Upcoming Events

13 Dec 2019 - 12:00
In this talk, we reflect on the sociopolitical developments that accompanied or led to (a) the decision to hold a referendum about exiting the European Union in the first place; (b) the somewhat surprising outcome of that referendum; and (c) the various attempts to interpret the referendum result and to act or not act upon it. We look at this phenomenon of Brexit from three angles: (a) as an accident - a series of unintended consequences; (b) as a uniquely British (or, more narrowly, English) phenomenon; and (c) as indicative of a broader political malaise or impasse, one which is by no means limited to the UK but which does manifest itself in a uniquely British fashion. We argue for the significance of this third angle.
13 Dec 2019 - 17:00
Immigration governance has become so polarized these days that the EU and the European nation-states have difficulties agreeing on the way forward. Let’s try to imagine what would happen if they would decide to transfer considerable policy-making autonomy for migration to cities. Cities organize in international networks like the Mayors Migration Council, as they did on the occasion of the intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Migration Compact, in December 2018. Can cities rescue states and the EU from their failure in dealing with migration and diversity issues? Would migration governance be more progressive if it would be initiated by cities? More pragmatic? More efficient? And how to deal with policy divergence? This panel debate with academics and mayors digs deeper into this provocative thought-experiment on one of the most salient policy issues of today. 
27 May 2020 - 08:00
The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (#EUIA20) conference invites paper abstracts and panel proposals. It will be the seventh edition of the EUIA conference, focusing on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’.