Policy dialogue to focus on monetary integration


The Robert Schuman Centre and the European Parliament will conduct a roundtable on the political theory and economics behind the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, a major step towards European monetary union.  Participants will also consider whether EMU had an impact on European constitutionalisation. This event is the eighth policy dialogue held between the two institutions since the EUI signed its memorandum of understanding with the European Parliament in 2014.  All are welcome - 31 May - please register. 

EUI signs agreement with European Court of Auditors

The European University Institute and the European Court of Auditors have signed a partnership agreement to foster closer cooperation between the two institutions. The new agreement sets out a framework for cooperation in areas such as shared training, events and research. The partnership agreement will also lead to internships for staff and researchers at the European Court of Auditors, and staff exchanges between the two institutions.

Cultural diplomacy on the EU agenda

What role can culture play in international relations? How can cultural diplomacy heal the seemingly intractable divide between Europhiles and Eurosceptics? A recent policy workshop at the Robert Schuman Centre discussed these questions and others, with the participation of academics, practitioners, and policy-makers, including Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism in Italy and Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament. Ellen Halliday reflects on the workshop in EUI Times.

The pragmatic idealist

The Brexit vote on 23 June 2016 was a wake-up call for many. Not least for Oliver Garner, who at the time was transitioning from the EUI's LLM programme into the second year of its PhD programme. The referendum result in favour of leaving the EU was to shape the direction of his research. For Garner, Brexit ‘throws the question of what Europe is, into sharp relief. It’s been bubbling under the surface for years, and now it has exploded'. Read more about Garner's doctoral research in EUI Times.

Historian wins prize for best thesis in EU integration


45 years ago, in a controversial referendum, Norway voted not to join the EU.  In his dissertation thesis, EUI History graduate Haakon Andreas Ikonomou looked in-depth at the fifteen diplomats involved in the fruitless EU-Norway negotiations. His work has won a special EUI prize for the best thesis in EU integration, to be awarded at the Institute's conferring ceremony in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties. Read more about Ikonomou's PhD research in EUI Life.



Abuse of dominance in EU competition law

edited by Pier Luigi Parcu, Giorgio Monti and
Marco Botta

Granting rebates to a customer or refusing to supply a competitor are examples of ordinary commercial practices, which become 'abusive' under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU when carried out by 'dominant' firms. This volume describes emerging trends in the enforcement and interpretation of this provision at both the EU and national levels. Besides analysing the case law of the EU Courts and EU Commission that determine what conduct falls in the 'abuse' box, a number of chapters examine the active contribution of national courts and competition authorities in the ongoing process of shaping the meaning of this legal provision. 

Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe : a shared story?

edited by James Renton and Ben Gidley

This volume interrogates how the dynamic relationship between antisemitism and Islamophobia has evolved over time and space. The result is the uncovering of a previously unknown story in which European ideas about Jews and Muslims were indeed connected, but were also ripped apart. Religion, empire, nation-building, and war all played their part in the complex evolution of this relationship.

Models of secondary education and social inequality: An international comparison

edited by Hans Peter Blossfeld, Sandra Buchholz, Jan Skopek and Moris Triventi

This volume, the third from the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series, investigates how differentiation in secondary education might produce and reproduce social inequalities in educational opportunities and educational attainment. The editors bring together cross-national and country studies conducted by well-known experts in the field, and offer a novel approach to reconstructing educational careers so as to have a longitudinal perspective on the dynamics of inequality in secondary education. 

The integration of migrants and refugees: an EUI forum on migration, citizenship and demography

by Rainer Bauböck and Milena Tripkovic

What challenges does the current migration and refugee crisis pose to the traditional integration strategies employed by European countries? This volume, available in open-access, examines the medium and long-term impact of the unprecedented migrant flows coming into Europe. It focuses on four aspects of integration: citizenship and legal statuses; education; labor market integration; and cultural integration. This volume is available in open access.