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Scotland's academic blog on Europe, Edinburgh University and +EuropaInstitute. Imagining Europe and its futures
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Dr Dionysios Pelekis  –  Teaching Associate, School of Law, Nottingham University   Ever since early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a very trying period for all. Beyond the untold and incalculable human cost of this pandemic, its spread as well as the measures taken to combat it, have caused a serious economic downturn. In the …
By Levin Fischer, LLM in European Law, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh Winning entry for the EU Immigration and Asylum Law Prize 2020/2021   The European Commission presented the Proposal for a Regulation introducing a screening of third country nationals at the external borders and amending some related regulations (hereafter: Proposal) as part of …
Alexander Mesarovich, PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh Despite renewed focus of the European Union (EU) on the rule of law (ROL) during the accession negotiations of the Western Balkans (WB), part of the “fundamentals first” approach which is supposed to be entrenching the ROL and good governance, the past year has seen a wealth of …
Implications of the different merger regimes in the EU and the UK: so close yet so far?   Brexit is likely to have a significant impact on the M&A industry. Perhaps the most significant consequence is losing the one-stop-shop under the recast EU Merger Regulation, which simplifies merger procedures across the EU and now no …
Dr Cleo Davies – Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia  On the 29th April 2021, the Financial Services Bill received royal assent. Touted as a milestone for financial services by the UK government, John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury who guided the Bill through Parliament, declared “For the first time in decades, …
 Dionysios Pelekis                linkedin.com/...os-pelekis   In November 2020, the Commission approved an aid scheme designed to support the liquidity of the Italian banking sector. This measure authorised Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance to grant a State guarantee on the liabilities of banks based in Italy, and on loans granted discretionarily by the...
By Dr Birte Böök Post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University and content manager of the gender stream of the European Equality Law Network   When the COVID-19 crisis swept across the world in 2020, it quickly became clear that the global pandemic exacerbates existing inequalities in all areas of life. While comprehensive data is still lacking, …
Ben Paterson, European Social Policy MSc, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh   In 2019, the rate of workers at risk of in-work poverty within the twenty-seven European Union countries (and the UK) was 9.2%. The growing number of working households in poverty has facilitated a debate on an EU-wide minimum wage …
Iro Nestoros, European Social Policy MSc, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh   Introduction  The UN Secretary General António Guterres, in respect of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) emphasized that “In an interconnected world, none of us is safe until all of us are safe”. In the midst of a pandemic, against a …
Shirong Zhou,  European Social Policy MSc, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh   The pandemic has highlighted the need for an improved work-life balance policy in order to increase women’s participation in the labour market, thus guaranteeing a sustainable economic growth in the post-pandemic period within the EU. As the coronavirus pandemic …
By Janneke Gerards, Utrecht University Law School and Raphaële Xenidis, Edinburgh University Law School and iCourts, Copenhagen University   Early 2020, the European Commission recognized in the preamble of its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence that AI ‘entails a number of potential risks’ including ‘gender-based or other kinds of discrimination’. It therefore deemed...
Europeanization at a Crossroads: Accession and Informality in Serbia Alexander Mesarovich, PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh While 2020 marks a dramatic year globally in Serbia it will be, in addition to the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year that protesters stormed the Parliament (Narodna Skupština) in protest against what was …
Covid-19 and the Future of EU Citizenship: In need of a common EU crisis-mode response? Dr. Katerina Kalaitzaki Early Career Fellow in European Union Law – University of Edinburgh Law School The blog post questions the extent to which the de-centralised response to Covid-19 in relation to the right to move and reside freely is …
What Does a UK Internal Market Mean for Regulatory Divergence in the UK?   Kenneth Armstrong – Professor of European Law, University of Cambridge The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (‘UKIM Bill’) has been attracting a lot of headlines but not necessarily for the right reasons. The controversy has centred around those provisions which would …
Deanna Soloninka, PhD candidate in Politics at Edinburgh University For researchers of political and institutional change, path dependency matters. Outcomes can be traced back. Findings from a detailed analysis illustrate that “countries move along (nationally specific) well-worn paths” (Thelen 1999, 394). Studies of regional and international organizations catalogue similar pathways scaled...
Ingmar Versolmann  In this article, I analyse the impact of EU-Exit on the governance structure of the energy sector in the United Kingdom (UK). As energy policy is inherently intertwined with the European Union (EU) acquis, an important question is how and through which regulatory instruments energy and climate policy will be addressed in the …
In a forthcoming article in a Special Issue on ‘Future-Mapping the Directions of EU Law’ (Journal of International and Comparative Law December 2020), I consider the future of the European Social Model by revisiting the classic account of post-World War Two European social integration. In particular, I am interested in earlier intellectual concepts of social …
Benjamin Martill   Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent claim that NATO was ‘brain-dead’ and that Europe needed to focus on building up its own security and defence capabilities was the latest in a long line of public pronouncements on the future of European defence in recent years. …
Cleo Davies, PhD candidate in Politics at Edinburgh University. The Single Market in financial services, just like any trade regime, is governed by a set of rules and standards. After forty years of membership of the EU, the financial services trade regime inextricably links the UK and the EU. And as in many other areas, …
Anthony Salamone Since the European Parliament elections in May, attention in Brussels has focused on determining the leadership of the EU institutions for the new institutional cycle (2019-2024). On 2 July, following three days of summitry, EU leaders announced their selections for four EU top posts – the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, …
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