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The Tragedy of Brexit: Pro-European Mobilisation After the Referendum

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Written by Charlotte Galpin, Lecturer in German and European Politics, Verena Brändle, PhD student in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen and Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor for Modern European Studies in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen and ARENA, University of Oslo.
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Friday 14th July 2017

If you think David Davis has U-turned on ID cards, think again

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Written by Dr Charlotte Galpin, University of Birmingham. Government plans to introduce official documents for EU citizens to prove their right to live in the UK have some people surprised.
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Tuesday 11th July 2017

Students and staff win awards at the University Graduate School Awards 2017

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Doctoral research students in IDD and POLSIS win awards at the recent University Graduate School Awards while Dr Adam Quinn wins the award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision, College of Social Sciences.
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Tuesday 11th July 2017

Deal or no deal: Why Brexit makes learning German more important than ever

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Written by Dr Nicholas Martin. "By definition, though, cultural and educational exchange is not a one-way street. In its own vital interest, the UK must make the development of language skills and cultural exchange a policy priority in its plans for life after Brexit."
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Monday 10th July 2017

POLSIS Staff Attend Inaugural Departmental Conference

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POLSIS academics and students attended the first annual POLSIS Departmental Conference, featuring a keynote address by Prof. Ole Waever (University of Copenhagen).
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Monday 3rd July 2017

Call for papers: 'German Politics in Times of Populism'

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The German Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA), supported by the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham, invite proposals for papers for a one-day workshop on the theme of 'German Politics in Times of Populism'. The workshop will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday, 17 November 2017.
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Thursday 29th June 2017

New publication: Rethinking assessment and feedback

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POLSIS staff commitment to the best in assessment and feedback is highlighted in a recent special issue of the journal European Political Science.
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Tuesday 27th June 2017

General Election 2017: Reactions

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Written by Professor Catherine Needham, Professor David Dunn, Dr Matt Cole, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay. "Having sought an increased majority, the Conservatives now find themselves in a minority, though still in government, and within days of the start of Brexit negotiations. The electoral process which the British public did not seek has produced an outcome few politicians wanted. It will be another test of the difficult dialogue between the political class and their frustrated electorate."
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Monday 12th June 2017

Thoughts on the 2017 General Election

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "Depending on what poll you believe and if you are persuaded by noises from the troops on the ground, the race is either close or the Conservatives are still likely to achieve a comfortable majority. The fundamentals point to the latter."
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Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: Graciela Margareta Correia Magno, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

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Thank you for the funding support from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund to attend the training program in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
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Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: John Allison, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

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Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund, I was able to participate in a 5-day training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
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Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: Ciaran McDiamond, BA International Relations and Political Science with Year Abroad

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Whilst on my year abroad at The University of Hong Kong I was lucky enough to take part on a study visit to The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).
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Thursday 8th June 2017

POLSIS Annual Staff vs. Undergraduates Football Match

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The annual POLSIS staff vs student football game took place on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Populists are not taking over Europe, but neither are they on the way out

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Written by Dr Daniele Albertazzi, Senior Lecturer in European Politics. "The time has therefore come to take populists seriously as builders of organizations, shapers of political agendas and, increasingly, as parties in power. Their success may be far from inevitable, but they are definitely here to stay."
Date:
Friday 2nd June 2017

ICCS success at the 6th annual Doctoral Research Awards

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Donatella Bonansinga was awarded an Honourable Mention for her doctoral research project at the Doctoral Research Awards hosted by the Association of British Turkish Academics.
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Thursday 1st June 2017

With Trump leaving on his first foreign trip, here are 4 lessons about face-to-face diplomacy

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By Marcus Holmes and Nicholas J. Wheeler for the Washington Post. On Friday, President Trump departs on his first foreign trip. Over the course of nine days, he'll meet many leaders face-to-face for the first time, including key NATO leaders.
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Thursday 1st June 2017

'General Election: Student Voices' - special episode of the Political Worldview podcast

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Political Worldview has a special 'Student Voices' episode, out now! We're joined by four current Birmingham students to talk about the UK election from their perspective: the parties, the policies, the social media echo-chamber, and the vexed question of why youth turnout isn't higher.
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Thursday 1st June 2017

The Manchester attack: what do the security measures mean for the UK moving forward?

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Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Professor in International Politics. "With this level of activity questions need to be asked whether enough is being done to resource the Police and Intelligence Agencies for the considerable challenge that they face. This is true not just in tracking the potential perpetrators of actual plots but also in educating the public and potential family members in what to look for in a radicalized and alienated individual."
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference

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Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference.
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "The result could be a double-whammy blow to the Conservatives: losses to the Liberal Democrats and Labour hanging on to more marginal seats than was widely expected. So it will be interesting to see whether the consequences of May's social care u-turn will be reflected not only in increasing support for Labour but also for the Liberal Democrats."
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017
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