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Brexit Will Haunt this UK Election Campaign

Dr. Ian Cooper (DCU Brexit Institute) After a day of feverish speculation, it is confirmed that the UK electorate will be going to the polls on July 4.  Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had previously indicated that the election would not happen until the “second half” of 2024, feeding the expectation that it would happen in…
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NGEU: half-way through the RRF 

Dr. Christy Ann Petit (Dublin City University) NextGenerationEU (NGEU) and its attached legal and policy frameworks represent a groundbreaking and unprecedented move towards further EU economic and fiscal integration. Not only has it helped raise EU funding via common borrowing to face the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also…
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Event Report: EU Strategic Autonomy Two Years After the War in Ukraine

Elettra Bargellini (Dublin City University) On 14 May 2024, the DCU’s Brexit Institute organised an online event entitled ‘EU Strategic Autonomy Two Years After the War in Ukraine’. Prof. Daire Keogh (President of Dublin City University) opened the event. He highlighted that the ongoing war in Ukraine has profoundly impacted the EU and the lives…
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The Uncertain State of the Rule of Law in the EU

Beatrice Monciunskaite (Dublin City University) In the year that Freedom House reported the 18th consecutive year of democratic decline globally, the rule of law crisis in the European Union entered a new phase. While Poland has begun to rebuild its liberal democratic status after eight years of PiS autocracy, Hungary continues to intimidate EU institutions…
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The external dimension of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum: The discreet presence of an ‘Elephant in the Room’

Dr. Janine Silga (Dublin City University) The political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council reached in December last year on five major instruments of the Pact on Migration and Asylum has been described as ‘historic’. Considering the protracted negotiations of the reform to the Common European Asylum System and especially the so-called ‘Dublin…
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Reviewing ‘Open Strategic Autonomy’ on the eve of the EU elections

Dr. Niall Moran (Dublin City University) The pursuit of ‘open strategic autonomy’ (OSA) has been the defining phrase of EU Commission President Von der Leyen’s tenure on trade. Of course this phrase also goes beyond trade, impacting other themes such as geopolitics, the economy, the environment, and values. We are now in our fifth year of…
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In Ukraine, the future of Europe and Ireland is at stake

Dr. Kenneth McDonagh (Dublin City University) As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rumbles into its third year, there are a number of worrying gaps emerging in the European response. Military aid, while still flowing, remains below the level required to ensure victory and, recently, even the stalemate has become precarious. Although the recent US approval of…
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The Protocol/Windsor Framework: Getting Stormont Heard

David Phinnemore* (Queen’s University Belfast) The return of Stormont means that members of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLAs) can now get their voice heard directly on the operation of the Windsor Framework.  A key moment will come in November/December when MLAs will hold a ‘Democratic Consent’ vote on whether core provisions of the Protocol/Windsor Framework governing…
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26 Good Fridays Later, Power-Sharing Institutions are Up and Running

Feargal Cochrane* (University of Kent) Enoch Powell, the former Ulster Unionist Party MP for South Down, once famously remarked that ‘all political careers end in failure’. In view of recent events within the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), he could have added, that some also end in disgrace and humiliation, as his former protégé…
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Lessons From the Irish and French Constitutional Revision Debates:  Beware of Appearances

Camille Barbe (Université de Bordeaux) In the history of feminist constitutional discourse, March 8, 2024, will go down as a date to remember. While annually, this day celebrates international women’s day, this year it also marked the simultaneous unfolding of constitutional amendment procedures in two European countries, Ireland and France. While both tackled feminist issues,…
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How the EU could support Ukraine – by using Russian state funds

Dr. Jonas J. Driedger (Goethe University Frankfurt) European Commission officials are currently preparing a proposal to support Ukraine through future profits from Russian state funds that are frozen on EU accounts. Despite some legal and political concerns, the officials seem confident and EU leaders will discuss the proposal at the European Council to be held…
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Capital Markets Union reboot: For a competitive Europe and to finance the transitions?

Christy Ann Petit (DCU) ‘Open, well-functioning, and integrated European capital markets are crucial to promote the single market and to attract the necessary investments, and thereby to boost the EU’s global competitiveness, innovation, sustainable growth, and job creation.’ This is how the last Eurogroup in inclusive format statement starts. Considering the financing needs in the…
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The Far-Right Rises in Portugal’s 2024 Parliamentary Elections: “No is No!” 

Marta Vicente (UCP Porto School of Law) The 2024 parliamentary elections, which took place on 10 March 2024, brought profound but still undetermined consequences for Portugal’s political system. Though obtaining its worst electoral result ever, the centre-right coalition (“Aliança Democrática”) managed to win the election, achieving 79 out of 226 mandates. “Chega”, the far-right party,…
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Understanding the New European Defence Industrial Strategy

Davide Genini (Dublin City University) On 5 March 2024, the European Union (EU) adopted its first European Defence Industrial Strategy (EDIS). Building on the 2022 Strategic Compass and the Versailles Declaration, the EDIS is the blueprint for the defence industry at EU level for the next decade, with 19 ambitious initiatives and 5 main pillars,…
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Liberal Europeanist Stubb Becomes the President of Finland

Maarika Kujanen and Tapio Raunio (Tampere University) On 1 March Alexander Stubb, 55, takes office as the 13th president of Finland. Stubb was the candidate of the National Coalition (conservatives) and had previously served as a member of the European Parliament (2004-2008), foreign minister (2008-2011), minister for European affairs and trade (2011-2014), prime minister (2014-2015),…
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