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Why the Catalan independence process failed.

Here is an exercise to test your international relations skills. Please read the following statements, debate them and propose your own reasons and possible solutions. In the recent weeks we had some more colorful first pages on the newspapers, mainly … Continue reading

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Cooperation / EU / International

Myths of politics and cooperation #3: the saviour

One single man coming out from the dark and leading the people or the country to a better place… History and literature, in their simplifications, are filled with characters that allegedly shed some light on a -difficult- situation. Moses, Jesus … Continue reading

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Cooperation / International

Myths of politics and cooperation #2: the golden age

A strong image  to build the consensus against the present situation, the present government (any) or the distribution of power is the myth of the Golden Age. This item is about the memory – or the lack of it – and … Continue reading

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Cooperation / EU / European Comission / European programmes

Myths of politics and cooperation #1: the common position

  In the recent history of the European Union, one frequent remark has been about the difficulty in producing a common position over topics such as the EU approach to the international crisis in Ukraine or Syria, the Eurozone’s approach … Continue reading

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Cooperation / Cross-border affairs / EU / International / Regional development

Multi-level governance and legitimacy of local authorities in the European Union

How are regional authorities using their role as international players to build national recognition? The European Union promoted a wider room for manoeuvre for regional and local authorities, empowering them to be actor of international cooperation, a competence belonging mainly to … Continue reading

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EU / European Comission / European programmes / Regional development

Regional capacity building: new skills for empowered local and regional authorities

The Cold War promoted a new scheme for international alliances, pacts, and organisations. It simplified the nature of reality, being on this or that side of the Iron Curtain implied a full set of international orientations. The dismantling of the … Continue reading

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Artistic projects / Culture / Good practices

How creativity promotes competitiveness and sustainability in non-cultural organisations

My intervention as a guest lecturer to the Executive MBA of the Audencia School of management was the occasion to reflect on cross-innovation together with a group of 20 international students attending this master course. I am used to face an … Continue reading

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Cooperation / Culture / EU / Good practices

Urban regeneration and culture: the case of Nantes – France

On March 12th, 2015, I was among the speakers of the conference “Cultural crossovers” in the frame of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This event featured several contributions about the impact of cultural and creative industry crossovers for the … Continue reading

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