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Where is the political debate on the EU? With Liesbeth van de Grift

On February 4th, Liesbeth van de Grift will join in a debate on the question of the role of expertise in governing the EU. The discussion is part of an online conference organised by the Dutch Research Council. After a column spoken by Caroline de Gruyter, Europe correspondent for the newspaper NRC, Liesbeth and colleagues Cees…

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Video: Wie is verantwoordelijk voor veilige vaccins?

Nu vaccins volop in de aandacht staan, dook Koen van Zon in de geschiedenis van de regulering van vaccinveiligheid. Daarbij stuitte hij op het softenonschandaal uit de jaren ’60. In deze video gaat hij met hoogleraar privaatrecht Elbert de Jong in gesprek over de vraag wie de verantwoordelijkheid draagt voor veilige vaccins. Voor de blog…

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Call for Papers: Conference ‘Towards A Social History of European Integration’

Conference ‘Towards A Social History of European Integration’ 18-19 October 2021, Utrecht Fishermen blocking the port of Calais, consumer groups lobbying the European Commission, fair-trade activists criticising European trade policies, and farmers and their tractors taking to the streets in Brussels: these are all examples of actors and stories that do not often make it…

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Koen van Zon op NPO Radio 1 over het Softenonschandaal en het coronavaccin

Op woensdag 2 december was Koen van Zon te gast in De Nieuws BV om te praten over de regulering van medicijnveiligheid in het kader van het aankomende coronavaccin. De aanleiding was zijn blog Why comparisons between the corona vaccine and thalidomide do not hold: a historical take on public health scandals and the regulation of drug…

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Why comparisons between the corona vaccine and thalidomide do not hold: a historical take on public health scandals and the regulation of drug safety in Europe

As tests for several vaccines against the corona virus enter their final stages, sceptics raise concerns about the vaccine’s safety. They argue that the unprecedented speed with which the vaccines have been developed and the commercial interests that are at stake may come with risks to public health. In this context, one historical scandal continues…

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Workshop Report ‘The Contested Consumer: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Consumer Activism and Consumer Governance’

On 8 and 9 September 2020, the online workshop ‘The Contested Consumer’ brought together academics from history, social and political sciences to discuss the topics of consumerism and consumer governance from an interdisciplinary perspective. The aim of the workshop was to overcome internal fragmentation with academics studying the institutional developments regarding consumer protection from a…

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De invloed van burgers en buitenlui op de Europese integratie

Dr. Liesbeth van de Grift (Internationale en Politieke Geschiedenis) spreekt in de Volkskrant over de invloed van burgers en buitenlui op de Europese integratie. “Vanaf de jaren vijftig hebben veel mensen met Europees beleid te maken gehad”, stelt Van de Grift. “Landbouw-, visserij-, consumentenorganisaties, later ook milieuorganisaties, hebben geprobeerd invloed uit te oefenen. Dat is ook vaak gelukt. De…

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Koen van Zon op NPO Radio 1 over CETA en hormoonvlees

Koen van Zon was op dinsdag 25 februari te gast in de rubriek Feit of Fictie van EenVandaag op Radio 1. Onderwerp was het CETA-verdrag, waarover Koen een blog schreef op deze site met de titel Beef over beef. On CETA and the history of the European growth hormone ban.

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