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Welcome to the first newsletter of the Centre for European Research in 2018!
Welcome to the second edition of the CER newsletter! We have some exciting activities and developments to report on. We hope to spark your interest even further in CER’s work, and have the pleasure to welcome you at our events, or see you get involved in our activities even more in 2018!
While 2017 has been turbulent for both Europe and the world at large, we are quickly entering yet another eventful year that will see the inauguration of new governments in several European countries (including Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, Latvia and the Czech Republic), crucial decisions concerning the EU’s future, including on the Brexit process as well as trends in security, populism, or migration. As the platform for engagement on Europe in one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, CER will continue to provide you with focused seminars, conferences and research findings to stimulate discussions and knowledge exchange.

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Dr Sarah Wolff

CER Research Seminar Series

The Transformation of European Treaty Making
20 February 2018
Bringing Relationally Back in: Rethinking the EU Enlargement Process

06 March 2018

Researching EU-Israeli security cooperation: the performativity of objects
20 March 2018


The full programme is available here.
CER Experts News
Europe Matters blog
CER's new blog is up and running. It offers analyses of significant events and pressing developments in Europe. Blog posts published so far include:
CER Experts in the Media
Theresa May's 'Profoundly Weak, Surprisingly Stable' Leadership – The Atlantic (Professor Rainbow Murray)
Westminster harassment: this is not just about sex, it’s about power – The Conversation (Professor Rainbow Murray)
Is It Too Late for Boris Johnson to Say Sorry? – The Atlantic (Professor Rainbow Murray)
Trump Has Raised an Ultra-Nationalist British Group Out of Obscurity’ – The Atlantic (Professor Rainbow Murray)
Merit vs Equality? The argument that gender quotas violate meritocracy is based on fallacies  – LSE Blog (Professor Rainbow Murray)
The European Pillar of Social Rights: A step-change for the EU? – Policy Network (Dr Paul Copeland)
Is the Franco-German Engine Floundering? – Carnegie Europe (Dr Sarah Wolff)
My Secret Plan to Turn Students Against Brexit – Politico (Professor Tim Bale)
Les Giboulées de May – Les Echos (Professor Tim Bale)
On Brexit, Labour is about to take a big gulp from a poisoned chalice – New Statesman (Professor Tim Bale)
Hard Brexit looks inevitable unless there is a large shift in public opinion to stay’ – The Times (Professor Tim Bale)
Daily Politics – BBC (Professor Tim Bale)
Promises, Crossed Fingers & The Future – The Times Red Box (Professor Tim Bale)
Boris Johnson: Krawall mit Kalkül Professor Tim Bale – Der Spiegel (Professor Tim Bale)
Normal people don’t join political parties – City A.M. (Professor Tim Bale)
New Party Chairman Brandon Lewis Will Struggle to Revive the Shrivelled Tory Grassroots – The Telegraph (Professor Tim Bale)
The Tories need a broader membership if they are to survive – The Economist (Professor Tim Bale)

Europe's Populists are Waltzing into the Mainstream – The Economist (Professor Tim Bale)
Research in the Spotlight

How do EU trade agreements work in a globalised world economy?

- a project by Dr Adrian Smith and Dr Liam Campling
New at CER
We are delighted to welcome Ms Giorgia Miccoli who will be completing an internship at CER. Giorgia holds a BA in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna, where she is currently an MA candidate in International Politics and Security. Her main interests are in European history and pan-European security. At CER, Giorgia will be working on her MA dissertation which focuses on the security challenges induced by the 2004 eastward enlargement of the EU.
Past Event Highlights

CER Inaugural 2017
The panel of the CER inaugural event (held on 30 October 2017) consisted of Professor Helen Drake (Loughborough/UACES), Professor Tim Bale and Dr Sarah Wolff (CER/QMUL), as well as Sir Jonathan Faull KCMG (from left to right). An outline of Sir Jonathan Faull's lecture can be read here, while a summary of the other presentations is available here.
The 2017 CER inaugural event can now be watched in its entirety

'Europe Reset' & UACES travelling exhibition
On 22 January 2018, CER organised the book launch of ‘Europe Reset’, the newest book of Professor Richard Youngs (Warwick/Carnegie Europe). Professor Youngs’ presentation was followed by a discussion with Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (Oxford), Dr Stella Ladi and Dr Sarah Wolff (QMUL/CER).
Simultaneously, the travelling exhibition of the Historical Archives of the European Union titled ‘Ever Closer Union’ was hosted by CER with the support of UACES.

CER Research seminar series
This year, the CER bi-weekly research seminar series has so far welcomed Dr Edith Drieskens (Leuven) to present on the EU’s actorness at the United Nations, Dr Ali Bilgic (Loughborough) to talk about neo-colonial emotions in European border security, Professor Francois Foret (UL Brussels/Cevipol) to discuss religious values in EU policy-making, and Amandine Crespy (UL Brussels/Cevipol) to talk about tendencies of (dis-)loyalty to the EU.

POLITICO EU Studies Fair 2018
CER, together with our School of Politics and International Relations, participated as an exhibitor at this year's POLITICO EU Studies Fair, the largest interdisciplinary educational event in Europe focused on university programmes in EU studies. The Fair took place in Brussels on 9-10 February. Our Centre was represented by our PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, David Gazsi.
CER Journal Highlights
Get involved!

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

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 welcome. 

For any applications or enquiry please contact directly the Director of CER, Dr. Sarah Wolff

Interested in a PhD or 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.

Funding: for information on funding opportunities please consult our  ‘Research Studentships’ site at the following link: Please note that admission for studentships for 2018/2019 entry is now closed. We also welcome applications with external funding.

Postdoctoral fellowships
The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) is offering at least four ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to commence from 1st October 2018. 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 aim of these fellowships is to provide funding to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD research, and prepare them for the next stage of their career. Proposals must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall within the remit of one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways:
There will an information event and Q&A on Thursday 22nd February at 3pm in K-1.56 (King’s building) at the King’s College London Strand Campus: (nearest tube Temple).
The deadline for applications is at 16.00 on 23rd March 2018 via this website: More information about these posts is available here: For queries related to these posts, please email:

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