40 Years of European Parliament Direct Elections

Ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections, the EUI will host a conference celebrating 40 years of European Parliament direct elections. The conference will discuss the growing powers of the Parliament, and its role in democratising decision-making processes. It will also address the relevance of the Parliament in an age where its legitimacy is increasingly questioned. The conference will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of November in the Refectory at the Badia Fiesolana, and is open to EUI members and the public. Please register

Vice President of the European Parliament David Sassoli to speak at the EUI

While the EU is regularly blamed for all kinds of political and economic failings, its many policies and initiatives that improve the everyday lives of millions of European citizens and residents are rarely so openly recognised. David Sassoli, Vice President of the European Parliament, will address the importance of correctly communicating the EU's constructive role, as well as the responsibility of political and media actors to do so, in light of the 2019 European elections. Vice President Sassoli's talk will be in Italian; Q&A will follow. Please register.

Deirdre Curtin awarded honorary doctorate

Congratulations to Professor Deirdre Curtin, Head of the Law Department and Professor of European Law at EUI, who will be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Copenhagen this week. The University of Copenhagen honors scholars who have 'conducted extensive and significant research of high international quality'.

Brazilian Supreme Federal Court Justice Luís Roberto Barroso to visit EUI

Brazil's Supreme Federal Court Justice Luís Roberto Barroso will visit the European University Institute on 16 November. A guest of the School of Transnational Governance, Justice Barroso will participate in a public conversation with STG Policy Leader Fellow Tatiana Falcao and LUISS University Professor of Political Science Sergio Fabbrini. A question and answer session will follow. All EUI members are welcome to attend. Please register.

Modified seat agreement to include Palazzo Buontalenti


Guglielmo Picchi, Italy’s Undersecretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, came to the Institute to sign an addendum to the Seat Agreement between Italy and the EUI on Friday, 19 October. This modification to the agreement provides the Institute with the use of the historic Palazzo Buontalenti in downtown Florence. The building, following necessary renovations, will eventually house the School of Transnational Governance.



Praxis: On acting and knowing

by Friedrich Kratochwil

Praxis investigates both the existing practices of international politics and relations during and after the Cold War, and the issue of whether problems of praxis (individual and collective choices) can be subjected to a 'theoretical treatment'. In a shift from the accepted international relations standard of theorizing, the author emphasises both historicity and contingency.

Advancing knowledge on international migration: data and research needs

by Philippe Fargues

From the sheer numbers of migrants to the complex processes that set people on the move and the multiple changes they bring to both origin and destination countries, international migration suffers considerable deficits of knowledge. The current study identifies key issues and outlines priority areas to address these lacunae in the research, advocating for international consensus on definitions and methods of data collection.

International development: a postwar history

by Corinna Unger

This volume offers the first concise historical overview of international development policies and practices in the 20th century. By drawing on examples of development projects in different parts of the world and in different fields, the author shows how the plurality of development experiences shaped the notion of development as we know it today. This book is ideal for scholars seeking to understand the history of development assistance and to gain new insight into the international history of the 20th century.

International financial centres after the global financial crisis and Brexit

edited by Youssef Cassis and Dariusz Wójcik

In the last 10 years the banking world has witnessed two epochal events with potential to redraw the map of international financial centres: the 2008 financial crisis, and Brexit. But has this map actually changed, or will it in the foreseeable future? In this volume,  leading economic historians, geographers, and other social scientists focus on post-2008 developments in the key international financial centres of New York, London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo.