Is being European a white identity? Brussels needs deep reflection in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

Neema Begum, Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester and writer at UK in a Changing Europe, assesses whether the European identity is an inclusive one, in which she critically analyses the EU institutions in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Like so many … Continue reading Is being European a white identity? Brussels needs deep reflection in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

Dr Alfonso Del Percio, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, reflects on the experience of buying a used car, and theorises the intersection of language, migrant labour and inequality in times of COVID-19. An expanded version of this piece appears on Del Percio’s blog, Disruptive Inequalities. Read it here. I want to buy a car. I want my freedom back. The government … Continue reading Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Very few British people know about restrictions on freedom of movement allowed under existing EU regulations. Yet when they learn about the EU’s “three-month rule”, two-thirds (64%) say it would provide “enough control” over EU immigration. And 67% say that they would support the introduction of ID cards if it meant the authorities could enforce restrictions applied in other EU countries. Tessa Buchanan (UCL), Lee de-Wit (University … Continue reading What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Sustainability: the invisible common ground between the Italian problem and reforms in Europe

According to Marc Brightman, the problems of migration and economic stagnation, often referenced as the causes of the votes for Brexit or populist parties in Italy, should be treated together as part of a single problem of sustainability. An opportunity exists to exploit the rather consensual ground of environmental economics and ecological economics in European negotiations to agree on reforms for Italy and the other … Continue reading Sustainability: the invisible common ground between the Italian problem and reforms in Europe

On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement

In this article originally written for Discover Society, Verena K. Brändle, Charlotte Galpin, and Hans-Jörg Trenz explore pro-European mobilisation in the UK as an emotional counter-reaction to populist discourse during Brexit and its claim of a unitary representation of the sovereign ‘will of the people’. Since the referendum in June 2016, a new phenomenon of bottom-up, self-organized pro-EU mobilisation has appeared in the UK. In the … Continue reading On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement