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The Canadian Minister of International Trade, Christya Freeland, made a classic dramatic exit from the CETA negotiations on Friday 21 October. Many international trade negotiators over the years have made such somewhat staged exits in order to bring the opposite side to its senses. However, she motivated her departure in a way that has made… » read more

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Exclusion in the European Union has many different faces. It lies at the very core of identity formation, in which the self is contrasted with ‘the other’. It also has many different consequences. Constructing individuals, groups or even nations as ‘the other’ is a means to build a supposed justification for economic and social exclusion,… » read more

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In July 2015, the European Union officially became a full member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the main international instrument to protect endangered plants and animals from unsustainable trade. The next CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) is approaching fast. It will take place… » read more

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The EU is no stranger to crises. It is often said, at least in academic circles, that a crisis can spur necessary further integration (known in Eurojargon as ‘deepening’). At the height of the Eurozone crisis, for example, Member States were willing to accept far-reaching reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) that were… » read more

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The victory of the leave campaign, while long predicted, nonetheless came to many as a shock. The consequences of Brexit are complex and may take a decade to manifest. However, two things can already be concluded. Firstly, the consequences will be much stronger felt in the UK than the EU. Secondly, it simply seems very… » read more

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Current EU-Turkish relations are all but tranquil. Controversial issues like the ‘refugee deal’, the visa waiver roadmap and the promise of revitalized accession negotiations continue to be front page news. Not surprisingly, they eclipse developments in the EU-Turkey Association, the institutionalized international regime established as long ago as 1963 that is intended to foster cooperation… » read more

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On 5 April 2016 the CJEU delivered its judgment in Joined Cases Aranyosi and Căldăraru, which brings much needed developments in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), more specifically the interplay between the principles of mutual trust and recognition, on the one hand, and the protection of fundamental rights, on the other. Advocate… » read more

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On 4 May the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rendered three important judgments in the field of tobacco control, each confirming the validity of the EU Tobacco Products Directive. This blog discusses the findings in one of these judgments, (Case C-477/14 Pillbox 38 v The Secretary of State for Health) concerning the newly introduced… » read more

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Yesterday, a challenge of conditionality did not find favour in the European Court. ‘Conditionality’ is another term for a ‘macro-economic adjustment programme’ that EU Member States have to accept when they receive financial assistance to face down financial stability threats. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Cyprus have seen far-reaching policy prescription imposed upon them by (formally:… » read more

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