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Balanced or Imbalanced Europe in Global Politics?

As an early birthday gift, I was registered as a visiting researcher at King’s College London yesterday. Connected with that I attended the Jean Monnet Centre of excellence Annual Lecture “The Shattering of Illusions – And What Next?” by Jean Monnet Professor of European Organization, and President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy Loukas Tsoukalis (University of Athens) this Wednesday at King’s College Edmund Safra Lecture Theatre, about the economic significance of the single currency. The discussion was chaired by Dr. Tim Haughton of the University of Birmingham and Dr Nathaniel Copsey, Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe, the co-editors of the Journal of Common Market Studies. The pre-published text concerning the Lecture is available at:
Yesterday, I attended the CEL Lecture “”EU enforcement of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU” by Professor Richard Whish (King’s College) which was the first of  five 2-hour lectures that are all accredited with 2 CPD points by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board Module “Recent Developments in EU and UK Competiton Law”, dealing with Article 101 enforcement at EU level, 101 and 102 enforcement on EU level, practices, can the enforcement be undermined by the Commission and national damages procedures and asking whether there should be harmonizable law on EU and MSs level – the lecturer considered the question whether the 101 and 102 regulation is really working the “hottest topic”.

Finally, today I had the honour to attend the well-prepared and well-organized Jean Monet Centre of Excellence King’s College Research Student Workshop “The European Union: Finding its Role in a Changing World” at Council Room. The Workshop consisted of three-panel presentations, and roundtable discussion. Why did I say “well-prepared”? – Because the First Panel discussed “Hard or Soft Power? Common foreign, security and defence policy in the EU” touching even upon the question of Baghdad and post-Saddam Iraq. The Second Panel discussed “The European Union’s role in promoting democracy and development”, and the Third Panel discussed “Investment, finance and multilateralism: the law and economics of the EU’s external dimension”. The general idea of the roundtable discussion was EU foreign policy after the Treaty of Lisbon. Unfortunately, as I am sitting in the probably common room of the School of Law lecturers, I am continuing with this posting tomorrow from the Maughan Library.

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