Gender equality and EU politics: Hold the money!

Making EU funding available on the condition that the recipient monitors the money’s impact on men and women has become the new normal. STG Research Fellow Costanza Hermanin and Project Associate Carlotta Osti propose some further actions the EU could take to give even more clout to gender equality measures.

Legacies of empire: Through the voice of war veteran Isaías

Nearly fifty years after the Portuguese Colonial War, Africans who were conscripted by the Portuguese and disabled in battle still struggle to claim veterans’ benefits. History researcher Carlos Martins has interviewed former soldiers to understand this painful legacy.

Early activists in the fight for restitution of African art

In this post, history researcher Dario Willi takes us back to a catalytic moment in the art restitution movement, when the Ghanaian filmmaker Nii Kwate Owoo publicised the innumerable artworks and artefacts languishing in the British Museum, after their removal from source communities in a context of colonial domination.

The end of self-delusion? Challenging slavery’s heritage in Spain and Catalonia

Catalonia’s merchants and towns profited hugely from the transatlantic slave trade after it was banned in the nineteenth century, as history researcher Adrià Enríquez Àlvaro documents. The good news is the recent movements to critique and reverse official amnesia, regarding public history and monuments.

The young generation needs an idea of Europe

In this post, law researcher Marc Steiert argues that the EU needs to go beyond study exchanges and the Erasmus programme, if young people are to shape their future as a European one.

On the commemoration in Germany of Anton Wilhelm Amo

Examining the modern commemoration of an eighteenth-century African-German scholar, history researcher Anna Orinsky warns against allowing a symbolic ‘Black biography’ to eclipse a real life and work.

Being Black in Europe

In this editorial and introduction to the 2022 Black History Month blog series, history researcher Daphné Budasz explains why it is important to make Black lives and scholarship more visible at the EUI.

Does COVID-19 herald a boon for golden passport schemes in Europe?

The granting of residency or citizenship in exchange for investment is an established – and legal – practice in many states, but it sits uneasily with ‘European values’ as usually promoted. Policy Leader Fellow Anna Patricia Valerio looks into how these schemes are evolving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memory of violence and conflict in Cabrera, Colombia

Five years after the historic peace treaty in Colombia, in some places conflicts continue to simmer and a longing for change persists. PhD Researchers Wolfgang Minatti and Laura Ramírez report from their fieldwork in one region.