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Article by Jan Zielonka published on Open Democracy, 15 April 2014 Those who bet their political career on EU reforms are likely to return from Brussels with little to show to their voters. It is time to embark on a more realistic European agenda. Read the article

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Date: 16 April 2014

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Article published on Euractiv, 14 April 2014 Many European politicians have mapped out social media strategies to win votes in the upcoming European election. But critics argue that politicians should not assume that they will be able reach the average citizen, warning that social media tends to favour populist politicians. Read the article

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Date: 15 April 2014

Europe’s rule of law in worst crisis since cold war, says Council of Europe chief

Article published by Joshua Rozenberg on The Guardian, 14 April 2014 Thorbjørn Jagland’s report on democracy in Europe argues lack of human rights in Ukraine paved way for Russia’s actions Read the article

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Date: 14 April 2014

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Article by Thomas Seymat published on Euronews,  11 April 2014 Rising voter frustration over the European project and perceived dwindling national sovereignty is likely to push voters to vote for Eurosceptic parties in the coming EU-wide elections, according to latest opinion polls. Read the article

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Date: 11 April 2014

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Article by Aram Ramsay published on Open Democracy, 10 April 2014 The European election is the last major political set piece event in the UK before Scotland votes on its constitutional future. Who wins that vote could have a profound impact on the country. Read the article

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Date: 10 April 2014

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Article by Brian Groom published on The Financial Times  7 April 2014 A large section of the young electorate is showing disenchantment with today’s politics. Read the article 

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Date: 7 April 2014

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Article published on The Economist, 4 April 2014 The legislature has stopped doing things, so it might as well start undoing things. Read the article  

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Date: 4 April 2014

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Article by Benjamin Fox published on EU Observer, 3 April 2014 Six EU commissioners will officially hit the campaign trail later this month as part of their candidacies for May’s European elections. Read the article

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Date: 3 April 2014

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Article by Jean Pisani-Ferry published on Project Syndicate, 31 March 2014 Jacek Rostowski, Poland’s finance minister until last November, recently suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have dared to annex Crimea if he had not observed Europe agonizing over a solution to the euro crisis. Is Rostowski right? Read the article

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Date: 2 April 2014

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Article by Valentina Pop published on EU Observer, 31 March 2014 France’s ruling Socialists on Sunday (30 March) suffered a bruising defeat in local elections, with the centre-right claiming victory and the anti-EU National Front making further gains – a possible foreshadowing of the upcoming EU elections. Read the article

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Date: 1 April 2014
Debating Democracy
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Vesco Paskalev As the world is watching how Russia is using the Crimean referendum as politics by other means, the Bulgarian politicians have recently discovered how to use referenda to deal blows at each other too. The first ever referendum in the democratic history of the country was organized in January 2013. The initiative came […]

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Date: 26 March 2014

Morten Egeberg

Morten Egeberg  Ase Gornitzka  Jarle Trondal While recognizing fully the considerable range of formal instruments for holding the Commission to account that have emerged over the years, the starting question of our study* was to what extent the relationship between the European Parliament (EP) and the Commission forms a living inter-institutional tie where the Commission is virtually […]

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Date: 21 March 2014

Patrick Burkart

Patrick Burkart Interview with Patrick Burkart, author of the book Pirate Politics: The New Information Policy Contests, MIT Press, 2014 Professor, what are the cultural and political traits of the Pirate Party, its values and most significant political issues, its organizational model, its relations with activists and participants, and how does it see politics and […]

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Date: 12 March 2014

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Antoine Vauchez Yes indeed : as the EP’s slogan for the May elections has it : “this time is different”. But ‘difference” lies not in the reasons publicized by the EP’s public relations’ department. What is different this time is that the prospect of the gradual parliamentarization of EU polity, that has captured much of […]

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Date: 6 March 2014

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Sara Hobolt                       James Tilley The upcoming elections to the European Parliament look set to be more about ‘Europe’ than any previous European elections. Most notably, eurosceptic parties are making headway in the polls to an extent that could not have been imagined ten years […]

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Date: 27 February 2014

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Nicolò Conti The analysis presented in our book, Party Attitudes Towards the EU in the Member States: Parties for Europe, Parties Against Europe, was carried out in ten member states and covers two decades, finishing with the last European elections in 2009. We found that, whereas in the past twenty years most of the comparative […]

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Date: 20 February 2014

MartaCartabia

Marta Cartabia Democracy and subsidiarity are probably the main ideas and ideals of European construction. Both of them are at the same time open questions and unsettled issues for European integration. Certainly, after decades of evolution of European integration, both are still two difficult, polysemic, and dynamic concepts that are worth exploring. The argument that […]

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Date: 11 February 2014

Carlo Cerutti

Carlo Cerutti Political activity is largely a work of persuasion, a battle for the minds and, above all, the hearts of the governed (Boccalatte, 2008: 477). Both at the level of the Member States and at the level of the European Union, the trust and the affection of the citizens for political representatives are at […]

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Date: 29 January 2014

Lenaerts

Koen Lenaerts Does the EU suffer from a democratic deficit? The answer to this question, which has accompanied the EU integration project since its creation, depends on the factors which one prioritizes when assessing the EU’s democratic legitimacy. One may place greater emphasis on ‘input democracy’ and thus argue that a democratic deficit still exists […]

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Date: 17 January 2014

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John McCormick The last few years have not been happy ones for the European Union, faced as it has been by the crisis in the euro zone and by a rising tide of euroscepticism. But while the news has often been bad, is this because the EU is actually in trouble, or because the media […]

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Date: 14 January 2014
 

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