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European elections- the threat of populism

Center for European Research experts at Queen Mary University of London comment on the surge of populism in the upcoming European elections (Skynews study) A Sky News analysis on the European elections, found that populist parties could win around a third of the seats in the next European Parliament if elections were held this week.  Stijn van Kessel. Lecturer at SPIR, said that this results was partly due to the … Continue reading European elections- the threat of populism

Another big Brexit week begins. What’s expected? And why are the European Parliament elections so important?

Interview in Al-Jazeera English, Published 18th March 2019 by Ylenia Gostoli Quoted: ‘Sarah Wolff, a lecturer and director of the Centre for European Research at Queen Mary, University of London, argued that without further guarantees on a way forward, the EU has little to gain in granting a long extension or watching the UK take part in the European Parliament elections. “The EU has no … Continue reading Another big Brexit week begins. What’s expected? And why are the European Parliament elections so important?

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Brexit, le moment de vérité- Radio Canada

This morning I spoke to Radio Canada, in Première Heure about yesterday’s May’s draft agreement. It’s in French but for here is a short summary in English: I commented upon why this agreement is a turning point for Theresa May who is facing strong obstacles in the government but also if the agreement goes to Parliament. The project of an EU-UK customs union is certainly a great … Continue reading Brexit, le moment de vérité- Radio Canada

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Reassessing the role of religion and secularism in US and European foreign policies – Free e-print

Dear Colleagues, Today my review on the role of religion and secularism in US and European foreign polices came out on Global Affairs. It reviews three books: Beyond Religious Freedom. The New Global Politics of Religion. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2015 ISBN: 9780691166094 Securing the Sacred. Religion, National Security and the Western State. Robert M. Bosco, University of Michigan 2014, ISBN: 978-0-472-11922-6 Secular Wars. Myths of … Continue reading Reassessing the role of religion and secularism in US and European foreign policies – Free e-print

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Help SOS Méditerranée!!!!

Dear followers, colleagues and friends, This time I use this blog to encourage you to make donations to SOS Méditerranée, a European organization that saves migrants in the Mediterranean. It is a citizen initiative and needs your solidarity to continue their work. Their vessel the Aquarius is saving lives and as citizens it’s very easy to help them. Already more than 1000 migrants have died … Continue reading Help SOS Méditerranée!!!!

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Immigration, a consensual issue in the French presidential campaign?

Since the end of the 1970s, when labour migration was halted, immigration has been the hot potato of French politics. Ever since its electoral breakthrough in 1982, the Front National has capitalized on the anxieties of the French society towards globalization, the economic and financial crisis as well as the disappointment with the current European project, seen by many as a big liberal market where … Continue reading Immigration, a consensual issue in the French presidential campaign?

Brexit: this is the beginning of the end- Radio Canada

Dr Sarah Wolff, Director of the Center for European Research talked to Radio Canada on 15 January explaining that the vote in Parliament was the beginning of the end of Brexit. In her view the most possible scenario is that Theresa May requests more time to the EU to find a domestic solution. She explained that the options left were becoming increasingly limited but that from the perspective … Continue reading Brexit: this is the beginning of the end- Radio Canada