Europe seeks to actively promote its interests abroad and to contribute to the development of global regimes in fields such as human rights, economic and financial regulation, asylum and migration, and many others. The extent to which Europe and the EU are capable of doing this within their current institutional configuration is a second field of discussion of CERiM blog.

Both developments described above are hardly new, but have been ongoing since the very first steps of the European integration process. CERiM Blog also provides contributions that look into the way in which the Europe-global link has been developing over the past decades and how ‘the global’ has shaped Europe as much as Europe has contributed to the shape of global affairs. In all these salient themes, CERiM aims to engage and link with current development and topical issues.


Recalibrating executive-legislative relations in the European Union?

On 18-19 January 2018, a workshop on “Recalibrating executive-legislative relations in the EU” was held at the UM Brussels Campus, thanks to the sponsoring of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERIM), the Universiteitsfonds Limburg (S...

read more


Challenges to EU Regulation of Vaccines for Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases

This post sketches the themes of the article “Vaccines for Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases: Towards Defining the Space of EU Public Health between Security Policy and a Transnational Market” (accessible free of charge until 10 January 2018), just pu...

read more


The emerging health-security nexus in the European Union

The emerging interaction between public health and security policies in the EU raises a number of important questions of effectiveness and legitimacy. Through a recently published special issue, we take the first step toward a new research agenda.

read more


The Surveillance Triangle: Authorities, Data subjects and Means

On 25 September 2017, an academic conference titled ‘The Surveillance Triangle: Authorities, Data subjects and Means’ was convened at the UM Campus Brussels. The conference was partly sponsored by the Centre for European Re...

read more


The future of EU trade negotiations: What has been learned from CETA and TTIP?

What lessons have been drawn by the EU from the CETA and TTIP trade negotiations? Johan Adriaensen argues that the trade package contained in Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech presented a coherent vision for how EU trade negotiations co...

read more


The European Fiscal Board’s first report and the future of the EU’s fiscal framework

Recent events suggest that the Eurozone may soon be entering a new phase of its short but already tumultuous life. As the dust of the sovereign debt crisis starts settling, and the continent slowly returns to growth, winds of change are blowing across ...

read more


The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance: should it be incorporated in EU law?

The economic and monetary crisis that has been hitting the European Union (EU) over the past decade has led the EU and its Member States to adopt several measures to safeguard the common currency. Among them is the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and...

read more


Beyond ad hoc cooperation: How the EU, UN and OSCE can better address conflict

The European Union (EU) cooperates closely with international partners in the areas of conflict prevention, crisis management and peacebuilding. As there are few places around the world where the EU operates as the only security actor, a better underst...

read more


Transparency and Secrecy in Foreign Policy

Transparency demands have increased in foreign policy, an area that traditionally was largely veiled from the public eye. Important negotiations like the TTIP have shown that the mere lack of transparency may create public distrust and strong oppositio...

read more


Second Annual CERiM Conference: Contestation of Expertise

On 20 April 2017, CERiM had the pleasure of welcoming a number of key experts and practitioners from several academic and professional backgrounds such as law, political philosophy, and political science to the Second Annual Conference, which took plac...

read more