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The way we live now: meet the scholars who are changing the face of history

The way we live now: meet the scholars who are changing the face of history

Oral history is broadly defined as ‘a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events’. Yet, in this definition, the past can be remarkably recent. Oral history is part of a radical democratisation of the vocation of studying the past.

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Terror and counter terror: Europe’s security dialectic

Terror and counter terror: Europe’s security dialectic

The landscape of terror and counter-terrorism in Europe is changing fast. There is innovation on both sides, with extremist and security measures evolving in turn. But a recent spate of attacks suggests that security services are struggling to keep up with the quantity of information on threats in a digital age. At a recent conference at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, security experts reflected on the challenges of twenty-first-century counter-terrorism.

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Trump and the Paris Agreement

Trump and the Paris Agreement

On June 1st, Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris Agreement (PA). Some commentators have indicated that the damage that Trump can inflict to climate change mitigation is limited. Yet, Xavier Labandeira, Director of FSR Climate, is not so optimistic. FSR Climate has been analysing and reflecting on EU climate policies for almost ten years. Their insights may offer some guidance for international climate policies within a Trumpian context.

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Continuity and Change: Marise Cremona Bids Farewell to the EUI

Continuity and Change: Marise Cremona Bids Farewell to the EUI

Over many years of change in Europe and the EUI, Professor Cremona has been one of the constants which have shaped and guided the character of this Institute. Amongst her many guises at the EUI, she cherishes her role of helping young academics through their doctoral research the most. Yet, after ten years of post-graduate teaching in London, Cremona revealed that she was taken aback by the enthusiasm EUI researchers have for their own projects. ‘This is one of the great pleasures of the place – having groups of researchers who are so engaged in their work and who have a real intellectual curiosity,’ she said.

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Ways to Wilders: Who votes for the PVV?

Ways to Wilders: Who votes for the PVV?

From café owners to truck drivers, conductors and conspiracy theorists ‘who are so completely off the map they can hardly be classified,’ Koen Damhuis shows that PVV voters are not all the same. Yet, according to Damhuis, these varied PVV voters have found different rationales and reasons to cast a ballot for Wilders which all ultimately fit within the same overarching narrative of ‘the Netherlands first’.

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Willing To Pay? Why People Don’t Pay Tax

Willing To Pay? Why People Don’t Pay Tax

‘There is a perception that southern Europeans are less tax compliant than northern Europeans,’ John D’Attoma told EUI Times. Yet the experiment revealed that ‘in fact, Italians are just as compliant as Swedes if you give them the same scenarios,’ he said.

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Hold Your Tongue: English is here to stay

Hold Your Tongue: English is here to stay

EU leaders should celebrate rather than scorn the fact that many Europeans have the skills and desire to communicate with each other.

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Cultural diplomacy and foreign policy

Cultural diplomacy and foreign policy

Cultural relations are on the agenda of EU institutions. Robert Schuman Centre Professor Anna Triandafyllidou and Tamás Szűcs, a Principal Adviser in DG Education and Culture who is currently on sabbatical at the EUI, organised a high-level policy workshop to debate the issue. In this article, Ellen Halliday puts some discussions from the workshop in context.

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The pragmatic idealist

The pragmatic idealist

Oliver Garner is a second-year PhD Researcher in the Department of Law, where he also received the LLM in 2016.  Previously, he studied at the University of Oxford. His areas of interest are European Union law, constitutional law, human rights law, and legal and political theory. He has been published on the European Law Blog, Verfassungsblog, and the EUI’s own Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group blog. He has also had a journal length piece published as an EUI Law Department Working Paper and was a speaker at The State of the Union 2017.

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Beyond black and white: law and the Eurocrisis

Beyond black and white: law and the Eurocrisis

Marijn van der Sluis is a PhD candidate from the Department of Law. He has recently submitted his thesis on ‘The Role of Law in European Monetary Integration’, which he will defend in June 2017. Van der Sluis is currently a Lecturer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In a conversation with EUI Times, he reflects on the complex relationship between law, politics, and the Euro.

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