Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, begins by outlining the limitations of EU security and defence cooperation. He then explains that cooperation post-Brexit will be difficult, as the EU will set a high bar for UK participation in its security initiatives, and both sides have an incentive to show they can function without the other. Continue reading Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

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

Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?

Ben Tonra, Professor of International Relations at University College Dublin, outlines the success and influence of Ireland as an EU member state. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  As a former colony with a strong sense of independence, Ireland’s willingness to pool its hard-won sovereignty in the European Union has most … Continue reading Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?