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Guest Editorial: Without a new European patriotism, the decline of the EU is inevitable

On 26 March, an utterly divided EU emerged from the European Council dedicated to European measures aimed at managing the severest crisis since 1929, one far worse  than the 2012-2017 crisis. The coronavirus pandemic and the transpiring economic and social crises present Europe with an extraordinary opportunity: to decide to move towards a deeper unity, or to decline irrevocably. The prevailing road will naturally depend on the decisions of the governments in the European Council and other EU institutions; but also, and above all, on the mobilization of citizens and the public opinion in each of the Member States.   Can we still expect concrete and visible measures managing the ongoing tragic health crisis, as well as the imminent socio-economic crisis? Measures which correspond to the EU’s values, traditions, and increased global responsibilities? The question for Europe is the following:  is the EU a community of destiny, a Schicksalsgemeinschaft, or is it but an instrumental association of national selfishness, where the blind choice of each man for himself clearly prevails over rising up to historical challenges?   Does…

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New Website is Now Live

Dear readers, The new blog is now live. Some of the features are still a bit glitchy, and we are working on fixing them (e.g. some aspects of the search function). We will resume regular posting tomorrow. Once everything is up and running, i.e. in the next few days, we would very much appreciate any feedback that you…

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Blog Redesign

Dear readers, Our 10-year old blog design has been looking increasingly dated. This is a housekeeping announcement that we are about to launch the new EJIL: Talk! website. This should hopefully all happen tomorrow, without too many technical problems. All of the content will still be there. The blog may be inaccessible for some time while we’re getting…

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Most Read Posts in 2019

Happy New Year to our readers! We wish you a wonderful 2020 and thank you for reading the blog in 2019. Below is a list of the 20 posts that received the most views in 2019. An interesting observation is that most of these posts relate to developments in international tribunals: the International Court of Justice; the International…

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Favourite Readings 2019 – Recommendations for Vacation Reading

  As in previous years, EJIL’s Review Editor, Christian J. Tams, has invited EJIL board members and (associate) editors to offer short reflections on their favourite books of the year 2019. No strict rules apply — the posts are meant to introduce books that left an impression, irrespective of their genre. Today we have selections…

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