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Vertical Interplay between the European Commission and Member States in EU Trade Policy

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by Taro Nishikawa This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2021 (17-18 June, online)   After the European Community (EC) launched the Common Commercial Policy (CCP) in 1970, the question of who influences EC/EU positions in international trade negotiations became an important scholarly research topic. On the one hand, greater control […]

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The study of ideas in EU-China disputes in the WTO

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by Salvatore FP Barillà This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2021 (17-18 June, online)   In the context of trade policy, economic capacity and market size are often considered central analytical factors. It is assumed that the larger the market size of a state, the more likely it will […]

EU-China Strategic Partnership is at a Low but is it at its Lowest or is the Downward Spiral Only Beginning?

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by Preksha Shree Chhetri This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2021 (17-18 June, online)   On 20 May 2021, the European Parliament voted to freeze the ratification of the much-hyped EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) (Reuters, 2021). The bilateral deal had been agreed in principle between the EU […]

Mission Impossible? Challenges to the implementation of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement

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by Bruno Luciano and Cairo Junqueira This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2021 (17-18 June, online)   The European Union (EU) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) reached an ‘agreement in principle’ in June 2019 for an Interregional Association, after more than thirty years of negotiations. Although a political […]

What can ECB credit lines to central banks tell us about European Integration?

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by Lukas Spielberger This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2021 (17-18 June, online)   The European Central Bank (ECB) is a strange creature. Since the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, it has been a supranational EU institution that is jointly owned by all member states. But when it comes to […]

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An Ever Growing Apart Union? On the Separating Impacts of Differentiated Integration

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The process of differentiated integration explicitly separates insiders and outsiders into different institutions. Within the Eurozone crisis, the institutional separation between ‘euro-ins’ and ‘euro-outs’ reached a new high. Alexander Schilin takes a social constructivist approach to reexamine the relationship between differentiated integration and interpersonal separation within the EU.

Immigrants and Entrepreneurial Opportunity Identification: The Future of Migrant Europe?

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Nur Suhaili Binti Ramli discusses the future of migrant Europe by arguing that immigrant entrepreneurship is vital for the socio-economic future of European countries.

Critique as an Opportunity for Legitimation: The Case of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

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Criticisms directed at the European Union (EU) and its institutions over the past decade have often been interpreted as a sign of fundamental weakness. However, using the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as an example, Claire Godet argues that contestation should not be seen as a sign of failure, but rather as an opportunity for justification.

Beyond the Brussels Bubble? National Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the European Union

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The Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) recently published a special issue on the role of civil society in European Union policymaking and democratisation. Editors Rosa Sanchez Salgado and Andrey Demidov explain how it constitutes an original account of what is happening in the member states, beyond the world of well-established organisations in Brussels. This special […]

The EU as a Normative Power: the Issue of Eurocentric Approaches to EU Action Analysis

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When viewed as a normative power, is the European Union (EU) an exceptional actor? Aiste Pagirenaite dissects the Economic Partnership Agreements negotiated between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, and argues that the EU’s norm promotion tools also serve its strategic interests. Two of the most prominent accounts explaining the […]

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