Bursting the Bubble

Ed Gavaghan

Ed Gavaghan

About Ed

Ed is a founding member of EuropeanPublicAffairs.EU.


An alumni of Aston University (UK) where I studied English Language & European Studies, with a one year placement at Korea University (SK) focusing on Asian politics, international trade, economics and history. Understanding the fractious Anglo-European relationship, as well as gaining first-hand knowledge of key international institutions, was at the heart of my decision to specialise in European Public Affairs at Maastricht University (NL).


Previously working at the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, editor of EuropeanPublicAffairs.eu, and now a researcher in the UK, I have a passion for policy analysis, Tarantino films, travelling, aviators and explaining the rules of cricket to anybody who will listen.


Email: egavaghan[at]europeanpublicaffairs.eu

Twitter: @epgavaghan / @EUPublicAffairs


Articles by Ed:

The Brexit Task Force: Who’s Who and When to Pay Attention

29 March 2017

The long-awaited Brexit negotiations can finally commence between the UK and EU. Although much has been written about the activities here in the UK as the DexEU team gets up and running – despite the staff shortage recently reported – only limited comment has been focused on the EU’s Brexit Task Force. This week, both the […]

Is Europe being left behind in nuclear energy development?

4 July 2016

Brexit has taken most of the column inches recently throughout Europe, but amongst the ever changing tectonic plates of European geopolitics, day-to-day governance on a range of issues continues at pace. None are more important and potentially critical to the European energy sector than the future of nuclear development – both new build and plant life […]

What does the election of Alexander Van der Bellen mean for Austrian (and EU) energy and climate policy?

25 May 2016

On Monday 23 May, the Green Party candidate, and former Interior Minister, Alexander Van der Bellen, beat Freedom Party hopeful Norbert Hofer in the Austrian Presidential election by a margin of 31 000 votes, gaining 50.3% of the popular ballot versus 49.7%, from a total of 4.64 million cast, ending one of the closest election […]

The EU Circular Economy Package: What it is vs. What it means

18 December 2015

Following a year long delay, the revised EU Circular Economy Package (CEP): Closing the loop – an EU action plan for the Circular Economy was launched by Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission (EC) earlier this month (2 December). The long-awaited report aims to recognise and outline a clear path towards a sustainable and […]

UK soft power still holds sway as two ECJ decisions go their way

7 October 2015

On 6 October 2015, as the Conservative Party Conference was in full swing in Manchester, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a significant boost to the Conservative government through two rulings validating current UK actions under question by the EU. Both cases had contributed to the toxic #Brexit debate, which is currently ongoing in the […]

What should be in the 2015 State of the Union?

8 September 2015

As President Juncker puts together the final touches to his State of the Union address, scheduled to be held at 09.00 CMT on Wednesday 9 September. EuropeanPublicAffairs.eu has provided a wishlist from each of our contributors on what they hope this year’s address will focus on, ranging from unemployment, social inequality, defence, skill development and energy. Feel free […]

The Dash for Gas – unconventional gas exploration and European exploitation

23 June 2014

Since the unconventional gas (otherwise known as shale gas or fracking) boom in the US over the last decade, Europe has been trying to diversify its energy and carbon emissions supply chain in order to: 1) meet European binding 2020 energy and emission targets; and 2) combat the rapid importation of cheap coal which is […]

Power struggle for the EU Presidency: will the UK manage to block Juncker?

3 June 2014

With the recent European Parliament (EP) elections now past, the month long wrangling over whom will be selected as EU Commission President in place of President Barroso has begun. With the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty procedure due to be enacted for the first time – which sees the European Council (national Government’s) put forward […]

#EUDebate2014 – EU Commission candidates outline their policies, but was anybody listening?

30 April 2014

On Monday 28th April, the first EU Presidential debate took place between four of the candidates campaigning to become EU Commission President at the end of 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz, Guy Verhofstadt, and Ska Keller (Alexis Tsipras chose not to take part), held in the birthplace of the EU, Maastricht. Organised by the European […]

Will the UK remain in the European Court of Human Rights?

10 February 2014

For the past twelve months, there has been a growing clamour within the UK government to re-evaluate our relationship with Europe. Most of these issues stem from a deeply held political mistrust of European legislation, no matter how beneficial, worthwhile, or economically motivated that legislature may be, there is a view that if it comes […]

EU 2030 Objectives: emissions vs. renewables

30 January 2014

Following the recent publication of the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies by the European Commission (EC), I was struck by the political struggle over what, to many people, would seem like a trivial choice of phrase: emissions or renewables. Behind the serene diplomatic curtain of these negotiations the key battleground has been whether […]

Carbon Capture & Storage – The dilemma of future energy strategies

13 November 2013

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) has long been labelled as a key component of any future energy strategy devised at global, EU or national level. The EU has been intent on creating a commercially viable CCS project by 2020 in order to fuel growth, jobs, exports, and help set future emission targets for 2030 and […]

The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) – from EU initiative to global impact

30 September 2013

Since 2005, the EU ETS has led the charge for a stable and market-led carbon price across the European Union. Now, in its 8th year, the merits and future of the ETS, and its role across transnational industries, is looking likely to dominate the political landscape before the current European Commission engages in its timely […]

Thank you – from the EuropeanPublicAffairs.eu team

31 July 2013

In January 2013, 24 young, international, professionals studying at Maastricht University collaborated to form and launch a blogging platform for comment and debate. The result was EuropeanPublicAffairs.eu. Working together over the course of the last 6 months with a common goal of highlighting and sharing our viewpoints on EU policy has been a pleasure. But […]

Priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency

17 July 2013

The transition from the Irish to Lithuanian Presidency on July 1st was somewhat overshadowed in the media by the accession of Croatia (which European Public Affairs covered via a selection of special articles) to the European Union. The importance of the rotating Presidency, and its place within the framework of EU decision-making, must not be […]

Croatia and the European Parliament

2 July 2013

With Croatia being warmly welcomed as the newest member of the European Union this week, it’s worth noting the impact and affect a 28th member state will have on the entrenched EU institutions as they approach a critical year in terms of power play and positioning. With the 2014 European elections due to take place […]

EU Competition: One for All, or All for One?

15 May 2013

The EU economic recovery has been a slow and tortuous process, the debate singularly focused on austerity with the pretence of balancing the books across the Union (no matter the market strength or diversification of that state), stalling all other avenues of economic debate. However, this increasingly jars with the economic rhetoric amongst the member […]

Growth via Trade is Plan A, also Plan B, C, D and E…

2 April 2013

2008 will forever, in this generation’s eyes at least, be synonymous with the global financial crisis which continues to dominate the political and social spectrum across the European Union. Even now, 5 years later, the EU is still trying to claw its way out of economic stagnation. The recent Cyprus ordeal is just one further […]

A small step for the European Parliament, a giant leap for CAP

15 March 2013

The news which hit the Brussels based Associated Press on Monday evening (11th March 2013) may not sound like a big deal to many Europeans. The announcement that over 350 proposed amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will go before the full European Parliament (EP) plenary session on Wednesday (13th March) will probably just […]