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

Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

In this long-read, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, discusses which strategies, tactics and alliances the Scottish Government should pursue, in order to develop its European strategy and build networks and influence post-Brexit.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  The question of how much power and influence … Continue reading Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States

David Gow, Editor of Sceptical.scot, assesses the strategies which smaller EU member states use to influence EU industrial and green strategy. Focusing on success stories like Finland and Denmark, he outlines important lessons for Scotland.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  Towards the end of its six-month EU presidency, in late … Continue reading Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States