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Cyprus Peace Talks at a Stalemate: What Hope for Reconciliation?

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The substantial progress made in the Cyprus peace negotiations over the past 20 months risks falling short of success, as politics and grievances resurface, writes Fadıl Ersözer. He argues that true political leadership is required from both sides to achieve a lasting solution, and that the European Union as a framework can still be an […]

Brexit, Trump, Le Pen? How France’s Institutions Will Make It Difficult for Le Pen to Win the Election and Govern

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In the wake of populist successes in the UK and the US, Viviane Gravey examines the prospects for a Front National victory in the upcoming 2017 French presidential election. She argues that, while the institutional structure of French politics would limit the room for manoeuvre of Marine Le Pen, it is ultimately the responsibility of […]

How Best to Integrate Postgraduate Research into Academic Conferences?

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As academic coordinator of the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) conference that took place in Brussels this May, Lisanne Groen introduced Young Researchers’ Masterclasses, which saw senior scholars give feedback on papers and presentations of early career researchers, and provided them with useful networking opportunities. In future, running the masterclasses before the conference, as […]

What Next after #UACES2016?

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With the UACES 2016 conference coming to a close, Viviane Gravey and Anna Wambach offer some suggestions for postgraduate researchers on how to make the most of a conference once it has finished. They recommend maintaining the momentum, both for one’s research and network, and planning ahead for future conference opportunities. The run-up to a […]

Brexit: The End of British MEPs’ Frustrations?

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Despite the importance of the European Parliament in EU law making, MEPs have typically been marginalised in UK politics, writes Margherita de Candia. She argues this attitude on the part of national politicians may have contributed to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and that the remaining Member States should recognise the importance of […]

Exactly like the EU, Just a Little Bit Cheesier? Discursive Links between the EU and the Eurovision Song Contest

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The Eurovision Song Contest can be a useful and fun allegorical tool for explaining the dynamics of the EU, writes Anna Wambach. She argues that, although comparisons between the two can create strong cognitive associations over time, if taken too seriously such links can lead to misunderstandings about how the EU works in practice. It […]

Political Myths and How to Study Them

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Political myths are a particular kind of narrative used to shape the legitimacy of a political system, writes Jeremy F. G. Moulton. He argues that, despite the difference between the academic and common usages of ‘myth’, political myth theory can generate important insights for political authority, and that it may prove useful in understanding questions […]

Teaching European Studies: Student Forum Seminar Report

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This year’s Student Forum professional development seminar focused on teaching approaches to European Studies, write Quincy Cloet and Pawel Pustelnik. Reporting on the event, they outline the progression of the day and some of the main points from the discussions. The aim of the recent UACES Student Forum January 2016 Seminar in Edinburgh was to explore the different […]

Innovating with Digital Media: Looking Towards the Future of Academia

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Digital media are becoming an increasingly integral element of the academic environment, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues that different forms of digital engagement bring their own research and professional benefits and that, in the long run, innovating with digital media can be a strong advantage in an academic career. Advances in technology over the past […]

Engaging Beyond Your Research: Make the Most of Opportunities to Expand Your Horizons

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Research students often experience the pressure of managing various commitments, in the face of expectations and the competitive academic environment, writes Anna Wambach. She reflects on how the commitments she decided to focus on have complemented her research, allowing her to acquire additional skills and to build up contacts with other researchers in European studies. […]

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