

Member of the European Parliament, 1999-2014

President of the Union of European Federalists, 2008-13

[1] See John Pinder & Richard Mayne, Federal Union: The Pioneers, 1990.

[2] See for example John Pinder, The European Union: A Very Short Introduction, 2001.

[3] Andrew Duff, John Pinder & Roy Pryce (Eds), Maastricht and Beyond: Building the European Union, 1994, pp. 283 & 285.

Public Consultations held by the European Commission

RP LuxoDebate on the future of Home Affairs policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?

The aim of the consultation is to collect opinions with a view to contribute to the Commission Communication on the New Agenda for Home Affairs. Home Affairs policies have undergone a profound transformation during the last two decades. This has happened as a consequence of the successive changes introduced to the EU Treaties but also due to an increasing need for a more European approach. Over the years, the Union has been able to develop a common legislative framework for our policies and build up its own expertise and know-how to support operational cooperation and joint operations. The EU has also provided financial support and allowed for burden sharing between Member States. These achievements contributed to building a common European culture oriented towards a safer and more open Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens as well as third country nationals. Deadline: 21 January 2014.

Congratulations to Renaud Dehousse, new President of the EUI

Prof. Renaud Dehousse, Director of TEPSA’s French member, the Centre for European Studies of Sciences-Po Paris, has been appointed the new President of the European University Institute in Florence.

Dehousse is an EUI alumnus, having obtained his Ph.D. in Law in 1988.  He also served as head of the EUI Department of Law in the late 1990s. He is a distinguished academic, having published widely on topics including European law, constitutional law, political institutions, and European governance.

He will take up his appointment in September 2016.

News from the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

IAI deputy director, Nathalie Tocci, has been nominated Special advisor to High Representative Mogherini for the development of a new EU foreign policy strategy.

LINK: http://www.security-round-table.eu/esrt/focus/event/2015/ESF-2014.php


IAI, in partnership with the French Embassy, have promoted a Franco-Italian Strategic Forum with three scheduled meetings in April and May focused on defence, energy and Africa.

LINK: http://www.iai.it/en/ricerche/france-italy-strategic-forum


TEPSA confirmed as one of the leading think-tank networks in the world by the Global Go To Think-Tank Index


TEPSA has maintained its position as 12th best think-tank network in the world. TEPSA members feature 61 times in the Index’s rankings.

The 2016 edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think-Tank Index has been issued. This annual index ranks think-tanks in the world in a variety of categories and areas of study, based on the survey of more than 2500 university faculty and administrators, journalists, policymakers, think tankers, think-tank executives and donors, who nominate and rank think-tanks within a pool of close to 7000 institutions.

TEPSA is happy to announce that it has maintained its rank as 12th best think-tank network worldwide. Its members appear 61 times in the Index’s different rankings. Our special congratulations go to the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, the International Affairs Institute (IAI) and the El Cano Royal Institute, which together feature 48 times in the rankings!

Find the Index here: 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2015


The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European Integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states
• with regard to the institutions, policies or policy making processes of the European Union,
• from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union or
• recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.
The award is endowed with 2,000.00 EUR and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The award ceremony will take place during the THESEUS Conference in Cologne on 17th-18th March 2016.
THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association, Brussels, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas, and to foster the open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe.

Application: Deadline 01/09/2015
Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your on-going research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 01/09/2015 via e-mail to Aline Bartenstein, M.A. (aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de  (aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de)  ) and Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  ). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for the publication or Ph.D. thesis.


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