Fostering Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogues

Internship with EUCAnet: testimony from a graduate student

By Mareen Franck, Universities of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg and Kehl Coming for the first time from Germany to the West Coast of Canada, I had just a vague idea of how life would be in Canada and what expected me during my short-term internship (3 months) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. As a master student (European...
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Jean Monnet Network in EU-Canada Relations

Get to know the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations: The EU and Canada in Dialogue is housed at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. The project supports a network involving Carleton University and four European partner universities: University of Antwerp , Technical University Darmstadt, Technical University Munich , University of...
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German Chancellor Merkel ends her chancellorship in 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces that she will step down as a leader of her Christian-Democratic Party and not run as a candidate in 2021. This step is a reaction to some devastating losses that her party had to face in recent regional elections. Merkel's leadership has been greatly weakened by her response to the influx of refugees into...
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WEBINAR video: Electoral reform: A viable option for Canada – lessons from Europe

Electoral reform: A viable option for Canada – lessons from Europe An online dialogue Watch the video 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 *Please note, the Centre for Global Studies, will have a public showing of this webinar at the University of Victoria, in the Sedgewick Building, Room C168. All are welcome to attend....
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The Global Refugee Crisis – What can WE do?

Around the world, over 60 million people are currently displaced creating the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. This event will explore global, national and local responses to the crisis and a discussion on what we can all do to help. Oliver Schmidtke, director of the Centre for Global Studies at UVic and project leader of "Canada...
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The populist shake-up of Swedish politics

By Oliver Schmidtke , Director of Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria The populist shake-up of Swedish politics: gridlock in Parliament and an emboldened extreme right Sunday’s elections have confirmed what many observers of Swedish politics have dreaded: Sweden is not immune to the advance of populist and anti-immigrant parties...
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Swedish general election 2018: a right-wing surge?

Trygve Ugland, Bishop’s University There is much uncertainty associated with the outcomes of the general election in Sweden on September 9. What seems certain, however, is that the far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) will make great gains in both votes and mandates from the previous election in 2014 when the party received 12.9...
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Lessons Canada can learn from Sweden’s Saudi crisis

Kenneth Macartney , former Ambassador to Sweden, Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University Sweden's 2015 diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia may provide lessons for Canada in seeking some form of rapprochement with the kingdom without apologizing for standing up for basic human rights. Kenneth Macartney wrote an OP-ed for...
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Poland's democracy is being boiled to death while the world watches

Professor Laurent Pech from Middlesex University London answered Euronews' questions regarding the current situation in Poland. "...What about Poland today, in July 2018? As a lawyer, perfectly aware of the changes that are taking place in its legal system, can you say that Poland is a State governed by the rule of law? Is it a democracy? The...
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The Fallout of the Helsinki Summit: Undermining Transatlantic Relations?

Oliver Schmidtke , Director of the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria By all accounts, the meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin was bizarre. While the American intelligence community unanimously came to the conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 Presidential election and indicted12 Russian...
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