Beyond reaction: The EU’s challenge in tackling antisemitism

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

‘Hate cannot be contained in one corner,’ says Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission’s first specialist coordinator on tackling antisemitism, ‘sooner or later it spreads.’ For that reason, she argues, it is the responsibility of society as a whole – not just the Jewish community – to combat antisemitism. Von Schnurbein recently joined the EUI as an EU Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she will spend the next year formulating policy proposals on how the Commission can help stem the rising tide of antisemitism in Europe.

Europe facing a ‘Sputnik moment’, says EU Commissioner Moedas

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Features

For Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the series of crises which Europe has endured over the past decade has felt like being repeatedly ‘punched in the stomach’. Speaking at the opening of the School of Transnational Governance at Villa Salviati on October 4th, he told the audience that Europe is facing a uniquely challenging moment, ‘a time when change is needed, and complacency must give way to action.’

Punish Russia – just not like this

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Anthony Gardner

On Tuesday, the United States Congress voted by 413 to three in favour of a bill which will both increase sanctions on Russia and weaken the power of the President to revoke such measures. Former US Ambassador Anthony Gardner has urged his ‘friends in Congress’ to be tough on Russia, but not at the expense of US-EU relations. ‘I think [punishing Russia] is absolutely the right objective, I just think that the tools used here were the wrong ones,’ he said. ‘We [Americans] really should be working with the EU’.

Terror and counter terror: Europe’s security dialectic

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features, Uncategorised

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.

Cultural diplomacy and foreign policy

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Anna Triandafyllidou, Robert Schuman Centre

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.

Citizens of Today: Reflections on Erasmus

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

EU emblem with mortarboard

Martine Reicherts, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Education and Culture, visited the EUI in February. She met with President Dehousse and Secretary-General Grassi, had a tour of the European University Library and visited the Historical Archives of the European Union. In an interview with The EUI Times, Reicherts reflects on the legacy of the Erasmus generation.

Manuel Marín was Vice-President of the European Commission presided over by Jacques Delors. He was responsible for Social Affairs, Education and Employment, and led negotiations for the Erasmus programme. He visited the EUI in October for a conference on Higher Education and European Integration. Quotes are taken from his address to the conference.

Empowering women in the EU and beyond

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

GlobalStat Director Gaby Umbach

GlobalStat is a public information tool which collects data through collaboration with more than eighty International institutions and entities, including the IMF, OECD, Transparency International and the World Bank. The project is based at the European University Institute and, in particular, benefits from the EUI’s Global Governance Programme’s research. It aims to create transparent and accessible information on developments in a globalised world. Political scientist Gaby Umbach is director of GlobalStat at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.