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Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 25 July 2014 Germany has done much to atone for the past. Now it faces leadership, a greater burden Read the article

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Date: 25 July 2014


Article by Raphaël Kies and Patrizia Nanz published on Open Democracy, 24 July 2014 People are no longer content simply to take part in elections and to delegate all their power to political representatives. If Europe wants to create a direct link with the people, there is no other solution than to put the latter in a […]

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Date: 24 July 2014


Article published on Euractiv, 23 July 2014 Juncker’s election might mark a new phase of European construction. But the Union’s institutional, political and constitutional foundations need renovation. Read the article  

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Date: 23 July 2014

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Article by Michael J. Boskin published on Project Syndicate, 22 July 2014 Many Europeans have come to believe that they have weathered the economic and financial storm. In the last two years, deficits and debt have stabilized. Yields on the sovereign debt of the eurozone periphery’s weak economies have fallen sharply. Portugal and Ireland have exited […]

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Date: 22 July 2014


Post by Daniel Kenealy published on Europp, 21 July 2014 One of the most controversial arguments in the context of Scotland’s referendum on independence is the issue of whether an independent Scotland could make a seamless transition to EU membership and under what terms it would be able to join. Read the article 

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Date: 21 July 2014


Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 18 July 2014 Some Swiss lessons for the euro zone. Read the article

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Date: 18 July 2014


Article by Philippe Aigrain published on Open Democracy, 17 July 2014 The digital revolution has strengthened the ability of large organisations to arrange production in ways that weaken collective resistance, and to control and keep watch on our societies. But those who understand the dual role of this revolution also see possibilities for the regeneration of […]

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Date: 17 July 2014


Article by Valentina Pop published on EU Observer, 16 July 2014 Italian foreign affairs minister Federica Mogherini has emerged as a frontrunner for the EU foreign affairs job, but eastern member states find her too Russia-friendly and have threatened to block her appointment. Read the article

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Date: 16 July 2014


Article by  Jens-Peter Bonde  published on EU Observer, 15 July 2014 Parliamentarism means that a parliament elects a country’s prime minister and decides its laws. A majority can turn against the prime minister, in which case the government must resign or call an election. Read the article 

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Date: 15 July 2014

scotland secession

Article by Peter Singer published on Project Syndicate, 9 July 2014 The European Union has brought 28 countries into a closer political and economic union. Paradoxically, it has also made it more feasible to contemplate the breakup of some of those countries. Read the article

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Date: 14 July 2014
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Davide Morisi In less than two months the citizens of Scotland are going to decide on the future of their country in a clear-cut referendum. If Yes votes win the majority, Scotland will take the road for independence and might soon become the 29th member of the European Union. According to the polls on whatscotlandthinks.org, […]

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Date: 31 July 2014

Cigdem Kentmen-Cin

Cigdem Kentmen-Cin In the European Union (EU), the right of legislative initiative belongs to the European Commission. The European Parliament (EP), Council and member states can also ask the Commission to prepare draft proposal. This legislative process, however, has long been associated with a representation deficit since the EP, as the only directly elected institution, […]

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Date: 14 July 2014


Theresa Kuhn The European sovereign debt crisis constitutes a turning point in public opinion on European integration: It put EU issues high on the political agenda, and it reshuffled the structure and determinants of EU support, rendering questions of collective identity more important than ever. To be sure, the ‘permissive consensus’ on European integration, if […]

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Date: 7 May 2014

Thomas Christiansen

Thomas Christiansen   Anna-Lena Högenauer   Christine Neuhold Much has been made of the greater influence the European Parliament now wields as a result of the Lisbon Treaty. By comparison, the reception of the new powers gained by national parliaments in the EU has been more subdued, both in political practice and in the academic […]

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Date: 28 April 2014


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


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


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


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

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