Staff News

Professor Anand Menon has published three articles on Brexit:

Dr Edoardo Bressanelli has written an article for the The Journal of Legislative Studies with Dr Nicola Chelotti (LSE):

  • Bressanelli, E. and N. Chelotti (2018). “The European Parliament and Economic Governance: Explaining a Case of Limited Influence”. The Journal of Legislative Studies, forthcoming 2018

Dr Alexander Clarkson did a podcast on Turks and Kurds in Germany with TurkeyBookTalk, an online source specialised on Turkish history and politics.

Dr Koldo Casla has successfully passed his PhD on “Order over Justice: International Human Rights Norm Promotion by Western European States”. Congratulations, Dr Casla!

Professor Christoph Meyer has written a new post on Brexit for the EIS blog.

Dr Douglas Voigt has successfully passed his PhD on “Social Justice and Labour Market Institutions: a Critical Analysis of the German Hartz Regime”. Congratulations, Dr Voigt!

Ksenia Kirham has moderated the section ‘Sanctioned States in the Context of Global Imperialism’ at the XI. RISA Convention in Moscow. She also gave a paper titled ‘The Welfare State Regime Approach to Analysing Sanctioned States’.

Career Events in Autumn

Law Careers for Non-Lawyers
20 Oct | 13.00 – 14.00 | Strand: SHEW 1.17 (Moot Court Ante Room)
Are you pursuing a non-law degree? If so, do you know that law firms want to recruit you? Nearly half of all new trainees graduated with a non-law degree, and many barristers and judges also hold non-law degrees. Attend this session to find out why law firms want you and how you can train to be a lawyer. Book your place here

Other opportunities
Policy Idol
An exciting competition that gives you three minutes to pitch your policy ideas to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds of politics, academia and industry. Applications are now open. For more information visit To register for Policy Idol visit this page.

Internships at the European Parliament in Washington DC and Brussels
The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress (EPLO) launches its next round of internships aimed at recent graduates and recent/current postgraduates. Up to six interns will be accepted in the Washington DC office from January 16th – April 15th, 2018, with an option to extend the internship for a further two months at the headquarters in Brussels. Applicants must be US citizens or have other pre-existing authorization to work in the US.
The deadline to submit applications is October 31st, 2017. Required is a CV in Europass format, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation directly sent by faculty members.
The internship offers a unique opportunity for students and young professionals with an interest in transatlantic policy.
Further details:

Why a vote on „No Deal“-Brexit is becoming more likely and what might happen next

by Christoph Meyer, Professor of European and International Politics at EIS.

Prof. Christoph Meyer

Prof. Christoph Meyer

Speculation about future political decisions is normally best left to journalists, particularly when the future depends on tactical choices of politicians seeking to outthink, outmaneuver and therefore surprise others. We have seen these patterns since the Brexit referendum both within the major parties as well as between them. However, we are now in the situation where the tactical games are no-longer just played at the domestic level, but also in Brussels with the UK’s “friends and partners” (May) or potential “enemies” as the Chancellor called them over the weekend. Moreover, negotiations with the rest of the EU enter a period when the difficult strategic trade-offs can no longer be avoided as non-decision has itself dramatic consequences, namely Britain’s economic, political and legal rupture with the rest of the European Union on March 2019 as the article 50 process comes to its end. Against this context it is useful to think through some of the key scenarios and their likelihood to better prepare ourselves for the significant consequences.

I. A deal is made
The government had hoped that Theresa Mays’ Florence speech would allow quick progress beyond the immediate issues arising from Britain leaving the European Union. Apart from the significant change towards a more EU-friendly tone, the most significant novelty Continue reading

Events and Seminars in Autumn

Trump, Europe and the wider world
Federal Trust, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Global Policy Institute I 17 October I 17.00 – 19.00
Mary Sumner House,24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB
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Confirmed Speakers: Ansgar Graw, Chief Reporter for Die Welt and its former US correspondent; Dr Jacob Parakilas, Deputy Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

Conference: The European Migrant Crisis
19 October
venue tbc
Speakers: Professor Leila Simona Talani, more tbc

JMCE Seminar Series: Resistance to the Iran Nuclear Deal: Russian, Chinese and European Power Clashes with a New US Administration”

16th October, 6pm,
King’s College London, Room K3.11
Speaker: Dr. Moritz Pieper (University of Salford)
More information here.

Regular Crisis: A Cantata on the Global Economy

7.30pm – Friday 20 October
Barbican Cinema 1
Featuring intimate interviews with prominent global executives and policy-makers, this screening and the following discussion chaired by former advisor to the UK Treasury Diane Coyle will explore the state of mind of people in leadership in today’s uncertain political and economic times.
More information and a exclusive student ticket offer here.

JMCE Seminar Series: “The Clash of New World Orders”
4th December 2017, 6pm,
King’s College London, Room K3.11
Speaker: Prof. Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)
More information here.

Conferences, Workshops & Call for Papers/Applications

Call for Applications for the third UPTAKE PhD Training School.
Its main objective is to offer an opportunity for research development, training and exchange of ideas for PhD and Postdoctoral students working in the field of Russian and East European Studies.

When: 9-13 January 2018
Where: Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
Topic: Dividing Lines in Wider Europe: Political and security challenges three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain
Deadline: Wednesday 1st November 2017

More information here.
More details on who can apply, how to apply, when to apply, and what to expect, check the call for applications here

Call for Applications: UACES Scholarships
Deadline: Friday 13 October 2017

Are you a postgraduate student who needs to undertake fieldwork abroad?
Since 2002, UACES has awarded 138 travel scholarships to postgraduate students from 33 different countries. The scholarships are designed to provide mobility to existing postgraduate students so that they can undertake research in another country. In 2017 UACES is offering its members two different scholarship schemes. Applicants can only apply to one scheme.

UACES Scholarships
For 2017, UACES is offering 4 scholarships for a fixed amount of 1,500 GBP to be awarded on a competitive basis to UACES members.

UACES and James Madison Charitable Trust Scholarships
In addition to the above scholarships, UACES is partnering with the James Madison Charitable Trust (JMCT) in order to offer a further 4 scholarships for a fixed amount of 1,500GBP. These will also be awarded on a competitive basis to UACES members.
The objectives of the JMCT have shaped the scope of the scholarships and you can find out more about those objectives here.

Visit for further information about travel scholarships, including eligibility criteria, finances and application form.

Staff News

Dr Edoardo Bressanelli has written an article with Dr Christel Kopp (Department of Political Economy) and Dr Christine Reh (University College London):

  • Koop, C., Reh, C. and E. Bressanelli (forthcoming), “When Politics Prevails: Parties, Elections and Loyalty in the European Parliament”. European Journal of Political Research

Dr Angelos Chryssogelos hhas appeared on a radio show “Manuale d’Europa Instruzioni d’uso per i cittadini europei” on the Italian station Radio1.

Dr Emmy Eklundh has been commenting on the referendum in Catalonia for CNN International, Sky News, LBC Radio, and Radio Free Europe.

Dr Katrin Schreiter has published a journal article with Central European History:

Agnieszka Witudo has contributed to publication of the European Parliamentary Research Service:

New Staff at EIS

With the new term, new staff are starting at EIS. This is who they are:

Kseniya OksamytnaDr Kseniya Oksamytna joined EIS in September 2017 having taught at the University of Warwick for two years. Her PhD was completed in the framework of the Joint Doctorate on Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism at LUISS and the University of Geneva.

She studied media and globalisation studies for her MA in Aarhus, Amsterdam and London, and International Relations for her BA in Kyiv.

Kseniya has published on the EU military training mission in Somalia, the UN Security Council’s engagement with human rights NGOs, and Ukraine’s participation in peacekeeping.

She is currently working on individual and collaborative projects on the norms and practices of UN peacekeeping operations, the role of shaming in UN Security Council’s diplomacy during the Rwandan genocide, the UN Secretariat’s authority in peacekeeping, and the UN’s crisis response speed.

Dr Julia Nicholls joined King’s in September 2017 as a Lecturer in French & European Studies. She completed a BA in History and an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, and a PhD in History at Queen Mary University of London.

Her thesis, which she is currently adapting into a book, explored French revolutionary thought after the 1871 Paris Commune. Her new research looks at comparisons of slavery and labour in nineteenth-century French thought.

Prior to joining King’s, Julia worked at New College, Oxford.

Victoria StadheimDr Victoria B-G Stadheim completed her PhD in the Department of Economics at SOAS University of London in 2017.

Her research has a political economy angle and focuses on the crisis in the Eurozone and specifically its impacts on Portugal.

Her interests include neoliberalism and capitalist periodisation, social transformation in the context of crisis, financialisation, labour and trade unions, and the political economy of development.

Victoria holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development (SOAS) and a BA in Development Studies (Oslo).

Prior to joining the Department of European and International Studies she taught courses in Political Economy of Finance, Debt and Development and Political Economy of Development.

Victoria is fluent in Norwegian and Portuguese, and close to fluent in Spanish.

The European Parliament in the new Europe: What to expect from the Brexit negotiations?

On May 26, King’s hosted a workshop on The European Parliament in the new Europe: Institutional Power and Policy Influence. Below are some reflections on the theme by Edoardo Bressanelli and Margherita de Candia.

Since 2009, the institutional development of the European Union (EU) has been marked by fundamental tensions. A key one concerns the European Parliament (EP). On the one hand, the Treaty of Lisbon re-branded co-decision as the ordinary legislative procedure, extended the legislative powers of the EU’s only directly elected institution to new policy areas, strengthened its role in the budgetary procedure and, as everyone soon discovered, withdrawal treaties.

On the other hand, the different crises that hit the EU in the same period – the economic and financial crisis, the migration crisis, and eventually Brexit – have, in the eyes of several observers, made the EU more intergovernmental. The activism of the European Council, the stipulation of international treaties outside the EU framework, and the contestation of the EU by the national publics have arguably led to the consolidation of a “new intergovernmental Union”.

With both thPicture 1e implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the different Eurocrises unfolding in parallel, the discussion on the institutional reform of the EU has been exceptionally lively. Within the context of this debate, however, the EP has seldom taken centre stage.

To address this gap in the academic literature, and shed light on this institutional tension, the Department of European & International Studies has organised the workshop “The European Parliament in the new Europe: Institutional power and policy influence?”. The event was financially supported by UACES and by a Network Grant of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at KCL.

Its key objective was to comprehensively assess the EP’s role in EU decision-making post-Lisbon. Under what conditions is the EP more influential in policy-making? Does the EP use specific strategies to make its voice heard? Have the crises constrained the use of its new powers? To answer these questions, early-career researchers, more established scholars and EP practitioners gathered together in this one-day event at King’s College London.

Formally, the EP is entitled to legislate on equal footing with the Council in most policy areas under the ordinary legislative procedure. Yet, during the crisis, emergency measures have often been adopted outside its framework. Additionally, when the stakes for the member states were high, or when (national) money was discussed, notwithstanding the EP’s co-decision powers its influence was limited. In such cases, the only red lines that really mattered were established by the member states, and followed by the EP.

Looking at the variation in the influence of the EP across policy areas, the workshop echoed the findings of recent research, which indicates that the member states have kept a strong grip on ‘core state powers’. For instance, member states were successful in establishing a ‘policy core’ in migration policies, while the activism of the European Council set tight constraints in the reform of economic governance.

NotwithstaPicture 2nding the important role of the member states, the EP was able to partly compensate for its relative lack of substantive influence with procedural gains and institutional rewards: for example, its enhanced powers of scrutiny towards the other EU institutions under the Economic Dialogue.

All this is relevant to the Brexit negotiations. The Lisbon Treaty has equipped the EP with a de facto veto power on the withdrawal agreement. Yet, the credibility of the EP’s threat to use it can be disputed. The EP has become a more responsible and mature player in inter-institutional negotiations. A more pragmatic and constructive attitude has generally replaced the radical position that the EP used to have when it was merely a ‘talking shop’.

The EP will hardly remain silent during the negotiations, demanding its full institutional involvement. It will also make use of every tools at its disposal to make its voice heard, and signal its position through resolutions and public declarations of its leaders.

However, in the case of the EP, power has come with responsibility. In both law-making and beyond, the EP constructively engages with the other institutions, and rarely embraces more extreme, ideological position to the very end of the negotiations. From what we know on Europe’s Parliament, and from what this workshop has shown, it seems reasonable to expect that the EP will take every opportunity to show its teeth, but it will not eventually bite on the Brexit agreement.


Edoardo Bressanelli in a Lecturer in European Politics in the Department of European and International Studies. Margherita de Candia is a PhD researcher in European Studies in the same Department.

In defence of freedom of movement: right, insurance and bond

by Christoph Meyer, Professor of European & International Politics at EIS and Eiko Thielemann, Associate Professor of European Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Prof Christoph Meyer

Freedom of Movement (FoM) emerged as the single biggest point of contention in the debates about the negotiation stance of the UK. The EU-27 have said repeatedly before and after the referendum that FoM is inseparable from single-market access. The case of Switzerland is instructive here: the country recently decided it would rather back down on the full implementation of its referendum vote of 2014 than lose access to the Single Market and EU Research Programmes.

British politics has drifted in the opposite direction, visible most notably in the government’s Brexit White Paper rejecting FoM and promising quantitative restrictions on EU citizens moving to the UK. Only the Liberal Democrats and the Greens say they want to keep FoM, whereas Labour is divided. After initially defending the economic and social benefits of immigration, the Labour leader appears ready to abandon it.

Those who press the case for dropping it put forward a simple justification: FoM stands for an open-door immigration policy, and restricting this was one of most important motivations for a majority of Leave voters. If framed in this way, any prize is worth paying for “reasserting control” over the borders.

However, equating FoM with unlimited immigration is flawed, whilst we argue it should be framed as a right, insurance, and a symbolic bond.

Prof Eike Thielemann

FoM is not an immigration policy but a legal right, enshrined in the EU treaties and elaborated in the Citizenship Directive, to work and study in another EU country. It applies to all EU citizens as a result of their country’s membership of the EU. An estimated 1.2 million British citizens have used the many opportunities it brings to work, study and retire in other EU countries, especially Spain, Ireland, France and Germany.

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