#shorts: What does IR have to say about the war in Ukraine? (with Prof Karen E. Smith)

#shorts is an attempt to get researchers’ perspectives on current pressing issues in EU Politics when there is short notice and little time. Read our first #shorts with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) on Russian President Putin’s war against Ukraine.   How would you use the tools of IR to explain what is going on? International Relations (the area of study) offers numerous ways to try to understand and explain the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the responses to it by outsiders. The invasion raises issues regarding sovereignty, great power […]

Future of Europe: German Council Presidency – Sovereignty, but for whom?

On July, 1st, Germany took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of 2020. What an exciting time to be in this position, the neutral observer might be tempted to assume, not mistakenly so. The coronavirus pandemic needs to be tackled in a common European effort, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) needs to be agreed on rather urgently and not to be forgotten, the UK will have officially left the European Union, with or without a deal. The German government’s program appears to be […]