Europe in Review

Europe in Disarray

It was not all that long ago that Europe appeared to be the part of the world most closely resembling the end-of-history idyll depicted by Francis Fukuyama at the end of the Cold War.

But in what by historical standards constitutes an instant, the future of democracy, prosperity, and peace in the continent has become uncertain.

The last decade started with a European debt crisis that erupted in the wake of the Great Recession around late 2009 and ended with the immense human toll and economic wreckage caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.

In between these two systemic crises, the European Union, for its part, gradually lost its hold on public imagination, all the while it had to cope with renewed Russian aggression to its Eastern borders, a surge in refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, a breakdown in its Schengen system of borderless travel, and the United Kingdom vote to leave the Union.

All these crises challenged centralist visions of ever-deeper integration and soft-power expansion. The political mainstream’s abandonment of traditional values spurred a voter revolt toward populist movements on both left and right in most of its member states, and the systematic erosion of democratic principles in some of its newer member states like Hungary and Poland.

This turn inward comes at a time when the world’s centre of gravity shifts towards the Indo-Pacific, and the rules-based order the European Union embodies is coming apart globally.

Consequently, keeping up to date with what is happening in Europe and further afield, and understanding all the issues, from various angles, has never been more taxing, or more important.

About the forthcoming Europe in Review

As working professionals who understand the ever-growing demand for thoughtful observations and actionable advice, we are delighted to announce our soon-to-be launched multimedia platform Europe in Review (‘EiR’).

EiR aims to serve as a reputable forum and valuable resource for academics, practitioners and the interested public alike. Topics covered relate to Constitutional Politics & Human Rights, Security & Defense, and International Relations & Geopolitics in Europe, and beyond.

The regional focus of EiR is broadly conceived. Some entries may focus specifically on European issues; others will bring one of the many European perspectives to bear on issues of global concern. Still others will be of more general interest to scholars, practitioners, and policymakers located in or working on Europe.

In keeping with its mission, EiR combines for separate information channels:

Europe Monthly

An independent news review, Europe Monthly is designed for readers who require a regular, comprehensive summary of the most critical political and strategic developments. More than a news digest, this monthly compilation links current events to medium- and long-term geopolitical trajectories, helping you to keep abreast of new developments and form your own opinion on key issues.

Think of it as a step back and a deep breath at a time when both are of the essence.

Europe in Depth

Europe in Depth is an open access platform providing researchers, scholars, and practitioners with a forum to publish in a broad range of formats on crucial events or long-term trajectories in Europe.

The aim is to add depth and context to breaking stories, with an Internet-quick turnaround between submission and publication.

Our expedited editing process makes Europe in Depth an attractive platform for many researchers, journalists and practitioners, who would like to promote new research findings or get some initial thoughts down before committing their ideas to more formal publication avenues.

While all submitted manuscripts are initially reviewed by our Editorial Board, if desired be the author, some may also be sent out for double-blind peer review, typically to a minimum of two independent reviewers.

European Forum

The European Forum – a professional networking platform – publishes information on job openings, events, publication announcements, and other opportunities such as scholarships and grants, both in Europe and internationally.

It also provides an invaluable repository of experts and institutions, designed to help journalists, industry partners and those looking for expert witnesses find the specific expertise they need, help experts spread the word about their subject matter expertise, and, for academic institutions, build a strong brand and media presence.

Archive

Finally, our constantly growing Archive greatly facilitates in-depth research on particular regions/topics and allows you to identify the larger trajectories that shape legal and political realities in Europe.

Whether you are a researcher, historian or you simply want to know more about a particular region or topic, our Archive is a great starting point.

As we continue our work on this new digital institution, we invite you to submit your thoughts on the platform and suggestions for what you might like to see on the website. As always, you can write to us at contact@cpg-online.de, or on Twitter: @CenterCpg

Whatever your level and area of interest, we hope you will find EiR readable, informative and stimulating.

Join Us

Are you interested in the intersecting field of law and politics and want to help producing an unmitigated and balanced picture of the issues, events, and forces shaping Europe? There are plenty of ways you can get involved with us!

We encourage you to read through this page to learn about the roles you may take on.

1. Europe in Review Volunteering Program

EiR offers many editorial and non-editorial positions as part of its Volunteering Program. These roles greatly contribute to the operation of the platform for the benefit of its readers, contributors and partners.

Depending on your skills, abilities and career interests, you may choose between the three voluntary roles below, each of which allows you to get involved with a particular channel within EiR. While you will commit a more significant percentage of your time to this specific role, you may also engage with other tasks and responsibilities if desired.

  • Europe Monthly Contributor: You will be responsible for researching, conceptualizing, and writing concise and comprehensive contributions on particular countries and/or topics and occasionally conduct interviews. You will closely cooperate with a regional editor, who will revise your work and request additional edits if needed.
  • Europe in Depth Associate Editor: This is a versatile role for volunteers who wish to work on a wider range of publications. You will process submitted manuscripts, help the editorial team make decisions on submissions, and attract new authors and contributions in cooperation with a lead editor.
  • Communications & Engagement: You will liaise with our network of experts and institutions, reach out to new partners and generate advertising revenues. Together with our editorial team, you will plan and organize online events, prepare attractive infographics, and observe the job market, relevant events, calls and new publications.

                                             

Why get involved?

Working for EiR will provide you with excellent learning and career development opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence.

Although EiR membership is a valued credential for academic practice or career development, members of the Editorial Board gain much more:

  • The opportunity to broaden their academic connectivity around Europe and further afield,
  • leads on professional opportunities,
  • the benefit from the analytical and writing skills they develop through the EiR experience,
  • the opportunity to publish their own work,
  • the experience of supervision or mentorship by world class experts in the field,
  • and the satisfaction of having made significant contributions to a serious digital institution.
Requirements

It is not expected that all applicants will possess a strong understanding of EiR’s areas of interest. If you come from a different academic area but would like to contribute your skills and creativity to the development of our platform, we encourage you to apply.

We will consider extracurricular activities, editorial potential (including any legal publishing or general publishing experience as authors, editors or both), diversity of background and the applicants’ ability to co-operate with the existing Editorial Board when selecting candidates to interview.

However, a genuine interest in working with us, and the willingness to learn, will be critical.

Also, if applying, you should be able to dedicate an equivalent of five hours or more each week. While the minimum duration of your commitment may depend on the position you apply for, it should be at least for six months.

How to apply?

To apply, please send your application to Ms. Venus Phuangkom (careers@cpg-online.de).

In your email, please tell us – in less than 500 words – about your academic past/present/future plans and what type of content you would like to work on.

We appreciate a focused application highlighting your interest/developing expertise in a specific area/country.

We will respond to every application as soon as we can. Usually this is within ten working days of receipt of your application, though at busy times it can take longer.

2. Europe in Review Internship

Tertiary students and recent graduates who seek academic connectivity, experienced mentorship and a potential steppingstone to future professional opportunities may consider applying for the Europe in Review Internship.

This internship is designed explicitly to allow flexible contributions based on the free time you have between other activities, such as exams and heavy assessment periods. But, if applying, you should have at least five hours to spare each week, for a minimum total of eight and up to 12 weeks.

Please note that due to the relative brevity of the internship, tasks may be assigned on a flexible basis, depending on the intern’s skills and interests, and EiR’s current needs (for example, if we anticipate undertaking a large project that will require intern assistance).

For more information on the general terms of the internship and how to apply, please visit the CPG Career Opportunities.