The European Council must look for compromise in COVID-19 recovery proposals

Christopher Wratil, Lecturer in European Politics at UCL, analyses the proposals for the EU’s economic recovery from COVID-19, and explains what a compromise between the varying positions could look like. As European countries take steps to come out of lockdown, the European Council must now decide how to deal with the fallout from COVID-19. Between a Spanish non-paper circulated in April, the Macron-Merkel initiative of … Continue reading The European Council must look for compromise in COVID-19 recovery proposals

Small States and Institutional Change: the Lesson of Brexit

Tomáš Weiss, Head of Department of European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague, argues that institutionalisation can empower small states. He notes their dependence on institutions can also make them vulnerable to institutional change, this is exemplified through the case of Czechia in the EU. This blog is part of … Continue reading Small States and Institutional Change: the Lesson of Brexit

Deeper Integration and Constructive Engagement as Vehicles for Finnish Influence?

Dr Juha Jokela, Programme Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, outlines Finland’s status as a small state in the EU. He argues that although public support for the EU is extremely high, Finnish policymakers are concerned with the country’s influence, and are acting accordingly. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European … Continue reading Deeper Integration and Constructive Engagement as Vehicles for Finnish Influence?

Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities

Michael Keating, Professor of Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen, discusses the factors which make a small state successful, noting that such states have a stake in rules-based international regimes, but have pursued highly divergent social and economic models. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  At one time, it was … Continue reading Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities