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Dear Colleagues, Friends and Followers,

In a year of contestations throughout Europe with the latest 'gilets jaunes' movement in France, the continuous appeal of populist movements, the European elections and Brexit, CER is more than ever facilitating debate and providing a unique platform for the study of Europe in the heart of London. 

I am delighted to announce that a new podcast series Debating Europe has been recorded, with a first episode on post-crisis Greece featuring Stella Ladi (CER) and Professor Kevin Featherstone (LSE) and that we have also started a video series called 'Inspiring Ideas for Europe' with a first interview of freelance journalist Marie Le Conte.

The Autumn/Winter Debating Europe series has been very successful and we have many more thought provoking events coming up, including on 28 January with a play by our colleague Dr Catherine Charrett and a big event at Europe House on 11 February. Brexit continues also to be intensely commented in media by our team.

I thank you for your continuous support and wish you a relaxing winter break.

Dr Sarah Wolff
 Director, CER 

P.S.: Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be up-to-date with our work.
Inspiring Ideas for Europe Video Series - Episode 1
Marie Le Conte
In the first episode of our 'Inspiring Ideas for Europe' video series, Marie Le Conte, a freelance journalist and renowned political commentator shares her thoughts on what she argues to be an often unnoticed shortcoming of the current European integration project, and provides some ideas as to how it may be tackled.
CER Podcast Series
After eight years of austerity, Greece is finally done with programmes of economic adjustments. The Greek experience has shown that since the eruption of the Eurozone crisis in 2009, the relationship between policy advice and reform processes in Europe has become quite paradoxical. Governments are facing an increasing need for expertise because of the complexity of policy problems and of reduced resources given the prevailing austerity dogma. At the same time, citizens’ trust towards national and EU institutions and technocratic experts has declined. In this episode of the Debating Europe Series podcast Dr Stella Ladi (CER) and Professor Kevin Featherstone (LSE) share their views on the issue.
Past Event Highlights
CER Inaugural 2018 -Reforming the EU: Why and How the Union Needs to Hand Power to its Citizens
The 2018 inaugural event of our Centre, titled ‘Reforming the EU: Why and How the Union Needs to Hand Power to its Citizens’ took place on 8 October and hosted Professor Ulrike Guérot, a Berlin-based political activist, founder of the think tank Democracy Lab, and Professor of European Politics at the Danube University in Austria, as well as Ms Marie Le Conte, a freelance journalist and renowned political commentator. The event was chaired by CER Director, Dr Sarah Wolff and was followed by a Q&A session involving the audience.
Click here for more info on Professor Guérot's European Balcony Project.

CER Debating Europe Seminar Series
Our new, bi-weekly Debating Europe Seminar Series has so far hosted four successful events in the current semester: ‘International Populism: Radical Right in the European Parliament’ with Professor Duncan McDonnell (Griffith University, Australia), Sophia Gaston (Henry Jackson Society / LSE) and Dr Stijn van Kessel (CER); ‘Post-crisis Greece: Impact on Democracy and Governance After 8 Years of Economic Adjustment Programmes’ with Dr Stella Ladi (CER), Professor Kevin Featherstone (LSE); ‘Influencing the EU Beyond Brexit: How can British-based NGOs and the UK Government Continue to Shape EU Policies?’ with Dr Matthew Sowemimo (Marine Stewardship Council), Professor Tim Bale (CER); and 'Migration Policy in Europe: Selecting on Social Class? ' with Dr Saskia Bonjour (University of Amsterdam) and Professor Elspeth Guild (QMUL). The events were chaired by our Director, Dr Sarah Wolff.
Europe Matters blog
The CER blog offers analyses of significant events and pressing developments in Europe. Our latest blog posts include:
CER Experts' News
  • We are delighted to announce that Dr Sarah Wolff has been successfully awarded a UACES small event grant. We will provide more information on the planned event – which will take place at the University of London Institute in Paris in March 2019 – as soon as the programme has been finalised.
  • Accessing Asylum in Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights under EU Law is the latest monograph of CER member Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax. It is now available for purchase online.
  • Our former PhD candidate, Dr Koen Slootmaeckers has won the 2018 UACES Best Thesis Prize. In a new video, he talks about his PhD on Serbia's EU accession and LGBT politics and activism.
  • Dr Stella Ladi's latest article “Analysing Crisis Parliamentary Discourse: Who should we Blame?” (co-authored with Tsagroni, V.) has been accepted for publication by the  Journal of Common Market Studies.
  • Dr Sarah Wolff gave a presentation at the workshop 'The Future of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in Times of Populism and Political Uncertainty' at the the University of Bamberg, Germany on 14 December with the title 'Building Core State Power? Frontex as an Object and Agent of Politicization'.
Research in the Spotlight

‘EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation’ (EUPLANT)

This new Jean Monnet Network investigates the interactions between the Chinese and the European Union (EU) legal and judicial systems and promotes excellence in teaching and research on EU-China legal and judicial cooperation. EUPLANT initiators include CER members Dr Matthieu Burnay, Dr Sarah Wolff and Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas.
CER Experts in the Media
The Week in Parliament (07:57) – BBC (Professor Tim Bale)
Much fuss about an agreement without legal force – Reporter (Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax)
Women MPs work for a Commons cause – The Times (Dr Robert Saunders)
Don’t underestimate Rees-Mogg’s ‘phantom army’ of Brexit fanatics – Guardian (Professor Tim Bale)
Corbynism is a populism within Labour – but Brexit risks its internal appeal – LabourList (Professor Tim Bale)
At Brexit crunch time, May takes a bruising – The New York Times (Professor Tim Bale)
Brexit agreement (02:19:18) – BBC Radio London (Dr Stijn van Kessel)
DUP warns Theresa May over draft Brexit treaty – Financial Times (Professor Tim Bale)
May's draft agreement – Radio Canada (Dr Sarah Wolff)
Labour and the Tories are pinching each other’s plans. Does it work? – The Economist (Professor Tim Bale)
Women seeking selection to be MPs face bias, finds study – Financial Times (Professor Rainbow Murray)
Far-right Forces - Anthill 30: Extremes (12:17) – The Conversation UK (Dr Stijn van Kessel)
Conservative conference: a party surprisingly united on Brexit, just divided from the rest of the world – The Conversation (Professor Tim Bale)
Dr Stella Ladi has recently appeared on the Greek National Radio as well as on Radio Sputnik (link) to talk about Brexit, and on the Bulgarian National Radio where she discussed Varoufakis' MEP candidature (link).
Protests in France - Sky News (Dr Francoise Boucek)
With Brexit Vote Looming, Britons on Both Sides Rally in London - The New York Times (Professor Tim Bale)
New at CER
Dr Javier Sajuria is lecturer at QMUL where his research focuses on comparative political behaviour, particularly on the interaction between voters and elites, internal party politics, social media and political action, and quantitative methods.
Mr Antonio Astolfi has recently started an internship with us. He has an MA in public policy (QMUL) and in political science (Urbino), and previously gained work experience with the Italian National Confederation of SMEs in Brussels.
CER Journal Highlights
The latest issue (23:4) includes articles on Palestinian state-building, elections in Egypt, ethnographic-biograpical responses to interventions, and the political economy of the Portuguese immigration policy
The latest issue (34:4) focuses on the opposition in Russia, the conflict in Crimea, coalitions in Central and Eastern Europe, the constitutional court in Bulgaria, Euroscepticism, and the online supporter base of parties
Get involved!

We welcome applications from graduate students and post-doctoral candidates who wish to study and research various aspects of European politics and policy (find more info in the box below).

We are also delighted to receive applications from external junior and senior scholars who wish to become visiting fellows at CER. 

In addition, applications from non-academic professionals engaged in aspects of European politics and policy who wish to spend time in a scholarly environment are also warmly welcome. 

For any applications or enquiry please contact our Director, Dr. Sarah Wolff

Interested in doing a PhD or a post-doc fellowship with us?
The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) encourages applications for PhD projects in European Politics and Policy.
The CER, based in the School of Politics and Inernational Relations, can offer expertise and supervision to students interested in Comparative European politics, British politics, EU internal and external policies with a special focus on relations between Europe and the Mediterranean as well as the Western Balkans, EU migration policies, EU Justice and Home Affairs, EU environmental policies, EU economic and social policies, EU-Islam relations, Euroscepticism and populism.
If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, you can contact our Director, Dr Sarah Wolff ( or any other relevant member of CER’s staff. Please make sure to attach your CV and a draft research proposal to your email.

Open Studentship Competition:  We accept proposals directly from prospective students, for either a 1+3 award (1 year Masters + 3 year PhD) or +3 award (PhD only).  You can find detailed information about eligibility criteria and the application process on the following two webpages:
The application deadline is 31 January 2019, 17:00 GMT for studentships to start 1 October 2019.
Collaborative (CASE) Studentship Competition: this competition initially seeks proposals from academics based in one of our three partner institutions for 1+3 or +3 format studentship research projects which involve significant collaboration with a non-HEI partner, in the public, private or third sectors.
Full details about submitting a proposal (as an academic) are available here:  The deadline for proposals for studentships to start 1 October 2019 is 12 November 2018, 23:59 GMT.  To see details of currently-funded CASE studentships, please see this webpage:

Postdoctoral fellowships
The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) is offering seven ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to commence from 1st October 2019. The fellowships are available for one year full-time or two years part-time to be held at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London.
The call specification, a frequently asked questions document and application form will be available on the LISS DTP website: The deadline for applications is at 16.00 on 22nd March 2019.

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