Contemporary European Politics 2021.  PO05-0E1-G
Teacher: David Rees
Head of Programme: Albrecht Sonntag  Secretary:  Sophie Forcadet  Syllabus
Evaluation: Mid-term test 20%. Group presentation: 20%. Exam 60%
Group B = ECH-PGE. Work Groups BGroup A = PGE-3A  Work Groups A
2021 student evaluation of the module

Programme 2021


Presentations and films
Lesson 1.
Group A. Tuesday 7 September
Room J812
Group B. Tuesday 7 September
Room J808
Epistemology, Empires and the EU
1. Epistemology
3. EU Members
6. Supranational European bodies (picture)
7. Supranational European bodies (key)
8. (Quiz in teams) EU Member countries

2. A history of empires (from 3000BC)
4. How to Join the EU (EU in Turkey. 2m)
5. European Enlargement (film from the IIEA)
9. Using the Reesonomics website, contact and communication
Lesson 2.
Group A. Tuesday 14 September
Room J812
Group B. Tuesday 14 September
Room J808

Enlargement 1.
European levels of integration
Case studies: Turkey and Cyprus
Finish 5. European Enlargement (film from the IIEA)
The future size of the EU / EEA European Countries
The Copenhagen criteria
Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries
EU European Neighbourhood states
Open Question. Group 1
A brief history of EU enlargement (film from The Economist)

Turkey - a lost opportunity (pdf DR)
Turkey and EU immigration
Introduction to the Armenian genocide (14m. Facing history and ourselves)
French genocide - book
French genocide - film (English subtitles available) 19m

Ottoman Empire 1
Ottman Empire 2
Ottoman Empire 3
Lesson 3.
Group A. Wednesday 28 September
Room J812
Group B. Wednesday 28 September
Room J808

Solving Europe

Preparation of presentations 'Solving Europe'
Global Risks
UN Global Issues
WEF Global Risks Report
EU - 10 issues to watch in 2021

Research and presentation groups

What do you think are the major social, economic and political problems facing the European Union today?


Lesson 4.
Group A. Tuesday 5 October
Room J804
Group B. Tuesday 5 October
Room J808

'Solving Europe' presentations
Open question. The different national results of Covid19.
Covid19 comparison.   Covid19 and Debt
Group presentations: 'Solving Europe' . Working group A

Group 1. Water Availability
Group 2. EU Immigration
Group 3. EU Debt
Debt Humour
Open question. Group 3.
Group presentations: 'Solving Europe'. Working group B

Group 2. EU Culture in Crisis
Group 3. EU Defence
Group 4. Global Warming
Group 5. EU Fishing Policy
Lesson 5.
Group A. Tuesday 12 October
Room J801
Group B. Tuesday 12 October
Room J808

'Solving Europe' presentations
Group 4. Inequality
Group 5. Pollution
Group 6. Health and Disease
Group 7. Food Security

Revision for the Mid-Term Test
Group 1. Water Availability
Group 6. ERASMUS and Education
Group 7. Global Warming

Revision for the Mid-Term Test
Lesson 6.
Group A. Tuesday 19 October
Room J804
Group B. Tuesday 19 October
Room J808

Common Agriculture Policy

Question. How can the European Union have an impact on the conflicts in the world?
The EU's international role
Strategic Europe
Disorder to chaos
Question. If a country were to leave the EU, should they be allowed to keep the Euro as their own currency ?
Using the Euro

CAP pdf. (EU Commission)
Farm Subsidies (

Agricultural import duties
US food subsidies

1. Introduction to CAP (video)
2. CAP (pdf DR)
3. Farm Subsidies film (
4. MacDonalds and food industrialisation
5. Feedlots
6. EU-MERCOSUR agreement signed
7. EU-MERCOSUR trade agreement (Fern 25)
8. EU-Mercosur trade agreement and EU agriculture
9. MERCOSUR trade agreement and European Beef
10. The Meatrix (video)
11. Questions (in your presentation groups)
12. Acronyms
 Lesson 7.
Group A. Tuesday 26 October
Room J808
Group B. Tuesday 26 October
Room J808

The Troika and Debt Control
Open Question. Is traditional agriculture doomed to disappear in the European Union ?

Open question:
"Since switzerland is officially a Schengen member but with very non-Schengen rules - do you think they should be sanctioned (and how?) or even banned or would you keep it how it is due to the benefits (which one‘s in your opinion)?"
Switzerland's Brexit moment
Switzerland bilateral agreement

Greek Ten-year bonds
Greek unemployment
The Privatisation of Greece
European privatisation of water

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

Greek debt crisis

Lesson 8.
Group A. Tuesday 2 November
Room J808
Group B. Tuesday 2 November
Room J808

Lobbying in the EU 

Lobbying Transparency Register (European Commission)
Fleishman Hillard
Hill and Knowlton

Direct and indirect lobbying: Danone

Biggest lobbyists in Brussels
Philip Morris in Brussels

Student case studies
Coca Cola

Billy wants a dog (flv) (US)
Lobbyists (flv) (US)
What does a lobbyist do? (flv) (Germany)
Lobbying presentation (pdf)

Regional fund recipients

CAP recipients

Lesson 9
Group A. Tuesday 9 November
Room J809
Group B. Tuesday 9 November
Room J808

EU External Trade Agreements / Negotiations
Question: Should the EU introduce an immigration quota and if yes how can they decide the number of the immigrants a country should accept? And can the EU make a decision like this or the countries should decide about this themselves?


EU Trade Policy
1. Read EU Trade Policy pdf
2. Watch the video EU Trade Policy video (European Commission)
3. Open EU Trade negotiations (DG Trade). Scroll down and find 'Agreements in Focus'. Choose one trade deal and take notes (in preparation for your exam).
4. Watch Global Trade Agreements (TedTalks)

Many Trade Agreements include an ISDS. This is strongly criticised by many NGOs.
1. Watch What is ISDS?
2. Watch ISDS in Australia / US Trade Agreement
3. Here are some ISDS Case Studies .
Choose one case study (or find another one) and do some research. Again, take notes of your case study in preparation for your exam.

Lesson 10
Group A. Tuesday 16 November
Room J806
Group B. Tuesday 16 November
Room J808

WTO and Trade Wars
Today's question: What are the limits of the EU's power? How can citizens be better integrated into decision-making?
How democratic is the EU?
Direct voting

The WTO (2m. CGTN) 
Map of WTO disputes (Research)
Trade Disputes (WTO. Find disputes) Research - Dispute by subject.
WTO dispute settlement paralysis (3m. CIGI. 2020)
Banana Trade Wars (4m. EPP. 2011)
Airbus / Boeing trade war. Retaliation. (1m. Reuters. 2019)
Airbus / Boeing trade war truce (2m. DW News)

Further research.
Airbus / Boeing Duopoly and competition. 15m Mentour Pilot.
(See Links / Airbus for more information)
EU - MERCOSUR Trade Agreement
1. Watch EU Mercosur trade agreement agreed by the EU Commission
2. Watch EU Mercosur trade agreement and agriculture (EuroNews)

The Keynes solution to International Trade (pdf. DR)
Discussion. Free Trade / Fair Trade / Protectionism?
Help me stop copyright trolling!
Google 'PicRights reesonomics'

Lesson 11
Group A. Tuesday 23 November
Room J808
Group B. Tuesday 23 November
Room J808

EU budget
Mid-term test answers
Mid-term map answers

Tobin Tax and FTT (4m)

European Financial Transfer Tax (FTT) (DukasCopy 2.5m)
Public social spending comparison pdf
World tax comparison
Tax revenues OECD
Fiscal policy pdf DR

Group Fiscal Policy Research and Proposals
Income tax
Corporation tax
Fuel duty
Alcohol duty
Tobacco duty
Inheritance and Wealth tax

Lesson 12.
Group A. Tuesday 30 November
Room J808
Group B. Wednesday 17 November
Room B511

Growth and Wealth

Intra-group research

Gini Index
Poverty levels in the world Index Mundi
HDI statistics (United Nations Development Programme)

Growth (with Green GDP and HDI)
200 years of history - wealth and health (BBC)

Wealth distribution exercise (Slide 2 only)

US Wealth Distribution. Politizane. 7m

Robert F. Kennedy speech on GDP (3m)

Lesson 13.
Group A. Tuesday 30 November
Group B. Tuesday 30 November

Fiscal Policy presentations
Group A

Income tax
Corporation tax
Fuel duty
Alcohol duty
Tobacco duty
Inheritance and Wealth tax

Group B

Income tax
Corporation tax

Alcohol duty
Tobacco duty
Inheritance and Wealth tax
Lesson 14.
Group A. Tuesday 7 December
Group B. Tuesday 7 December
Room J808

The future of the EU
French Covid debt
Exam revision

The end of the Euro?

The end of the European Union?
Your political position?

Module evaluation
Fuel duty

EU problems. Yanis Varoufakis. DiEM25

The German Miracle
Euro Structural Inflexibility (pdf DR)
French Covid-19-related debt


In Reserve

Final exam 2h (60%) Brexit update (humour)
Brexit timetable
Brexit pdf (Rees)
Brexit and the Irish border
Brexit fishing map
Scottish independence
Brexit and Airbus
Brexit and Airbus. Stats
Brexit and car sales
Brexit and UK - EU trade
UK non-EU trade
Post-Brexit trade
Pound sterling to US dollar
Pound sterling to Euro