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.

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

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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


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)