European University Institute

The European University Institute (EUI) is a unique international centre for doctorate and post-doctorate studies and research, situated in the Tuscan hills overlooking Florence.

Since its establishment 40 years ago by the six founding members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus. The four departments – Economics, History and Civilization, Law, and Political and Social Sciences – host scholars from more than 60 countries, studying for the Institution’s doctorate or one-year masters in law or European economics.

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On Italy’s streets, Five Star still twinkles

Emergency over. Nothing to see here folks. Move on. That was more or less the message on Tuesday morning from Italy’s main newspapers. They were talking about the supposedly poor results of the Movimento…
Silvio Berlusconi is one of the world’s most recognisable figures, whose party and politics are based around his cult of personality. EPA/Massimo Percossi

Berlusconi, Katter and Assange: a very personal party

We’ve never been to one or the other, but we presume that Silvio Berlusconi’s and Bob Katter’s house parties are pretty different affairs. Their political parties are another matter, however. The former…
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, pictured with current PM David Cameron at 10 Downing St, has passed away at the age of 87. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Baroness Margaret Thatcher passes away

Margaret Thatcher, Baroness of Kesteven, has died of a stroke aged 87. The first female prime minister of the United Kingdom, Thatcher held office between 1979 and 1990 before being removed in an internal…
Beppe Grillo could be a victim of his own success. EPA/Massimo Percossi

Too much too young for Italy’s Five-Star Movement?

“Paris is worth a mass”, replied my friend, citing Henry IV’s probably apocryphal comment on his conversion to Catholicism in order to break the religious impasse in sixteenth-century France. She was explaining…

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