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The EU Support Group for Ukraine: Quiet Politics of Substantive Reform?

Deanna Soloninka, PhD candidate in Politics at Edinburgh University For researchers of political and institutional change, path dependency matters. Outcomes can be traced back. Findings from a detailed analysis illustrate that “countries move along (nationally specific) well-worn paths” (Thelen 1999, 394). Studies of regional and international organizations catalogue similar pathways scaled up. Because policymakers work …

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Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

Benjamin Martill   Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent claim that NATO was ‘brain-dead’ and that Europe needed to focus on building up its own security and defence capabilities was the latest in a long line of public pronouncements on the future of European defence in recent years. …

Brexit and the future of the Unions

This blog post is the full text of Sir Jonathan Faull’s lecture in the University of Edinburgh’s prestigious Montague Burton Lecture Series.  The lecture was delivered on 16th September 2019, entitled ‘Brexit and the future of the Unions’ I am here today thanks to John Peterson[1], a distinguished professor in this University, a fine scholar …

Resolving Norm Conflicts in EU Law

Emily Hancox – Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute Usually, within a legal order there are certain tools for resolving conflicts between legal norms. Most well-known are the principle of lex superior (granting priority to the higher-ranking norm), the principle of lex specialis (granting priority to the more specific norm) and the principle of lex …