Patrick Utz

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Patrick
Utz
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Research Fellow
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University of Edinburgh
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Patrick Utz is a PhD student in Politics at the University of Edinburgh and a research assistant at the Centre on Constitutional Change. His research focuses on minority nationalism and kin-state involvement in the European Union.

Before joining the University of Edinburgh, Patrick completed his MA at the University of Vienna and worked for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF.

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Research Fellow, Centre on Constitutional Change

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Elections to the European Parliament are often criticised for not being truly “European”. They are fought by national parties who tend to mobilise on national issues in nationally-defined constituencies. Yet during the last parliamentary term, one party comprised MEPs from two different member state... Read more
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Bavaria’s long-dominant party, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), has reached its worst election result in 60 years. As well as causing a headache for Angela Merkel, argues Patrick Utz, this political earthquake reveals Bavaria’s predicament between regionalism and populism,.   Bavaria,... Read more
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The promise of ‘change’ was key for the Austrian Christian democrats’ landslide victory in last year’s general elections. Recent sub-state elections, however, have perpetuated the influence of incumbent governors – and their power to veto reforms of Austria’s federal system. In light of current elec... Read more
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The twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement has been overshadowed by questions concerning the Irish border and the relationship between the North and South of Ireland in the wake of Brexit. Patrick Utz reflects on the volatile relationship between Northern Ireland’s communities and Europe... Read more
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Austria’s new centre-right government plans to introduce dual citizenship for members of Italy’s German-speaking minority. These plans have been met with suspicion or outright rejection by all parties in Rome but have been welcomed by many minority leaders. CCC Researcher Patrick Utz asks what it wo... Read more
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The 2017 referendums in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto may have received less international attention than events in Catalonia, says Patrick Utz, but they will have implications for the future of Lega Nord, Italian territorial politics and the future of austerity. The recent vot... Read more
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