The Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ) is a fully peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published three times a year by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada.

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On August 28, 2023, the Policy Talks podcast team at iAffairs interviewed Professor Achim Hurrelmann on his piece in the 29th volume (1st issue) of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. Today, we are featuring his article and encourage you to listen to the podcast as a companion to this article: Find the podcast here


Brexit has forced Canada to reconfigure relations with its European partners: the European Union (EU), on the one side, and the United Kingdom (UK), now on the other. This article examines whether this reconfiguration has led to debates in the Canadian news media that reassess the purpose and priorities of Canada’s transatlantic relationships. Did Canada-Europe relations after Brexit become a more prominent issue in Canadian newspaper commentary? Which policy aspects were highlighted? How did evaluations of Canada’s European partners change? Which new controversies and divisions emerged within Canadian discourse about transatlantic relations? The study is based on an analysis of almost 1,900 commentary articles from six Canadian newspapers between June 2014 and June 2021.

About the Author

Achim Hurrelmann is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University. His research focuses on the politics of the European Union, with a particular emphasis on political discourses about European integration, the democratization of the EU, as well as Canada-EU relations.

About the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ)

Established in 1992, CFPJ is now Canada’s leading journal of international affairs. CFPJ foregrounds quantitative and qualitative methodologies, especially empirically based original studies that facilitate grounded and fresh analysis to serve theory, policy, and strategy development.

CFPJ is published by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and this third issue marks the end of its 30th year of publication. The publication can be viewed by following this link:

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