Referendums: asking for trouble?

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Brexit protesters

Whether one thinks that referenda are good or bad for Europe, they have certainly challenged the assumption that national electorates favour the European project. This articles talks with four experts recently at the for a Robert Schuman Centre workshop about the challenge referendums pose to the EU.

Feature image: Allsdare Hickson on Flickr (creative commons license)

An interview with the President

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI

Professor Renaud Dehousse became President of the European University Institute on 1 September 2016. At the end of the EUI’s 40th birthday celebrations, where does the President place the EUI in the landscape of European higher education, and what plans does he have for the future?

The leaders we deserve

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Paul-Henri_Spaak

Leaders in Brussels ‘are not looking at the 46.6% of Austrians who just voted for the Freedom Party or the fact that Marine Le Pen has consistently been the only French politician polling in the double digits,’ Woods warned. ‘If you are going to lead, you need to be right in the middle of a group, to mobilise them,’ she said. Yet the shock of Brexit and the anti-establishment, anti-immigration discourse which continues to dominate political news-cycles suggests that democrats are failing to connect with their electorates.

Feature image: Paul-Henri Spaak, an early leader and one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the European Union. Source: CreativeCommons (Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F004456-0010, Karlspreis Aachen, Verleihung an Paul-Henri Spaak.jpg)

The Spectre of Populism

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Across the continent, populists, from Farage’s Brexiteers and Marine Le Pen to Italy’s left-wing Cinquestelle movement, have gained ground in strides that seemed unthinkable just one year ago. As 2016 draws to a close, the old divisions of left and right are no longer adequate to explain the dynamics of our political landscape. For although united under a single word, populists these days have a varied face. So what unites the self-identified rebels who are taking control of the mainstream?

Behind Closed Doors

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Photo: Anti-slavery International

To be invisible is to be vulnerable. At the junction of the public and the private, indistinct boundaries in domestic working environments are ripe for exploitation.
In the wake of EU Anti-trafficking Day (18 October), EUI Times interviews experts Alexandra Ricard-Guay, Neil Howard, and Anna Triandafyllidou, whose research has dealt with the intersection between trafficking and the demand for domestic workers in Europe.

Commemorating the Terrible Beauty

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Walter Paget's Birth of the Irish Republic

Exploring the potency of the Easter Rising and its significance for Irish politics today is Dieter Reinisch and Jennifer Todd. Todd is a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the EUI and a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. Reinisch is a second year researcher in the EUI’s History and Civilisation Department and a co-organiser of an upcoming international conference at the EUI on Irish History, Society & Culture: 100 Years after 1916 which brings together academics with veteran civil rights activists to discuss the Rising’s legacy.

Why a State of the Union on Women?

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Ruth Rubio Marin

Women are half of the population in the world. 94% of Europeans agree that equality between men and women is a fundamental right and, I would even say, a distinctive feature of the philosophical understanding of European citizenship. In spite of this, in many ways the objective of gender equality in Europe remains largely unachieved.

The Quiet American

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Few octogenarian women have inspired such zeal in so many younger women. But fewer still have sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career are testament to the massive social transformations experienced by women in America and Europe in the latter half of the 20th century. Read the interview here.

War and Peace: Women’s Roles in Conflict and Peacemaking

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Is the world safer for women now than one hundred years ago? From trench warfare to the advent of drones, the last century has seen enormous shifts in the nature of armed conflict. With this in mind, Jennifer Welsh is ambivalent about how much safer women are today than their foremothers. Welsh is Professor of International Relations at the European University Institute (EUI).

Women in Leadership

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Women may hold up half the sky but they hold up barely a ceiling tile when it comes to the FTSE 100’s boardrooms. Less than one in 10 executive directors at Britain’s top companies is a woman, research has revealed, and the situation is even bleaker in Germany and France. So what can be done to address this imbalance?