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Article by Eleonora Poli and Chiara Rosselli published on Open Democracy, 26 September 2014 The success of eurosceptic parties at the 2014 European elections was expected to mark a paradigm shift in both national and European politics. As the dust begins to settle, the eurosceptic wave may not be the catalyst for change many feared […]

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Date: 30 September 2014


Article by Joseph E. Stiglitz published on Project Syndicate, 26 September 2014 “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other pro-austerity European leaders appear to believe. […]

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Date: 29 September 2014


Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 26 September 2014 The European Union realises it is not designed to deal with the disintegration of members. Read the article

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Date: 26 September 2014


Article by Mark Rhinard published on Euractiv, 23 September 2014 The Juncker Commission will have vice-presidents with power over other commissioners but that may create more problems than it solve. Read the article

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Date: 25 September 2014


Article by Stjn Verhelst published on the EU Observer, 24 September 2014 Those who thought that a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum on independence would end discussions on the United Kingdom’s institutional architecture were sadly wrong. What’s more, the outcome may indirectly influence the EU and the eurozone’s functioning. Read the article

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Date: 24 September 2014

Angela Merkel Austerity Europe Germany

Article by Philippe Legrain published on Project syndicate, 23 September 2014 For 60 years, successive German governments sought a more European Germany. But now, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration wants to reshape Europe’s economies in Germany’s image. This is politically unwise and economically dangerous. Read the article

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Date: 23 September 2014


Article by Alex Sakalis published on Open Democracy, 22 September 2014 The Scottish vote has shown it is possible to have an independence referendum for nations within the EU. So who are the likely candidates to go next? Read the article

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Date: 22 September 2014


Article published on EurActiv, 19 September 2014 The Scottish referendum has had the benefit to set the stage for a broader discussion on the way governance functions in the UK and the EU at large. Read the article

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Date: 19 September 2014


Article by Valentina Pop published on EU Observer, 18 September 2014 Over 4 million people are set to cast their vote in the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday (18 September), with a record turnout expected as 97 percent of eligible voters have registered for the poll. Read the article

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Date: 18 September 2014


Article by Robert Skidelsky published on Project Syndicate, 16 September 2014 Whichever way the Scottish independence referendum goes, the spectacular rise of nationalism, in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, is a symptom of a diseased political mainstream. Read the article  

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Date: 17 September 2014
Debating Democracy
EUDO Debate


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


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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