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 EU has a Lot to Learn from Brexit
The victory of the leave campaign, while long predicted, nonetheless came to many as a shock. As Christina Eckes explains, the consequences of Brexit are complex and may take a decade to manifest. Two things however, as she points out, can already be c...
The EU Global Strategy: Some Initial Reflections
The EU Global Strategy contains several new priorities. It puts interests first, calls for a joined-up approach, and is more regional than global in its orientation.
Regardless of a leave or stay vote the EU has tougher questions to address than Brexit
The first challenge on the day after the UK referendum will be to arrange the EU’s and the 27 Member States’ relationship with the UK, irrespective of the outcome. A victory of the leave campaign would be impossible to ignore. As Christina Eckes ex...
Leaked Transparency and Whistleblowers
Leaks are becoming the new norm of transparency and perhaps the main source of informed public debate. The Panama mega leak and LuxLeaks expose tax heavens and show the salience of whistleblowers for triggering accountability. Yet, in Europe little or ...
The Role of the European Ombudsman in bringing greater Transparency to EU Negotiations
In light of the numerous important negotiations the EU engages in with its political and commercial partners, transparency remains an essential topic debated among scholars and also in the public sphere. Graham Smith discusses the role of the European ...
A multi-layered EU transparency and its opponents
As a participant of a workshop recently held in Brussels to discuss the topic of the law and politics of confidential EU negotiations, Gianluca Sgueo analyses the debate scholars and practitioners engaged in and discusses the challenges a “multi-laye...
The EU Enhanced Transparency in TTIP: A Successful Shift of Paradigm
When EU Heads of States and Governments unanimously gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 17 June 2013, they understood that these talks would become the leitmotiv of a ne...
NATO refugee mission in Aegean Sea makes the EU look desperate
On 11 February, NATO became involved in the European refugee crisis when it decided to send its warships to the Aegean Sea to help stop illegal human trafficking. Dr. Hylke Dijkstra argues that this is a surprising and potentially significant move in t...
Enlargement, differentiation, and inter-institutional dynamics in the history of the European Union
Amidst debates of varying speeds and directions of European integration, Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel point to the need for historical reflection. Historians, they argue, can provide a fresh contribution to the ongoing interdisciplinary discu...
Flexibility and the Integrity of the EU Constitutional Order
Up until the Treaty of Maastricht, there was a growing sense of the unity of a single integrated Community legal order. However, times have changed and the contours of EU legal order have become rather fuzzy. Bruno de Witte argues that the current comp...