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The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence

CEUCE's mission is to foster institutional and people-to-people links between the Mountain West region of the United States and the European Union. With its interdisciplinary focus, CEUCE promotes research excellence, enhances undergraduate and graduate education, engages in extensive direct outreach, and fosters the emergence of new public-private-academic relationship toward making the University of Denver a crossroads between ourselves and the EU.

CEUCE is proud to announce that as of August 2015 it has been awarded two prestigious grants: The Jean Monnet Center of Excellence award from the European Union (EU) Commission and a two-year grant, ‘Getting to Know Europe’, from the EU Delegation (Diplomatic Mission) to the United States in Washington DC. Those grants will allow us to continue with CEUCE’s vocation, established at CU Boulder between 2007 and 2014 in sponsoring research, teaching, outreach and public diplomacy related to the EU.

The Academic Directors of CEUCE at Denver University are Professors Martin Rhodes and Rachel Epstein. Both have many years of experience and research expertise in EU affairs and comparative European politics and political economy. Felicia Naranjo Martinez, the Executive Director of CEUCE, has been with CEUCE since 2008 and brings with her, to CEUCE at DU, her many years of experience in development and network building around CEUCE in the Mountain West region and beyond.

This post, by CEUCE's Dr. Martin Rhodes, originally appeared in the Denver Dialogues series at, "Political Violence @ a Glance".
Brexit, the Rise of Populist Nationalism, and the Future of Europe – The outcome of the 'Brexit' vote is a disaster for Britain as well as for the European Union (EU). Unless something unexpected occurs, Britain will leave the EU after two years. Its economy will suffer and its politics will polarize still further. The EU, already flailing in its attempts to deal with multiple challenges, will have to cope with complex British exit negotiations, and the fillip the Brexit vote will give to far-right nationalist parties. Nationalism has been the scourge of European history (see Mark Mazower's Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century) and no one should underestimate the potency of those base instincts in European politics today...


Rhodes and Caporaso

CEUCE is pleased to announce that a new volume edited by Martin Rhodes and James Caporaso is now available from the Oxford University Press.  The Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis is the first book to provide a full and dispassionate account of the politics and economics of the Eurozone crisis, focusing on the interlinked origins and impacts of the Euro-Zone crisis and the policy responses to it. For more information, please check our Publications tab.

Brussel's Summer Tour: Teacher, Jake Harvey

"Travel is so important for me as a person, particularly as a teacher of the humanities, and in one course specifically about international politics. Aside from the obvious connections to my interest in the politics of the European Union, Brussels was not a city that I would have put in my top ten destinations prior to the Brussels study tour. Throughout this trip, however, I came to really appreciate Brussels – it is a uniquely international city, where languages on signs and in the metro were as varied as the people speaking them. I was eager to learn more about Europe and the city, and we spent a lot of our free time exploring what Brussels and Belgium had to offer. The chocolate is really as good as you'd imagine.

The tour itself provided me with so much critical information and many resources that I can take back to my students regarding European politics and governance. Additionally, the presenters had dynamic presentations and allowed participants to ask tough questions. We had presenters who came from Belgium, Britain, Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Romania, and Ireland. One of the most meaningful experiences was a roundtable with other teachers at the European school, where we shared our ideas, successes, and frustrations – and, again, got to ask tough questions and occasionally broke down stereotypes about our countries and systems. Finally, it was fascinating to observe the week of Brexit from Brussels and to hear the European reactions to it. I truly gained so much from this trip and cannot thank the CEUCE enough for this life-changing opportunity."

Click here for a video of Jake's travels!

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