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Article by Dimitar Bechev  published on Open Democracy 20 October 2014 A look at the ‘lessons learned’ from EU’s experiences in Bulgaria and Romania, reflecting on their meaning for Turkey’s accession process and the Union’s ability to bring about significant reforms in that domestic setting. Read the article

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Date: 20 October 2014

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Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 17 October 2014 Populist parties are narrowing governments’ options in Europe. Read the article

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Date: 17 October 2014

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Article by Mary Honeyball  published on EU Observer, 15 October 2014 The British commissioner Designate, Jonathan Hill, has now passed every test bar one, the vote in plenary. Read the article

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Date: 15 October 2014

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Article by Andrea Filippetti published on Open Democracy, 13 October 2014 European integration has made secession more viable and less costly. Expect Scotland to be the first of many nations to take their calls for self-determination to the ballot box. Read the article

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Date: 14 October 2014

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Article published on Euractiv, 13 October 2014 Belgium’s decentralized system favours greater autonomy for regions and results in an effective governance, improving service delivery to citizens and enhancing democratic stability, according to the President of the Committee of the Regions, Michel Lebrun. Read the article

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Date: 13 October 2014

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Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 10 October 2014 France’s fiscal laxity is losing its friends in Brussels and elsewhere. Read the article

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Date: 10 October 2014

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Article published on Euractiv, 9 October 2014 Arnaud Montebourg criticised the fragility of the French-German relationship at a forum on the future of Europe, describing it as a grave cause for concern, along with the rise of nationalist politics. Read the article

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Date: 9 October 2014

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Article by Ana Palacio published on Project Syndicate, 7 October 2014 The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has been a hot topic of analysis for almost a year. But one question has largely escaped thorough examination: what Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine indicates about the European Union’s foreign policy. Read the article

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Date: 8 October 2014

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Article by John Weeks published on Open Democracy, 6 October 2014 The instigators of these anti-social and anti-democratic policies, rules and treaties defend them as the mechanisms to bring recovery, end fiscal deficits and reduce public indebtedness. Were they successful, their authoritarian nature should make them unacceptable. Read the article

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Date: 7 October 2014

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Article by Alex Barker and Peter Spiegel  published on The Financial Times, 5 October 2014 While pitching to be Europe’s digital chief, Germany’s Günther Oettinger insulted Hollywood victims of hacking for being “dumb enough” to publish their naked selfies online. He passed his Brussels confirmation hearing with flying colours. Read the article

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Date: 6 October 2014
Debating Democracy
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VescoPaskalev

Vesco Paskalev The non-voters announced they have won the elections and are now ready to form a government. This is how a popular website for bogus news commented the results of the latest parliamentary elections in Bulgaria, where the turnout hit a historic low at less than 50%. Sadly, this is not far from the […]

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Date: 20 October 2014

DeSioLorenzo

Lorenzo De Sio Among political commentators, in the months and weeks preceding the European Parliament elections, 22-25 May 2014, there was a not uncommon expectation that these might be the first truly European elections. After the economic crisis and the increasing centralization of economic policies in the Eurozone, citizens were expected to understand: that Brussels […]

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Date: 13 October 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: 29 August 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

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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

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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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