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.


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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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“Thinking Through the Future of Memory” – Inaugural Conference of the Memory Studies Association, Amsterdam

From 3rd to the 5th of December 2016, almost 200 memory scholars as well as practitioners from many different countries came together in Amsterdam. The conference organized by CERiM Member Aline Sierp and Jenny Wüstenberg (York University, Toronto, Ca...

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Teaching European Studies in times of crisis

Brexit, the Eurozone and refugee crises, and increased criticism on globalisation have shed doubts about the future of European integration. This certainly isn’t the first time that the European Union (EU) is going through a crisis, nor is it the fir...

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‘Inside’ the European Parliament’s Closed Reading Rooms: Transparency in the EU

What do documents about negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), oversight of the EU’s Food Safety Authority or Tax-Justice have in common? In order to access these documents, (selected) Members of the European Parli...

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