New faculty members join the EUI


Three new full-time faculty members have joined the EUI this January.  Professor Elias Dinas holds the Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance, and is joint chair in the SPS department and at theRobert Schuman Centre; Professor Jürgen Kurtz has been appointed joint chair and Professor of International Economic Law in the Law Department and at the Schuman Centre; and Professor Martin Ruhs is Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the Schuman Centre. Read more about their research areas in EUI Life. 

Contested memory, nationalism and xenophobia

The creation of the Museum of the Second World War, which opened in Gdansk in 2017, gave rise to a very public battle in Poland in the realm of historical memory and the politics of history.  Contemporary historian Pawel Machcewicz, who was founding director of the Museum, will be at the EUI on 18 January to relate how the controversy surrounding the museum epitomises more general trends in debates on how history is told. All are welcome.

The power of social media

In light of the impact social media has demonstrated on elections, discussions about social media's influence have become inextricably linked with the danger that it poses to democracy. Solutions are not easy, however, as regulation of controversial content might lead to censorship or limits on self-expression. Henry Goodwin discusses the issue with the Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom Pier Luigi Parcu. Read more in EUI Times.

Save the date: The State of the Union 2018


The eighth edition of the EUI's annual The State of the Union conference will take place on 10-11 May 2018 at the Badia and in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. The focus of the conference, 'solidarity in Europe', will bring together experts to discuss issues such as European economic, monetary and fiscal policies, social investment, defence and security, migration, climate change, and energy. In recent years, speakers have included Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier. The conference will be followed by an Open Day at the Historical Archives of the European Union on 12 May.



Democratic inclusion

edited by Rainer Bauböck

Who has a claim to inclusion in a democratic political community? This volume addresses the theoretical and practical issues of access to citizenship for immigrants and non-resident citizens, with contributions and debate by leading academics in the field.

Between flexibility and disintegration: the trajectory of differentiation in EU law

edited by Bruno DeWitte, Andrea Ott and Ellen Vos
Has differentiation and flexibility in the application of EU policy damaged the European project, or promoted integration? This volume examines the present and future of differentiation in EU Law, especially in the areas of Economic and Monetary Union, the internal market, justice and home affairs, and foreign policy.

Political theory and the European Union

edited by Richard Bellamy and Joseph Lacey

The process of European integration has presented intriguing challenges to the core categories with which political theory operates. This volume brings together some of the most important scholarly contributions over the last decades that have sought to contribute towards developing a political theory of the EU as an idiosyncratic political organisation.

Secession from a member state and withdrawal from the European Union: troubled membership

edited by Carlos Closa

This timely volume scrutinises two existential issues for the EU: withdrawal of a member state (i.e. Brexit), and territorial secession (i.e. movements in Catalonia, Scotland and elsewhere). Legal and political science scholars combine specific legal analysis and consider the political dynamics behind the processes. The implications of withdrawal and secession on EU citizenship are discussed in depth and there is an overview of the evolving nature of the relationship between the regions and the EU. Finally, there is an engaging normative discussion on the deeper meaning of these two processes with respect to the objective of European integration.