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Call for papers

Sino-European relations

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2020

Relations with China are of increased significance for the EU. The realisation of the Belt and Road Initiative has created both opportunities and challenges for Brussels in its effort to benefit by investments and liquidity but also achieve a level playing field in negotiations with Beijing. The launch of the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy mirrors the European interest to maximise benefits and minimise risks. New uncertainties generated by policies of US President Donald Trump have also led the EU to employ a balanced approach. The purpose is to smoothly navigate between American security demands and Chinese technological attraction. The EU toolbox to secure 5G networks constitutes a remarkable example.

This special issue of L’Europe en formation seeks to join the debate on Sino-European relations and discuss previous tendencies and future perspectives by also taking into account the impact of the ongoing pandemic..
Themes of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Experiences from the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in EU-member states
  • The EU screening mechanism
  • The EU and security in South China Sea or in the Korean Peninsula
  • Chinese responses to EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy
  • The EU-China Investment Agreement
  • The impact of US President Donald Trump’s Presidency on Sino-European relations
  • The challenge of 5G networks and the triangle of EU-US-China
  • The 17+1 Initiative and Sino-European relations

Articles should be around 6000 words long. They can be written in French or English. The deadline for submission is 30 November 2020 (publication due in early 2021). 
Proposals for contribution should be sent to: and


Call for papers

 Post European parliamentary elections political and institutional landscape in the EU

Deadline for submission is April 17, 2020

The European parliamentary elections have revealed a more fragmented political landscape than ever before across the European Union. The two traditional dominant political blocs lost their majority (from 55 to 44%), mainly to the liberals and greens. Eurosceptic and nationalist parties have experienced varying fortunes at national level, and have made less progress than expected at European level (from 21 to 23%), but their national score has placed them in the lead in some countries (France, United Kingdom, Italy). One consequence could be a recomposition of political alliances in the European Parliament, as well as the emergence of shifting coalitions for votes depending on the subjects concerned (budgetary reforms, border controls, environment, etc.).
This special issue of "Europe in Formation" aims to take stock of these political and institutional transformations in order to understand in which direction they are moving the European project forward.
Contributions may cover the following topics:
- internal dynamics in the European Parliament and decisions on the main ongoing issues
- future of the "Spitzenkandidat" scheme
- new presidencies of the Commission and the Council and their consequences on the guidelines adopted for the European project
- the ECB under the chairmanship of C. Lagarde.

Requirements: Articles should be approximately 6000 words in length. They can be written in French or English.
The deadline for submission is April 17, 2020 (publication due in June 2020). 
Note that the final version of the articles and must comply with the author's instructions for articles, whether written in English or French (Click on links for detailed information).
Proposals for contribution must be sent to the following address: