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Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist,  14 November 2014 Britain is running out of friends in Europe just when it needs them most. Read the article

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Date: 14 November 2014


Article by Sofia Bettiza published on BBC, 13 November 2014 The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, has gone to the European Parliament (EP) to present his programme to get a referendum in Italy on leaving the euro “as soon as possible”. Read the article

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Date: 13 November 2014

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Article by Thomas Huddleston published on EU Observer, 12 November 2014 What EU citizens will probably remember most about May’s European elections is the success of far-right parties. Read the article

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Date: 12 November 2014


Article by Nicole Scicluna published on Open Democracy, 9 November 2014 The eurozone did not arrive at the brink of collapse for lack of rules. But – perhaps befitting a political project pursued by legal and economic means – the rules that established the currency union often bent to political will. Read the article

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Date: 11 November 2014

Artur Mas

Article by Ashifa Kassam published on The Guardian, 10 November 2014 Artur Mas says symbolic poll is a ‘lesson in democracy’ and calls for a binding referendum on independence Read the article

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Date: 10 November 2014


Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist, 7 November 2014 Ireland is a good news story, but not quite in the way the EU would like. Read the article

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Date: 7 November 2014

podemos seumas

Article by Seumas Milne published on The Guardian,  6 November 2014 Six years after the crash, the centre cannot hold. Crisis and austerity are delivering polarisation and political fragmentation, and it’s happening almost everywhere across Europe. Read the article

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Date: 6 November 2014


Article  by  Sylvana Kolaczowska and Zselyke Csaky published on The EU Observer, 5 November 2014 The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago this week swept away the most glaring gaps in political and economic opportunity between Western and East Central Europe. Read the article

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Date: 5 November 2014

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Article published on Euractiv, 3 November 2014 On 1 November, some key provisions of the Lisbon Treaty entered into force: namely, the root-and-branch reform of the voting weights of member states in the Council of Ministers. Read the article

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Date: 4 November 2014


Article by Brindusa Fidanza published on Open Democracy, 31 October 2014 In the run-up to the next presidential elections in a country where politics has, for so long, been riddled with nepotism, corruption and a lack of sense of civic duty – you have to ask, is anything going to change? Read the article 

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Date: 3 November 2014
Debating Democracy
EUDO Debate


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


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


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

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