Dr. Nicholas Wright, Lecturer in EU Politics, Department of Political Science UCL, discusses the implications arising from the Commission’s U-turn on triggering Article 16 in the vaccine supply row and highlights the lessons that can be learnt from this debacle. Continue reading The European Commission and the Article 16 Debacle
With reference to the impact of Brexit, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, investigates why a mature debate on Union and Scottish independence is not on the horizon for the UK. Continue reading England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be Done?
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. Continue reading Small States and Institutional Change: the Lesson of Brexit
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. Continue reading Deeper Integration and Constructive Engagement as Vehicles for Finnish Influence?
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. Continue reading Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities