European politics


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.

Making sense of Germany’s Ukraine policy

Why did Germany approve provision of German-made tanks for Ukraine’s defence only after months of pressure and downright bashing of Chancellor Scholz and his party, both at home and abroad? This torment, explains PhD researcher Marius Ghincea, stems from a contest over elementary foreign-policy principles, combined with the rhetorical coercion that is customary practice in democracies.

Scholars, paupers, artists, fighters: Black lives in Europe since 1500

This post introduces an exhibition at the EUI in February 2023 for Black History Month. History researcher and exhibition curator Daphné Budasz argues that learning about the diversity of Black life trajectories in Europe is a way to challenge White historical imagination.

Will support for Brexit become extinct?

In light of recent polling suggesting a substantial shift in opinion on Brexit, the EUI’s Joris Frese, Juho Härkönen and Simon Hix examine the extent to which this can be explained through ‘voter replacement’ – the phenomenon of older, Brexit-supporting voters passing away and younger, anti-Brexit voters entering the electorate.

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.

A party of values: the future of Social Democracy

What do voters want? Former EUI member Konstantin Vössing and his co-author Sebastian Jobelius take a look at the decline in support for social democratic parties around the world, and suggest a new values-based strategy in light of research on voter moblisation.