Shada Islam, commentator on EU affairs and owner of Brussels-based New Horizons Project, dismantles the idea of inclusivity in the EU, showing how racism and exclusion of minority groups continue to persist. She argues that to drive change in Europe, a monumental effort on part of the EU is needed. Continue reading The EU needs a new story on race and inclusion
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. Continue reading Is being European a white identity? Brussels needs deep reflection in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement
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. Continue reading Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown
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 of Cambridge) and Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) discuss the findings. Continue reading What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?
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 member states. Continue reading Sustainability: the invisible common ground between the Italian problem and reforms in Europe