Eurosphere agenda: Ponta’s fall…”Brexit: London sets conditions …”Mapping five years of environmental policy research in European studies…

VIDEO: Romanian PM quits: Why did he go?

Romanian PM Victor Ponta says he is resigning, a day after 20,000 protesters marched over a nightclub fire that left 32 people dead.

Bucharest protesters prompt Ponta’s fall

Bucharest protesters prompt prime minister’s fall

The literature on European environmental policy has rapidly expanded over the last ten years. Between 2010 and 2015, there were over seven hundred articles about the European Union and environmental policy, compared to only two hundred and fifty articles between 2000 and 2005.[1] Ironically, given its focus, much of this literature is written outside of the major European studies journals.[2]  However, it is important to study the topics and approaches that environmental policy scholars use when publishing in European studies journals because of the key role these journals play in the field.[3] Therefore, in this post I explore environmental policy articles in two of these journals: the Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP) and the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS).[4] JEPP and JCMS were chosen because they “play an integrating function by holding the various subfields of EU studies together”.[5]

During his visit to Berlin Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has called for EU reforms to stave off a Brexit. Some commentators advise the Union to make gradual concessions to London. Others doubt such a policy would convince the British to vote yes in the referendum on staying in the EU.

Finland launches ‘national emojis’

Foreign ministry says new emojis designed with a “tongue-in-cheek approach”.

The EU decision to adopt new labeling on Israel’s settlement products is perceived as an act of discrimination which will not help the diplomatic process, writes YossiLempkowicz,.

Confronting populism anew in Europe

The re-emergence of right-wing populism constitutes a threat and dilemma not only to the more traditional conservative right, but also to parties of the left.

Viktor Orban – one of Europe’s most successful contemporary populists?


Crisis? It’s not a word that Emily Haber would use. Crisis denotes catastrophe, and that is not how they want to categorise the influx of refugees into Germany.

Austerity and the rise of poverty in Britain

Austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity, and it is having devastating consequences.

Flickr/Dr John2005, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Member states are affected in very different ways by the refugee crisis. But all of them worry about what will happen when Germany’s capacity to absorb asylum seekers reaches saturation point. The EurActiv network reports.

An EU decision on whether to require labelling on all products imported from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, east Jerusalem and Golan Heights is expected next week, media reported.

How to change a city from the bottom up: an Italian example

Cambiamo Messina dal Basso – a social movement consisting of ordinary citizens – managed to win power in one of southern Italy’s largest cities. So how do you run a large city while staying true to your social movement ethos?

Stepping up the fight for consumer rights: The view from Spain

What lessons can Europe learn from Spanish consumer politics if it wants to ensure corporate scandals on the scale of Volkswagen don’t keep recurring?

FACUA logo ‘consumers in action’. Wikicommons/public domain.As both the number of consumers and the costs involved continue to be totted up, the scale and significance of the Volkswagen emissions scandal is still sinking in. As a failure of corporate regulation, a US Congress committee recently judged it to beon the scale of Enron.

Europe sees record migrant arrivals

Almost as many migrants reached Europe by sea last month – more than 218,000 – as in the whole of 2014, the UN refugee agency says.

Winter is coming: the new crisis for refugees in Europe

From Lesbos to Lapland, refugees are bracing for a winter chill that many will never have experienced before. Some will have to endure it outside

Record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October – just in time for the advent of winter, which is already threatening to expose thousands to harsh conditions.

If the UK were to vote to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum the implications would be many and varied. Some of these implications have received coverage, others have not, warns Paul Brannen.

Roma are being evicted from their homes across the European Union in systematic forced evictions. What is needed is the political will to use EU anti-discrimination laws to sanction member states guilty of leaving Roma homeless.

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