State of the Union 2020 #SOTEU

Hopes and Expectations of the State of the European Union 2020

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 16 September, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver her inaugural State of the Union address, a speech delivered annually by the President of the European Commission to the European Parliament plenary. The address is intended as an instrument for accountability and a forum for discussion, and affords the President the…

Best Supporting Actor? The EU’s evolving role in the Coronavirus crisis

MOST FILM CRITICS would probably agree that Paul Giamatti is a great actor, admired for his range of roles in a number of films. Think Saving Private Ryan, Sideways, and Cinderella Man, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best-supporting actor, among others. Giamatti is not as instantly recognisable as most Hollywood superstars,…

The European Union and the Good Friday Agreement: the EU’s involvement in peace

At the end of the First World War, the official war artist and Irishman, William Orpen, was commissioned to paint the signing of the peace treaty at Versailles. What his employers, the British Ministry of Information, had hoped would be a memorialization of the Allies’ victory, became, in Orpen’s hands, a subtle critique of the…