The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

The Lisbon Treaty introduced the most far-reaching reforms to EU foreign and security policy cooperation since the 1990s. In the following piece, Heidi Maurer (University of Bristol) and Nicholas Wright (UCL) explain the effects of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU’s Political and Security Committee, and how the committee is now battling to maintain its influence. This piece was originally written for the LSE’s European … Continue reading The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

Brexit and the EU: Germany moves on

In Berlin, Brexit is not at the top of the agenda. EU challenges will loom large in the upcoming German elections. But Germany’s main concerns on Europe range from Russia’s behaviour to the impact of Trump, France’s presidential election, and unity, or not, amongst the EU27. Kirsty Hughes, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and a member of the UCL European Institute Advisory Board, discusses … Continue reading Brexit and the EU: Germany moves on

Times of Crisis, Times of Prospects: Can the EU Learn from the 1970s?

Mechthild Herzog, University of Luxembourg, draws comparisons between the socioeconomic situation the EU faced in the 1970s with that of today. Both periods followed extreme economic crises and were defined by rapid technological transformation. Looking to the past as a guide, Herzog argues that there is a potential for today’s socioeconomic crisis to actually lead to the strengthening of social and employment rights for EU … Continue reading Times of Crisis, Times of Prospects: Can the EU Learn from the 1970s?