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Dear mr. rector, Dear team of the University of Oviedo, Dear colleagues,   First of all, many thanks to the University of Oviedo, particularly the rector, Professor Silvia Gomez and her team for making it possible to host our fourth bEUcitizen General Assembly Meeting! A conference that is held in a time of great uncertainty for European citizens, faced with rising nationalism, growing xenophobia and populism, fear and anger. These are all culminating in last week’s…

EUROPE AT A CROSSROADS   Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (University of Oxford)   THE VOTE FOR BREXIT has opened an existential phase for the future of the EU. Irrespective of the political debates over the past year or so, the British referendum at its core was not about Britain’s membership in the EU, but about how the country copes with deindustrialization, deprivation and one of the highest levels of inequality in Europe. “Privatized Keynesianism” (C. Crouch) helped to conceal…

Five thousand people in Calais wanting to cross the Channel to the UK has meant my inbox is overflowing with invitations for interviews and top lines on ‘what is to be done’. What is striking about these requests is how many ask for brevity. ‘Tell us what you would do about Calais in 50 words. Be as specific as possible’, asked one journalist. The flood of requests (or perhaps I should say ‘swarm’) encapsulates what I find to be a real dilemma working in the field of ‘migration…

Last week, which was my second in office, I travelled to Copenhagen for a bEUcitizen meeting. The plane was packed with businessmen and elegant people doing Christmas shopping. Having been busy lately with the project, with my book, and with my baby, I did not have time – and, to some extent, money – to buy myself nice clothes and shoes after the pregnancy, neither to go to the hairdresser’s. In the rush, I packed two half pair of black shoes apart from the comfortable, unpolishable…

Conference “In the name of consumers? Public interest litigation in Europe”, 15th-17th of October 2014, University of Bayreuth, Germany More than 50 academic and practicing professionals met on the 15th-17th of October 2014 at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, for a conference titled “In the name of consumers? Public interest litigation in Europe”. The event was organized by the Research Centre for Consumer Law (for more information see

After the economic crisis that has terribly hit the Eurozone – and the European Union more generally, new patterns of mobility have been identified among EU-citizens. Indeed, there has been in the last years an increasing flow of nationals of the countries more affected by the economic crisis – namely Southern European countries – to the EU member states less influenced by the economic crisis. From the most part, movers are high-skilled workers who escape from high levels of unemployment…

Italian girl, working and living in the Netherlands and, currently, doing a 4 week training placement in Brussels. This is the answer I gave when I asked myself: what does EU citizenship mean? Is this, however, enough? No, this aspect highlights the right to move and reside freely within the EU. Nonetheless, it is only the most evident facet of being an EU citizen. Then, a second question arose spontaneously: have I ever faced barriers to the exercise of my rights? Another unsatisfactory…

For European citizens to claim rights on the basis of EU law – save for special circumstances – there should be an interstate requirement. Or, in other words, European citizens should have exercised their free movement rights before a number of important rights attached to European citizenship becomes available. This interstate element is vital, as it is about the division of competences between the EU and its Member States. If the cross-border requirement is not met, national law will…

The European elections in May have once again pitted the EU against national identities. In many countries so-called Eurosceptic parties carried the day. This happened most notably in the UK, where the UK Independence Party (UKIP) won by a landslide, humiliating the established parties, and most comprehensively the Liberal Democrats, whose leader wears his European identity – his mother is Dutch and his wife Spanish – proudly, but received a beating at the ballot box in return. Or so it…

Israel was established as a haven for the Jewish people after the Holocaust. In the years since, it has seen the influx of millions of Jewish immigrants who joined the Jews and Arabs (and their descendents) who lived in this country prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Indeed over a quarter of Israel’s eight million residents are foreign born. Reflecting its founding logic, Israel’s immigration regime is such that any Jew is eligible to immigrate to Israel and to receive…