Article: Testing the EU's borders as Eurosceptic parties gain ground
Dr Ben Wellings and Dr Annmarie Elijah have recently published the article Testing the EU's borders as Eurosceptic parties gain ground in ABC Radio National's new monthly digital magazine White Paper. The 2014 European Union parliamentary elections were dominated by Eurosceptic parties, highlighting growing discontent with a system originally designed to foster peace and prosperity throughout Europe. ANU researchers Dr Ben Wellings and Dr Annmarie Elijah discuss the dynamics driving enlargement of the EU, and the forces pulling in the opposite direction... read more.
Poland celebrates 25 years of freedom
4 June 2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of Poland`s liberation from communism. The first partially democratic parliamentary elections held on 4 June 1989 not only contributed to the political and economic transformation of Poland but also triggered off democratic changes in Central and Eastern Europe. On that occasion the President of Poland, Mr Bronisław Komorowski, hosted on 4 June an official ceremony which was attended by close to 50 foreign delegations, including President of the United States Barak Obama. Please follow the links here to the official press release of the event, the speech of President Barak Obama and the Warsaw Declaration of Freedom adopted during the event.
Dr Pablo Jiménez commented on the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain
Dr Pablo Jiménez has been interviewed by SBS on the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain and the prostests that followed the event. The program, including the interview, can be accessed in full on the SBS website. (in Spanish)
EU Council conclusions on cultural heritage adopted
For the first time ever, the Council of the European Union has adopted Conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe. Under the leadership of the Hellenic Presidency of the European Union, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council adopted these historic conclusions at its meeting on 21 May in Brussels. As reported by Europa Nostra, these conclusions adopt a holistic policy approach by the EU to cultural heritage - tangible, intangible or digital - recognising it as a unique and non-renewable resource and a major asset for Europe and for the entire European project. The conclusions emphasize the important role that cultural heritage plays in creating and enhancing social capital, as well as its important economic impact and its specific role in achieving the Europe 2020 strategy goals for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth because of its social and economic impact and its key contribution to environmental sustainability. The conclusions call for more resources to be invested in cultural heritage and for the mainstreaming of cultural heritage in national and European policies. Member States are invited to consider including cultural heritage in the framework of the next Council Work Plan for Culture which will be implemented from 2015 onwards. The European Commission is also invited to further support at EU level the networking of, and pooling of resources between, public and private sector heritage experts and practitioners as well as civil society organisations.
Broadcast Information of Australia and Europe in Conversation
The Recording of the "Australia and Europe in Conversation. 1989 – 2014: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, EU enlargement and its effects on Europe, Australia and the World" event which was held here at the Centre on Tuesday night, will go to air on A-PAC (Channel 648) tonight at 5.45pm, and repeated at 9.30pm. You can view A-PAC’s website here www.a-pac.tv.
Foreign Affairs Council adopted new Guidelines on Freedom of Expression online/offline
On 12 May 2014, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression online and offline, thus bringing a new addition to the family of EU Human Rights Guidelines. With these guidelines, the EU reaffirms the pivotal role that freedom of opinion and expression play in a democratic society. You can access the text of the EU Guidelines on Freedom of Expression online/offline as well as the recent press release on the Council’s website.
Green Talents Award 2014 / Germany - Apply now!
Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development Since 2009, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has held the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions. The award, under the patronage of Federal Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours 25 young researchers from around the world each year. The winners come from various scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. The Green Talents 2014 will be selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts and are granted unique access to the elite of the country’s sustainability research field. This includes: An invitation to Germany in 2014 to participate in the fully funded two-week science forum. While touring Germany, top locations will open their doors to the Green Talents and offer them an exclusive insight into their facilities and projects. A chance to present themselves and their work in personal discussions held as part of individual appointments with experts of their choice (during the two-week science forum). A second invitation to Germany in 2015 for a fully funded research stay of up to three months. At an inspiring location of their choice, the Green Talents will gain new experiences and advance their professional careers while establishing long-lasting partnerships. Exclusive access to the “Green Talents Network” of over 100 high potentials in sustainable development from over 35 countries.
Dr John Besemeres interviewed on Radio National
ANUCES Adjunct Fellow, Dr John Besemeres, has been interviewed by Amanda Vanstone on Radio National on Vladimir Putin and current Russian politics. The interview is now available on the ABC website.
Australia and the European Union: Beyond the Framework Treaty
ANUCES Visiting Fellow Donald Kenyon and Adjunct Fellow Pierre van der Eng have written on the trade relationship between Australia and the European Union and their current negotiation of a ‘Framework Treaty’. The article "Australia and the European Union: Beyond the Framework Treaty" is now available on the Australian Institute of International Affairs' website. The piece is an edited abstract of an article by the same authors published in the latest edition of the Australian Journal of International Affairs: "Defining the relationship between Australia and the European Union: is the framework treaty enough?"
Dr John Besemeres commenting on Ukraine on ABC Classic FM
Dr John Besemeres, visiting fellow at the ANUCES, was interviewed by Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM, 9 April 2014, offering an entertaining and informative conversation about Ukraine, post-Soviet history, European culture and a great selection of classical music. The podcast can be downloaded from the ABC website until the 6 May 2014.