Using Constructivist Theory to Analyse the Role of Euroscepticism within the Five Star Movement

By Craig Willis, M.A./M.Sc. European Studies student Introduction Euroscepticism has been on the rise across the continent, particularly after the financial crisis and its knock-on effects for the Eurozone. Italy is no exception to this and Euroscepticism has started to take many forms to become a greatly discussed topic in domestic politics. The birth and … Continue reading Using Constructivist Theory to Analyse the Role of Euroscepticism within the Five Star Movement

Cross-border Cooperation to Fight Crime – An Illustration Using the Example of Ticino and Lombardia

By Ole Krafft, M.A./M.Sc. European Studies student 1.    Introduction “Een grens is eigenlijk een wens om verder te gaan“, is a well-known saying in the Netherlands by ‘Loesje’, a popular company which is publishing Dutch sayings on posters every week (Loesje 1988). To clarify, this saying means that borders are stimulating the demand to step … Continue reading Cross-border Cooperation to Fight Crime – An Illustration Using the Example of Ticino and Lombardia

The Challenge of Left-wing Populism in Association with Anti-Semitism in Europe: A Case Study of the UK Labour Party and SYRIZA in Greece

By Callum Tindall, M.A./M.Sc. European Studies student 1. Introduction Throughout the Western world there has been a general increase in anti-globalization sentiment since the global financial crisis that began in 2007. This has continued to rise in relevance, culminating in 2016 being the “year of revolution” (BBC 2016b) according to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage … Continue reading The Challenge of Left-wing Populism in Association with Anti-Semitism in Europe: A Case Study of the UK Labour Party and SYRIZA in Greece

The European Union after BREXIT: Towards a Military or Civilian Power Role in International Relations?

By Callum Tindall, M.A./M.Sc. European Studies student 1. Introduction Almost sixty years ago, the Treaty of Rome was signed into force, attempting to lay the foundations of an “ever-closer union” among the peoples of Europe after the initial failure of the European Defence Community in 1954 (Europa 2010). However, after recent challenges to the project, … Continue reading The European Union after BREXIT: Towards a Military or Civilian Power Role in International Relations?

Living In An Unequal World: Tackling with Economic Concerns and Financial Crises

Living In An Unequal World: Tackling with Economic Concerns and Financial Crises By Dilara Shayegan&Fernando Javier Barrientos (European Studies MA students, EUF) Introduction Being called the “rockstar of economics” by many authorities should be a moral obligation, even if not everybody is not satisfied with the figures and outcomes that Thomas Piketty, the author of “Capital … Continue reading Living In An Unequal World: Tackling with Economic Concerns and Financial Crises

EU-Russia Gas Relations: Challenges and Possible Solutions.

EU-Russia Gas Relations: Challenges and Possible Solutions. By Ekaterina Ananyeva (M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies student, Philipps University Marburg)   Focus of this work is on Gazprom, the biggest gas company in Russia and main trade partner of the EU. The main question is: are EU-Gazprom gas relations politicised and by how far? Working with … Continue reading EU-Russia Gas Relations: Challenges and Possible Solutions.

EU Member-States and Sanctions against Russia

EU Member-States and Sanctions against Russia By Ivan Krupskyi (European Studies MA student, EUF) Abstract Imposing sanctions on Russia has been a hot topic in the EU. While some member-states were extremely keen to punish Moscow for breaking international law and destabilizing the region, others opposed sanctions and offered dialogue with the Kremlin as a more … Continue reading EU Member-States and Sanctions against Russia