News and Information

The CEG is interested in all aspects of the European Union, the way it is taught as a subject, and research involved in European studies. This page aims to provide a resource base looking at upcoming research publications, information about the EU and its institutions, and news items relating to the EU. The resource base is updated continually, so remember to check back frequently for the most up-to-date news, information, and resources. 


The CEG Hosts its First Conference: 



The CEG is very proud to announce the success of its first conference looking into the Western Balkans, and chaired by Dr Kenneth Morrison, Reader in Modern Southeast European History, and Co-Driector of the Centre for European Governance. The CEG hosted speakers and visitors from many different backgrounds,wit the keynote speaker Dr Geert Hinrich Ahrens, a senior German diplomat who has decades of experience working in the Balkans for Lord David Owen's 'International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia' (ICFY) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has also led OSCE Monitoring Missions in countries such as Moldova, Montenegro, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Macedonia. 

Pictures and discussion to follow. 


A Timely Article by Ph.D Researcher Vivienne Gravey on Voting for the in the European Elections

Vivienne Gravey, a Ph.D researcher from the University of East Anglia, looks at the current attitude to the European elections in the UK and argues that the European Parliament should be looked at in the same light as any other parliament; 'without its MEPs the European Parliament is an empty shell. The political colour of the European Parliament depends on the MEPs sent to Brussels.' Political disatisfaction with elements is a natural occurance, and for hthis reason, voting the elections is of huge importance to those who care about the political make-up of the European Parliament. 

View the complete article here.


The European Parliamentary Research Service Compiles List of '100 books on Europe to be Remembered'

Ranging from 1930 to 2012, and across multiple languages, the European Parliamentary Research Service has conducted the gigantic effort of compiling 100 books (or 109, to be precise) on European studies. An indispensible record for those engaging in European research. Click here to view the list.


Andrew Thomas Provides the CEG with a Fascinating Insight into Post-Conflict Rebuilding in Serbia 

"We had been invited, I from Leicester City Council, to demonstrate how community safety was a joint civil and policing issue that could be successful in a multi-racial environment. We met the Mayors from Muslim communities, and senior police officers who only a couple of years before had been in conflict with them..."

Click here for the complete article


The CEG Welcomes Visiting Academic, Professor Wei Shen

Professor Wei Shen, of the ESSCA School of Management, Angers (France) will be focusing on EU-China Relations: Symbolic or Strategic

The CEG Welcomes its First Visiting Academics

Dr Anna Xavier, of the University of Lisbon, will focus on Human Security and Foreign Policy: National Case Studies and European Integration 

Dr Velentina Colcelli, of the University of Perugia, will focus on The Legal Status of the Individual in the Process of European Integration

The Centre looks forward to working with Drs Xavier and Colcelli over the week beginning 28th April.    

EU Presidential Debate

For the first time, a debate between EU Presidential Candidates will be televised and streamed online across the whole of the EU. The event comes as critiques of the 'democratic deficit', particularly in relation to the Executive branch, the EU Commission, have gained momentum, particularly in places such as the UK. For up-to-date discussions about the debate, follow us on Twitter.

Click here for more information on the event, or click here for a breakdown of the European Presidential Candidates, and general information about the European elections.


The House of Lords: EU Select Committee:  The Role of National Parliaments in the EU. The complete report can be found here, while further information can be found on the Committee's website.



UACES, the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies :   Small event grants (up to 1000GBP) are available, with a deadline of 16th May 2014. Applications are encouraged especially on the grounds of multi-disciplinary research, and those involving younger academics. Please click here for more information. 

New Book by Professor Alasdair Blair: The CEG's Co-Director is due to have a book entitled Britain and the World since 1945 published this summer , the blurb for which is below, and the second chapter of which can be found here.

This Seminar Studies title is a succinct study of modern British foreign policy, focusing on the period from 1945 to the present day. Since the end of the Second World War, Britain has been engaged in international conflicts from the Suez Crisis to the Gulf War and has actively sought involvement in transnational and global affairs.

Starting with a brief overview of the rise and fall of the British Empire and continuing chronologically with detailed chapters covering the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, Alasdair Blair discusses the highs and lows of British foreign policy in an accessible yet analytical manner. Dealing with themes such as the issues triggered by decolonisation and the changing relationship between Britain and Europe, this text considers the pivotal moments in modern Britain’s engagement with the wider world.

Included in this title are supporting materials such as a chronology of important events from 1945 to 2013, a Who’s Who of key government figures and a collection of relevant primary sources. Thorough yet concise, Britain and the World since 1945 is the ideal resource for students interested in the development of British foreign policy.

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