On Thursday people will (not) vote for the European Parliament in the United Kingdom. Interested people like me might wonder if there is any “election party” organised (as I know it from elsewhere). So I enquired at the EP’s London office. The answer is that there is no party organised. But:
I am still talking to friends to set up a small “party” somewhere, so if you are interested to join, let me know.
If you wonder why UK results are only going public on Sunday, keep in mind that no country is allowed to issue any results until Sunday evening when the last (and majority of) countries have closed the ballot boxes.
One of the greatest benefits of studying at LSE has been to attend public lectures by world leaders and academics. So far my highlight had been the 3-day “tour de growth” with Philippe Aghion. After last night I feel that the most (academically) stimulating experience has been Andrew Moravcsik’s lecture on the “European Constitutional Settlement”.
As a committed federalist I have often found it difficult to agree with Moravcsik’s analysis of the process of European integration. Since his landmark studies in the early 1990s he has long been the defender of the intergovernmental method – acknowledging continuing control in the hand of EU member states. My experience working in and around EU politics over the last 9 years has been different but I have always valued Moravcsik’s contribution as a valid intellectual and academic challenge to any federalist.
Das Studium in London ist bekannterweise nicht das billigste. Zur Abzeichnung eines Teils meiner Studienfinanzierung hatte ich darum die nette Aufgabe, die deutsche Botschaft in London aufsuchen zu müssen. Also ging es Freitagmorgen im Rahmen der streng regulierten Öffnungszeiten in einen der vermögenden Teile Londons. Nach doppelter aber irgendwie-doch-nicht-Sicherheitskontrolle fand ich mich dann in einem großen Warteraum mit ca. 50 wartenden Menschen vor. Wie sich das gehört, bekam (= wurde) ich natürlich zuerst mal eine (zur) Nummer. Ich setzte mich also und schaute mir den Saal an. Immerhin groß und hell war er. Es gab oben eine andere Etage, wo der normale Botschaftsbetrieb ablief. Beim genauen hinsehen Continue reading →
After some very good time in Brussels it was time to move on. So, since Wednesday I am a Londonian now 🙂
But whether my time here is to be limited we have to see. I have inscribed for a Masters at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) at the heart of this great city. For the coming 12 months I should come out with some new perspectives. Not only for this blog but obviously mainly for my life, my learning and my future. New projects are naturally in preparation and until the end of the year I should know where I am heading. Until then I can only praise the LSE’s efforts for a smooth integration of its new students: useful information was sent to me way in advance. More current updates came in by email and the registration at the school was the smoothest thing I have ever seen at any university (and this is somehow my 5th!). Even though I had arrived a little earlier than foreseen by LSE, I could immidiately receive my student card and gain complete access to all services. Internet is running in my comfortable student residence (except for the SMTP). Only a fridge is waiting to be delivered tomorrow.
But more than that I have just spent a wonderful (last?) summer weekend in Dorset with great walks, good food and interesting discussions (i.a. about organic cidre farming) in between a wonderful countryside. May the year continue like this!