Contemporary European Politics 2017.  INT 351
Teachers: David Rees and  Pam Barnes
Head of Programme: Thomas Hoerber  Secretary: Emilie Hergault
Course description  Midterm test and presentation marks  Midterm test answers  Presentation comments and marks

Programme 2017


Presentations and films
Lesson 1.
Wednesday 13 September
Room 808

Epistemology, Empires and the EU
1. Epistemology
3. EU Members
6. Enlargement (European Commission)
7. Supranational European bodies (picture)
7. Supranational European bodies (key)
8. (Quiz in teams) EU Member countries
The future size of the EU / EEA
2. A history of empires (from 3000BC)
4. A brief history of EU enlargement (film from The Economist)
5. European Enlargement (film from the IIEA)

Lesson 2.
Wednesday 13 September
Room 808

Enlargement 1.
European levels of integration
Case studies: Turkey and Cyprus
The Copenhagen criteria
EU membership and partners
EU European Neighbourhood states
EU European Neighbourhood Policy (European Commission)

Debating Europe

Turkey and the EU (pdf DR)
EU enlargement package (ViEUs) 2014
Turkey and Migration (ViEUs) 2016
Armenian genocide ( 90m)
Lesson 3.
Wednesday 20 September
Room 808

EU structure and difficulties

Organisation of teams.
Preparation of presentations 'Solving Europe'

Euro Structural Inflexibility
Lesson 4.
Wednesday 4 October
Room 808

Solving Europe presentations

 Group presentations: 'Solving Europe' (20% of final evaluation)

   Debt and Deficit
   EU external trade
   The Euro
   Global warming and energy
   EU Defence
Lesson 5.
Wednesday 11 October
Room 808

Continue presentations: 'Solving Europe'.
Lesson 6.
Wednesday 18 October
Room 808
With video

Common Agriculture Policy

CAP (EU Commission)
Farm Subsidies (

Agricultural import duties
US food subsidies

Lobbying Transparency Register (European Commission)
Biggest lobbyists in Brussels
Farm Subsidies film (
CAP (pdf DR)
Introduction to CAP (video)
Food for the stomach - biofuels and food security (video)
MacDonalds and food industrialisation
Corn-fed beef and sustainability
Feedlot pollution
EU-Mercosur trade negotiations and beef (CGTN America)
The Meatrix (video)
Lesson 7.
Wednesday 25 October
Room 808

The Troika and Debt Control

Greece, the Troika, debt control and the change from a solidarity to predatory model.

Greek debt crisis

Lesson 8.
Wednesday 02 November
Room 808

Lobbying in the EU 

Lobbying Transparency Register (European Commission)
Biggest lobbyists in Brussels
Philip Morris in Brussels
The EU lobbyists (52 page guide to lobbying in Brussels)
Billy wants a dog (flv) (US)
Lobbyists (flv) (US)
What does a lobbyist do? (flv) (Germany)
Lobbying presentation (pdf)
Stakeholder consultation tools (Commission)
President Juncker's 10 priorities (Commission)

Lesson 9
Wednesday 08 November
Pam Barnes

EU sustainability policy (environment)
Lesson 10
Thursday 09 November
Pam Barnes
EU Energy sustainability
Lesson 11
Friday 10 November
Pam Barnes
The Brexit and its impact on UK climate and environmental policies / impact on UK energy policy
Lesson 12.
Wednesday 22 November
Room 808

EU budget

EU Commission: Financial programming and budget
EU expenditure and revenue
Who pays what? (BBC)
Where the money goes

EU video - budget
EU budget (pdf DR)
Tobin Tax and FTT (4m)
European Financial Transfer Tax (FTT) (DukasCopy 2.5m)

Lesson 13.
Wednesday 29 November
Room 808

The Single Market

European Commission DG Trade (see 'imports / EU tariffs')
EU minimum salaries (picture)
The Single Market Act II (EC)
EU pork production (Eurostat)
EU regulatory cooperation (DG Grow)

The Single Market is 20 years old (from the European Commission)
EU digital single market (EU Commission)
Cross-border labour posting (Council of the EU)
Cross-border labour posting (dw)
Ryanair in Marseilles conflict (IBT)
The Single Market (pdf DR based on the two films)
Lesson 14.
Wednesday 06 December
Room 808

World Food Security

Cereals trading charts (
Food prices (
Food riots Community Channel (video 5m)
Global Food Crisis All (video 4m)

World Food Security to 2050 (DR)
Evaluation Midterm exam 1h (20%)
Presentation (20%)
Final exam 2h (60%)
PB 30m (30%) Exam revision DR 90m (70%)   Exam revision
EU External Trade Agreements / Negotiations EU Trade negotiations (DG Trade)
Wallons block CETA
CETA blocked - video
UK threats on Single Market
EU TTIP negotiations (EC)
Dangers of TTIP (UKIP)
Pro-TTIP (IBT Partners)
EU TTIP 'myths' (EC)
EU Parliament curbs ISDS (Bloomberg)
TTIP - same mistakes as NAFTA (Real News. 6m)
NAFTA in perspective (Economy in Crisis. 3m)
NAFTA and Mexican agriculture (Real News. 8m)
TTIP - Wolf in Sheep's clothing (RAWW)