Europa-Abend Marburg-Gießen online: Renewed Violence? The implications of Brexit on the peace in Northern Ireland

Termin / Date:
Mittwoch, 28. April 2021 - Mittwoch, 28. April 2021
20:00 Uhr - 23:00 Uhr / 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM CEST

Facebook-Seite zur Veranstaltung / Facebook page for the event

Zum Thema des Abends

23 years after the signing of the Renewed Violence? The implications of Brexit on the peace in Northern IrelandGood Friday Agreement and the end of the Troubles, which have led to the killings of more than 3.000 people, recent images from Belfast show that violence is on the rise again in Northern Ireland. Brexit has seemingly confirmed the fears that a British withdrawal from the European Union will eventually lead to a resumption of violent conflict. However, while violence and violent deaths have seen a great decline following the peace agreement, neither the paramilitary groups nor the violent attacks committed by them have ever disappeared with intensity being on the increase again for far longer than the 2016 referendum. Nonetheless, Brexit remains an often-raised issue by all conflict parties and is greatly affecting the conflict dynamics as both republican dissident and loyalist paramilitary groups try to capitalise on it.

During our next event on Wednesday 28 April at 8 P.M., to which we would like to warmly invite you, we will shed light on the topic and turn to questions such as: Who are the conflict parties and what are their goals and interests? How do recent events such as the Belfast riots fall into the context of violence? What are the main causes of conflict? And: what are the implications of Brexit on the peace in Northern Ireland?

Speaker of the evening: Jannis Kohlt, Master’s student at the University of Marburg in Political Integration and Economic Globalisation. During his studies, he focused on peace and conflict studies and most recently conducted research on the Northern Ireland conflict in preparation for his dissertation.

We look forward to seeing you!

About our European evenings (“Europa-Abende”)

Every second Wednesday we are meeting in Marburg for a European evening to discuss current European policy issues in a relaxed atmosphere. Even a worldwide pandemic is no reason for us to break with this tradition 🙂 – the only difference being that we are currently meeting in a virtual room instead of a café. Our European evenings are a great opportunity to talk to other European enthusiasts and to find out what JEF is all about.

You haven’t yet heard about JEF, but want to learn more about us and our activities? No problem! Whether alone or together with friends – you are more than welcome to come by! We would be delighted to have you with us!

And if you have any questions beforehand, do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form at the bottom of the page.

BigBlueButton – Notes on Usage

For our event, we use the open-source web conferencing software “BigBlueButton”.

For access you need

  • A compatible browser when using the site from your computer; BigBlueButton recommends using Fire­fox (down­load at or Google Chrome (download at; most other browsers (especially Safari or Internet Explorer) may have audio quality issues
  • A headphone to avoid feedback effects; it is best to use a wired headphone; there may be problems with Bluetooth headphones
  • A microphone; either it is integrated in your notebook or you would have to use a headset with microphone instead of a headphone
  • If you want to connect from your mobile phone, this works on Android (6.0+) via Chrome (already installed) or Firefox (download at:; on iOS (12.2+) via the standard browser Safari Mobile (already installed).

How to join the web conference

  • You will reveice a link from us that you can use to join the web conference.
  • Open the link shortly before the start of the event.
  • Enter your name.
  • Click on the “Teilnehmen” field.
  • You may have to wait a moment for us to let you in.
  • You will then be asked how you would like to join the conference – click on the “Mit Mikrofon” option on the left.
  • Then you have to allow the website to access your microphone by selecting the appropriate button.

Troubleshooting guide

  • Did you install an add blocker in your browser? If yes: deactivate it for the above website.
  • Did you install the latest version of your browser (recommended: Firefox or Chrome)? If not: Carry out an update.
  • Is the microphone activated in your operating system?
  • Did you allow access to your microphone in your browser for the above site?
  • Did you activate your microphone in “BigBlueButton“?
  • If you use wireless internet and have problems with the audio quality (be it that the other participants/you can only hear you/them broken or choppy), connect your computer to the internet router via a LAN cable. It may also help if you move closer to the internet router with your notebook / mobile phone or bring it closer to your computer.

How to change the microphone volume in Windows 10

  1. Right-lick the speaker icon on the taskbar in the notification area.
  2. Select “Sound Settings“.
  3. Click “Device properties” in the “Input” Section.
  4. Adjust the input level of the microphone by using the “Volume” slider.