Welfare state futures programme wraps up at EUI

The NORFACE transnational research programme 'Welfare State Futures', under the scientific coordination of SPS Professor Ellen Immergut, will hold its final conference at the EUI on 25 and 26 May. Participants will bring together results from fifteen separate research projects ongoing across Europe since 2015. The conference programme includes 25 panels of academics, experts, and policy makers, with keynote speeches by Professors Mary Daly (Oxford) and Maurizio Ferrera (University of Milan), and a closing roundtable chaired by Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre.

European Ombudsman to visit EUI


On 24 May 2018 the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, will deliver a lecture organized as part of the TARN Lecture Series entitled ‘Transparency, Legitimacy and Citizen Engagement – Future Prospects for the European Union’ at the EUI. As the European Ombudsman, O'Reilly investigates complaints about maladministration in institutions and bodies of the EU. Her lecture will take place in the framework of the conference on ‘Information Sharing and European Agencies: Novel Frontiers’. 17:00.  Read more and register.

The State of the Union 2018

More than 1400 participants – academics, policymakers, journalists and more – came to the Badia Fiesolana and Palazzo Vecchio for the eighth annual The State of the Union Conference, to hear speakers such as Sergio Mattarella, Michael D. Higgins and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Presidents of Italy, Ireland and Portugal, respectively, Jean-Claude Juncker, Mario Draghi and Federica Mogherini discuss this year’s theme: Solidarity in Europe. Issues discussed ranged from social investment and monetary policy to climate change, energy and migration. The Open Day held at the Historical Archives of the European Union also drew more than 4000 visitors. Videos of the panels, speeches, and photos from all three days are available online.

Monitor Racism - new issue now online

The second issue of Monitor: Global Intelligence on Racism has been released.  This new online magazine and portal on racism, hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, brings the insights of world-leading academic research to public and policy debates on racism.  Read more on the Monitor website.



Electricity network regulation in the EU: the challenges ahead‎ for transmission and distribution

edited by Leonardo Meeus and Jean-Michel Glachant

The EU is entering a wave of investment, and an era of new services and innovation which has created growing tensions between national regulatory authorities in terms of coordinating technical standards and distribution systems. This volume explores these tensions as they play out against an increasingly disruptive backdrop of digitzation, new market platforms and novel business models. 

The fundamental right to data protection: normative value in the context of counter-terrorism surveillance

by Maria Tzanou

Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, data protection has been elevated to the status of a fundamental right in the European Union and is now enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights alongside the right to privacy. This book, the published version of Tzanou's thesis,  investigates the normative significance of data protection as a fundamental right in the EU.

European diplomacy in practice: interrogating power, agency and change

edited by Federica Bicchi and Niklas Bremberg

By focusing on the specific practices and analytical mechanisms that contribute to understanding transformations in European diplomacy, security and foreign policy, the authors provide essential reading for anyone interested in innovative ways to grasp the contemporary challenges facing the EU and its member states. 

Roads not taken: an intellectual biography of William C. Bullitt

by Alexander Etkind

A journalist, diplomat, and writer, William Christian Bullitt (1891–1967) negotiated with Lenin and Stalin, Churchill and de Gaulle, Chiang Kai-shek and Goering. He took part in the talks that ended World War I and those that failed to prevent World War II. Based on William Christian Bullitt’s unpublished papers and diplomatic documents from the Russian archives, this new biography presents Bullitt as one of the first politicians of the global era.