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Article by Tony Barber published on The Financial Times, 16 September 2014 Amid disillusion with establishment parties, the radical right cannot be ignored. Read the article

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Date: 16 September 2014


Article by Alyn Smith  published on Open Democracy, 15 September 2014 The real risk to Scotland’s place in the EU comes from Westminster, UKIP and the Tories. Read the article

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Date: 15 September 2014


Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 12 September 2014 Behind the scenes, Germany quietly asserts its influence in Brussels. Read the article

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Date: 12 September 2014

catalonia scotland

Article published by Valentina Pop on EU Observer, 8 September 2014 Scotland and Catalonia both have strong independence movements, but their paths to this goal are very different. Read the article

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Date: 10 September 2014


Article by Adair Turner  published on Project Syndicate, 8 September 2014 European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s recent speech at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has excited great interest, but the implication of his remarks is even more startling than many initially recognized. Read the article

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Date: 9 September 2014


Article published by Euractiv, 8 September 2014 Poland has proven it is possible to sustain economic growth without relaxing fiscal discipline. Read the article 

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Date: 8 September 2014


Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 5 September 2014 The debate over the EU’s top jobs has little to do with Europe’s many challenges. Read the article

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Date: 5 September 2014


Article published on the EU Observer, 3 September 2014 Brussels is about to be shaken up. And it feels good. On 1 November – if all goes to plan – a new team of EU commissioners will take up office. New faces will front foreign policy and co-ordinate EU member states at PM level. Read […]

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Date: 4 September 2014


Article by Jean Pisani-Ferry published on Project Syndicate, 31 August 2014 Central bankers are often proud to be boring. Not Mario Draghi. Two years ago, in July 2012, Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, took everyone by surprise by announcing that he would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. Read the article

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Date: 3 September 2014


Article by Dan Steinbock published on EU Observer, 2 September 2014 It is the differences in the way the United States and Europe tackled the global financial crisis that explain why the US economy is recovering, whereas the eurozone is in a lost decade. Read the article

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Date: 2 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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