Based on an analysis of British mainstream print media coverage between 2006-2013, Dr Denny Pencheva examines how constructive engagement with EU nationals in the UK today is complicated by a history of divisive, racialised rhetoric, and persistent negative stereotyping of Eastern Europeans by the UK press, and argues for a more responsible approach to public debates on immigration, by politicians and the media. Continue reading What to do with (Eastern) Europeans after Brexit?
Professor Ronan McCrea argues that an understanding of the EU as a polity based exclusively on shared liberal democratic values obscures the tension between universalist and specific influences within the Union, and explores the limits of the shared values the EU can insist upon, while sustaining the integration project. Continue reading The Values of Europe (Mini-series): Balancing universalist and particularist influences; Navigating uniformity and flexibility
As NATO leaders gather in Madrid for today’s summit, His Excellency José Pascual Marco Martínez, Spanish Ambassador to the UK, reflects on the meaning of European values in today’s world. Continue reading The Values of Europe (Mini-series): A view from Spain
The Russian President’s Victory Day Speech and his Foreign Minister’s comments suggest of a fully-fledged antisemitic ideology is rearing its head in Russia. Brad Blitz provides analysis of Putin’s antisemitism poorly masked by Russia’s so-called “de-Nazification programme” in Ukraine. Continue reading Putin at War: Claiming De-Nazification, Reviving Antisemitism
The public event ‘Decolonising Russia’s War in Ukraine’ (26 March) gave first-hand insights into the experiences of Ukrainians and others under Russian militarism – much closer than some might imagine to those of the Global South under western imperialism. Co-organisers Vlad Vazheyevskyy, Sasha Shestakova, Anna Engelhardt and Michał Murawski report. Read on for a guide to the day’s highlights, and to learn how the war kept interrupting the proceedings. Continue reading “The Front Runs Through Us”