Brexit was a “Machiavellian Moment”

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.

Islamophobia in Spain on the rise: What is the role of right-wing extremists?

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.

Rethinking ethics review from a decolonial perspective

Doctoral researchers Raghavi Viswanath (Law), Anastasia Prokhorova (SPS), and Ophelia Nicole-Berva (SPS) unpack the construction of risk in fieldwork, consent as a process, and the issue of ‘giving back’ to communities being studied, in this takeaway from a workshop they organised.

UN Security Council: Thank you, next

Is the UN Security Council a dysfunctional dinosaur? Over a prolonged period, it has failed to grapple successfully with numerous transnational challenges. Michael Sanfey, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, argues that the UNSC has had its day and needs to be replaced by something new.

Europe’s heatwaves and the search for effective adaptation

Despite evidence of climate-change related heatwaves, too few cities are adapting, with lethal effects. Policy Leader Fellow Alejandro Sáez Reale describes some of Europe’s successes and failures and calls for greater commitment by government and business leaders to use the resources and know-how that are available.

Will the European Political Community redraw the map of Europe?

The 44-state European Political Community (EPC), first convened in late 2022 to express unity and defiance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, meets again on 1 June. In this post STG Executive Director Fabrizio Tassinari explains how this embryonic organisation might acquire real value.

Coloniality and the ‘aid bubble’: Can language be a driver for change?

In a look at recent initiatives to decolonialise the aid sector, humanitarian professional and STG Policy Leader Fellow Carla Vitantonio finds that big international agencies have something to learn from local organisations taking a collaborative, open approach towards language sensitivity.

Why better research on the Western Balkans is worth it

Professor Jelena Dzankic, of the EUI’s Global Governance Programme, spells out how better data and research infrastructure can improve policymaking and empower civil society, ultimately smoothing Western Balkans countries’ path to joining the EU – a prospect recently on the agenda again.

Will independent research help the EU tackle disinformation?

The EU policy response to disinformation expands researchers’ involvement beyond data analysis to fostering accountability and public scrutiny. Lisa Ginsborg and Paula Gori, of the European Digital Media Observatory, point out key considerations for collaboration, infrastructure and capacity building, and data protection if this effort is to succeed.