Newsletter July 2023

EPS Newsletter – July


#1: Panel discussion on The European Commission’s Ex-Post Evaluation of the Economic Adjustment Programmes of Greece during the 2010-18 period

Greece has been at the forefront of the huge crisis that hit the Eurozone in the late 2000s. Three adjustment programmes later, the European Commission published its long-awaited evaluation report on this challenging experience.

What are this report’s key aspects and what main lessons are drawn? This question and more will be discussed in this Jean Monnet hybrid panel organized by Birkbeck, University of London on July 6, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m. See the details and online reservation at Birkbeck´s website.


EPS Excellence and Leadership Award

The call for Excellence and Leadership (ELA) has been launched and all first-year students are invited to apply. See the details of the call on the EPS website.

The deadline is August 31, 2023.


#1: Zweertkamertje at Leiden University

As thesis defenses are in the full spring, our newly minted MA EPS graduates from Leiden University will soon be able to sign their names in the University’s Zweertkamertje (Sweat Room), their signatures joining those of famous people, including those of King Willem-Alexander, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

All graduates can now benefit from the “digitalisation” of the Zweertkamertje to see if they can find their name! In the photo here, you can see one of our graduates from two years ago signing the wall, having returned to Leiden from Georgia to sign her name. See details about the tradition on the Leiden University website.

#2: EPS academics publish

Joost Augusteijn, the EPS chair at Leiden University, has published the book Mayo: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23 where he discusses a crucial formative influence on Mayo politics in the decades before the First World War.

Maxine David, the EPS academic coordinator at Leiden University, published an article “Nakedly Normative: A Feminist (Re-)Imagination of Planetary Politics” in the Journal of Common Market Studies in cooperation with Roberta Guerrina (University of Bristol) and Katharine Wright (Newcastle University). Authors ask the question: How can we build processes and political structures that equip us with what is needed to manage those tests now faced by the planet?

Martin Mejstřík, the EPS deputy financial director at Charles University, published with his colleagues Vladimír Handl (Charles University) and Tomáš Nigrin (Charles University) an article “Turnout of continuity? The German Zeitenwende and the reaction of the V4 countries to it” in the Journal of European Integration.

READING TIP: The Seven Churches (author: Miloš Urban)

Cannot you wait to go to Prague? The Seven Churches is “a Gothic Prague novel” that will take you through unknown and hidden places in Prague. The novel by Miloš Urban will show you the world of beautiful but terrifying Prague of the 19th century.


When does the EPS student status end if I graduate during the summer?

All EPS students have their student status until the end of September regardless of the partner university you defend the thesis. In other words, even if your defence takes place in July at UPF, you have a student status until the end of September.

Fingers crossed for finishing your EPS studies!

Do you have any hints, ideas, or tips for interesting events, calls, books, films, podcasts, etc.? Do not hesitate to reach us at Your feedback and contribution are highly appreciated.


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