CERiM

“If not Europe, who else?” On Thursday, 25 February, CERiM had the pleasure of welcoming former EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, as the first guest lecturer of this year’s Jean Monnet Lecture series. The former Commissioner delivered a captivating and highly informative speech on the European Union’s role in the adoption of the… » read more

Posted by J.Adriaensen

Amidst debates of varying speeds and directions of European integration, Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel point to the need for historical reflection. Historians, they argue, can provide a fresh contribution to the ongoing interdisciplinary discussions on the future direction of the European integration process. Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel Contemporary debates… » read more

Posted by J.Adriaensen

Up until the Treaty of Maastricht, there was a growing sense of the unity of a single integrated Community legal order. However, times have changed and the contours of EU legal order have become rather fuzzy. Bruno de Witte argues that the current complex regime of differentiation is likely to stay, and analyses the reasons… » read more

Posted by J.Adriaensen

The EU’s Foreign and Security Policy requires an update in a changing global context. Julian Fricke lays down the key challenges to which the new EU Global Strategy needs to respond and derives three objectives innate to the EU’s foreign policy. As the strategy is still under development, he also extends an invitation to the… » read more

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The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) review released in mid-November 2015 has defined a new overarching goal for the EU – ‘stabilising the neighbourhood’. Does this shift in objectives signal a new era for the EU’s relations with its neighbours? Will the ‘new’ ENP become more political, more strategic and more impactful after its failure to… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

By Hylke Dijkstra The French President François Hollande surprised many observers by invoking, for the first time in the history of the EU, the so-called ‘mutual defence clause’. This obscure Article 42.7 obliges all member states to provide aid and assistance to other member states in the case of an armed attack. Last Monday, the… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

In the recent ‘Troonrede’ the Dutch King said that the government will have as a point of departure for its presidency in 2016 of the Council of Ministers, a Europe which functions better and aims at essentials. Furthermore it will work towards an innovative Europe with a well-functioning internal market and with open trade relations… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

On September 9th 2015 the President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, addressed for the first time the European Parliament in his State of the Union. The message is one of consensus and unity and for trying to reach joint European solutions for the big problems of our time. But the focus should also be on… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

The debate on secrecy about TTIP negotiations is focused on the European Commission not disclosing sufficient information on the positions it defends at the negotiation table. Despite several efforts to improve transparency, such concerns remain prevalent. We argue, however, that the largest obstacle secrecy poses for the success of the TTIP negotiations may not be… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi