European integration sixty years on


‘Progress is never linear, much less granted once and for all.’ Historian Federico Romero, co-Director of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on the History of European integration,  uses the Treaty of Rome Anniversary to reconsider how the EC/EU ‘nurtured - inadvertently, myopically, smugly - the frustrated discontent that now threatens it.’  Read his op-ed in EUI Times.

A bellwether for Europe?

What can we learn from last week's elections in the Netherlands? Political scientist Herman Lelieveldt puts the results in perspective, commenting on parallels and differences between Geert Wilder's populist PVV and other populist parties in France and Germany. Read Professor Lelieveldt's op-ed in EUI Times.

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships

The deadline to apply for Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships in the Departments of Economics and Law for the 2017/18 academic year, and in the Department of Political and Social Sciences for fellowships in calendar year 2018, is approaching soon. The fellowships are open to established academics with an international reputation interested in pursuing their research at the EUI. Deadline: 30 March 2017

FSR launches area on gas policy and regulation

The Florence School of Regulation at the Robert Schuman Centre has launched a new area on Gas Policy and Regulation. A platform for applied research, EU policy dialogue and training, the new area aims to facilitate the exchange of best practices among regulators, academics, EU institutions, industry and other key market players. Ilaria Conti is Policy Coordinator for the area, and a team of Advisors including former Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will contribute to its development.

EUI-led report on reforming graduate studies just published

EUI Dean of Graduate Studies Martin Scheinin announces the publication of ‘Reforming the Doctorate in the Social Sciences: A Report on Good Practice.’  The report responds to the changing nature of doctoral education and the need to engage in a reflection and reform process. It is based on a project that was initiated by the European University Institute (EUI) in late 2015, and is the product of a distinguished task force of eminent professors from across Europe who carried out the mandate to identify 'good practice' in doctoral education.

Scholars of European integration discuss differentiation


Deeper integration or the return of competences to member states?  In November the EUI and the College of Europe (CoE) addressed the topic  ‘Differentiation: A new pragmatism or the end of ever closer union?’ in their joint annual conference. Discussion papers and conference proceedings are now available online.



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. 

Trade in services and economic transformation

edited by Bernard Hoekman and Dirk Willem te Velde

What should be the priorities for promoting services trade and providing services preferences for developing countries? This set of essays analyses the role of services, and especially trade in services, in economic transformation. Divided into three sections, the publication examines the role of services in economic transformation and on how the donor community could support productivity and employment through services policies; it looks at the need to improve data on trade in services; and it examines ways to support developing countries through trade agreements and preferential access to markets. This report is available in open access.


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.

Infrastructure finance in Europe: insights into the history of water, transport, and telecommunications

edited by Youssef Cassis, Giuseppe De Luca and Massimo Florio

In this volume, economic historians, economists, and engineers combine evidence from the literature and untapped sources to explore the diverse historical paths explaining infrastructure finance in various European countries. Starting with a section on the general history of European infrastructure finance, the book subsequently provides in-depth examinations of the water, transport and telecommunications sectors. The authors’ insights and observations between theory and policy are informative for a broad audience of academics, policy makers and practitioners in these areas.