Walloon Minister-President Magnette at the College: “Our opposition was not about Canada, it was about principles”

On Friday 28 April, Minister-President Paul Magnette of the federated Walloon regional government addressed students at the College of Europe about the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), and more importantly, about his opposition to this agreement. The key message? CETA itself was simply collateral damage to a broader opposition based on principles against a … More Walloon Minister-President Magnette at the College: “Our opposition was not about Canada, it was about principles”

THE NEW PINOCCHIOS

What Carlo Collodi’s Classic Helps Reveal About the Post-Truth Phenomenon. By: Jessica Ní Mhainín In Pinocchio the notoriously dishonest puppet is compared to a hare, a goat, a fish, a frog, a bird and a dog. When the former Irish Prime Minster, Bertie Ahern, was confronted with evidence that contradicted a statement he had previously made, … More THE NEW PINOCCHIOS

PAUL MAGNETTE AFTER CETA: LEFTIST HERO, OPPORTUNIST OR POLITICAL GENIUS?

After a three-day delay, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) was finally signed on 30 October in Brussels. For three days, a man called Paul Magnette prevented the signing of Europe’s latest trade agreement. Who is he and what was he trying to achieve? By: Bram de Botselier Paul Magnette, a politician of the Belgian … More PAUL MAGNETTE AFTER CETA: LEFTIST HERO, OPPORTUNIST OR POLITICAL GENIUS?

Opinion: Czech State Secretary for European affairs paint ambiguous portrait of the EU

On October 26th 2016, the College had the opportunity to welcome the Czech State secretary for European Affairs, Mr Tomas Prouza, in office since 2014. By: Elise Cuny Tomas Prouza’s appearance marked the first official visit by a Czech representative to the College, and served as an occasion to assess and discuss the links between the … More Opinion: Czech State Secretary for European affairs paint ambiguous portrait of the EU

Opinion: The response to the High Court’s Article 50 ruling should scare us all

By: Nye Williams-Renouf UK / On Thursday afternoon, the High Court delivered its verdict on the most controversial British constitutional case in generations. Having heard arguments from a clutch of eminent barristers, a bench presided over by three senior judges produced a unanimous judgment that was sober, detailed, and well-reasoned in law. In response, the British … More Opinion: The response to the High Court’s Article 50 ruling should scare us all

Javier Solana: EU has a moral obligation to engage in world security

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the International Relations Programme at the College of Europe, Rector Jörg Monar welcomed Javier Solana to deliver the third annual High Level EU Diplomacy Lecture on the 27th October 2016. Secretary General of NATO from 1995-1999 and subsequent EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security … More Javier Solana: EU has a moral obligation to engage in world security

Flemish Minister-President at the College: an elusive speech on a stronger EU

  Last Thursday, Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois was invited for a lecture at the College of Europe to lay down his vision on the European Union. At the same time, however, he avoided any discussion of the future of Flanders.  By: Bram de Botselier  Many College students and even some external guests found the way … More Flemish Minister-President at the College: an elusive speech on a stronger EU