Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

News 2015

New book release: Social policy and the Eurocrisis


Whatever happened to Social Europe? The promise of Jacques Delors seems to have spawned a flurry of European Union directives, yet has since fizzled out. This edited volume, bringing together a team of international interdisciplinary experts from across Europe, systematically explores the EU's social policy activities, both before and after the Eurocrisis. The contributors examine how and why the great expectations remained unfulfilled, but also move the scholarly debate beyond the emphasis on courts and markets. European Commission policy entrepreneurship, eastern enlargement, the shifting ideological contours of European Social Democracy, and the spirit of the Lisbon Agenda have all led to market creation taking strong precedence over market correcting policies. This insightful and comprehensive volume will be of great interest to European Union scholars and practitioners alike.


Amandine Crespy is Lecturer in Political Science and European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, Science Po in Paris and Harvard University. Her research deals with political conflict related to the social and economic integration in the EU. Her research has been widely published in international journals and books.

Georg Menz is Professor of Political Economy and Jean Monnet Chair at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, and Visiting Professor of European Politics, University of Pittsburgh, USA. His previous monographs include Varieties of Capitalism and Europeanization (2008) and The Political Economy of Managed Migration (2010). He is the co-editor of Internalizing Globalization (with Susanne Soederberg and Philip G. Cerny, 2005) and Labour Migration in Europe (with Alexander Caviedes, 2010). He has also published numerous journal articles. 

Tribute to Mrs Eliane Vogel-Polsky, Professor in ULB

The Institute of European Studies of ULB acknowledged with great sadness the death of Mrs Eliane Vogel-Polsky, who has been for many years Law Professor in our University and Director of research in the Sociology Institute.

Odysseus Network New Project OMNIA

Introducing the new OMNIA Project which aims to strengthen the community of experts in the area of European immigration and asylum law.


The Odysseus Academic Network – a network of European experts in the area of immigration and asylum law based in ULB – is launching its new OMNIA project ( ) with the support of the European Commission through its Jean Monnet Activities.

The aim of the project is the improve the tools available to its target audience, which includes researchers, policy makers, practitioners, non-governmental organisations, and national, European and international institutions.

New Book Release: "How Germany unified and the EU enlarged"


Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation

Based on original empirical research that includes 90 interviews with key leaders, this book compares and contrasts negotiations during the processes of German unification and Eastern enlargement of the EU, with particular attention to the Czech Republic. It develops two models of political integration and suggests that such integration can take place by means of a take-over (Transplantation), or by the joining entity adjusting to the norms and institutions of the accepting party (Adaptation). In addition to an exploration of these two different models and a detailed examination of the two cases, the book points to other historical examples of Transplantation and Adaptation and formulates lessons for where future research might travel, temporarily and geographically, in the cases of other political integrations. Providing new insights into German unification and European integration, this text is key reading for academics, advanced undergraduate and graduate students in EU Politics, as well as policy-makers and the wider public.