Who did Twitter users blame for Brexit?

Much of the acrimonious debate on Brexit of the past few years played out on Twitter. But the sheer volume of Tweets on the subject, and the oft-cited ‘echo chamber’ phenomenon make it difficult to gauge what this conversation looked like. What kind of messages were prominent on Twitter? Which side of the Brexit debate was strongest? How did this change over time? How were … Continue reading Who did Twitter users blame for Brexit?

Data adequacy: Doubts cast on UK’s commitment to privacy protection

Adam Bowering, Policy Adviser in the European Parliament, discusses the European Parliament’s objection to the UK being granted data adequacy and what this means for the future of data transfers in the long-term. Almost two weeks ago, the European Parliament took the step of objecting to the European Commission’s decision to grant the UK data adequacy. Far from being a reactionary move against a former member state, the … Continue reading Data adequacy: Doubts cast on UK’s commitment to privacy protection

The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

The Lisbon Treaty introduced the most far-reaching reforms to EU foreign and security policy cooperation since the 1990s. In the following piece, Heidi Maurer (University of Bristol) and Nicholas Wright (UCL) explain the effects of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU’s Political and Security Committee, and how the committee is now battling to maintain its influence. This piece was originally written for the LSE’s European … Continue reading The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

“Islamo-Leftism”, Academic Freedom and Free Speech in French Universities

Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL, investigates “Islamo-Leftism” in France to see what it means for academic freedom and free speech in French universities. Speaking recently on CNews, France’s equivalent of Fox News, the higher education minister launched an unprecedented attack on the whole French academic community. Frédérique Vidal argued that French academia is “gangrened by Islamo-gauchisme” or “Islamo-leftism”. The “Islamo-leftism” tag … Continue reading “Islamo-Leftism”, Academic Freedom and Free Speech in French Universities

From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble

In this blog post, Myriam Hunter-Henin, Reader in Law and Religion and Comparative Law at UCL and EI Fellow, analyses the French anti-separatism bill in light of the legal history of laïcite in France. A new chapter on the troubled interactions between religion and Republican values has opened in France. On April 12, 2021, the French Senate, with a sound majority of 208 votes for … Continue reading From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble