History researchers and members of the Decolonising Initiative, Dario Willi, Siobhán Amelia Smith, Friedrich Ammermann, Amber Burbidge, Eoghan C Hussey, and Aurora Hamm describe the initial conception of the European University Institute as a “world university” rather than a “European university” and the role of Giorgio La Pira, former mayor of Florence and main advocate of this alternative vision of the EUI.
The corruption index published annually by Transparency International has limitations that are commonly overlooked. In this post, 2021-2022 Policy Leader Fellow Anna Patricia Valerio argues that the oft-cited measure fails to capture the complexities of corruption, including the role that affluent countries and elite networks play in facilitating it.
Michael Sanfey, a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, writes that Brexit was a “Machiavellian Moment” in which Britain, confronting its “temporal finitude”, decided by a small but clear majority that the EU was not delivering stability across a range of important policy areas. Geopolitically, a Machiavellian analysis would suggest that Britain’s position post-Brexit has actually improved, given that EU is geopolitically weak and its recent moves to embrace “the language of power” are belated and likely to fail.
Inés Bolaños Somoano, from the EUI, and Sergio Gracia, from the research initiative CINVED, explore the recent increase in Islamophobia in Spain, and argue that this escalation is partly linked to the extreme right’s political efforts to legitimise anti-Muslim discourses and violence in mainstream Spanish society.