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The Return of Geopolitics to Europe

An Opinion by Joschka Fischer published on November 2nd, 2015 on Project Syndicate

Russia is Europe’s neighbor, which means a modus vivendi is essential. At the same time, Russia’s geopolitical ambitions makes it a continual threat to Europe’s security.
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EU must press Turkey on press freedom

An Opinion by Nina Ognianova published on October 26th, 2015 on the EU Observer

Turkey, in turn, needs the EU’s help with strengthening its border controls and hosting the 2 million Syrian refugees already in the country.

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Safe Harbour invalidation puts EU data in quarantine

An Opinion by Cameron F. Kerry published on October 26th, 2015 on the EU Observer

The decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 6 October to invalidate the US-EU Safe Harbour Framework is the Smoot-Hawley tariff bill of the digital age.

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Ombudsman raps EU institutions on Catalonia

An Article by Helena Spongenberg published on October 20th, 2015 on EU Observer

EU treaties ‘do not foresee any procedure for a potential secession of part of the territory of a member state,’ the Ombudsman said

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Irish court orders probe into Facebook privacy case

An Article by Nikolaj Nielsen published on October 21st, 2015 on EU Observer

The court decision means that Ireland’s privacy watchdog will have to launch an investigation on whether to suspend the transfer of European Facebook users’ data to the United States.

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The Disintegration of Europe

An Opinion by Philippe Legrain published on October 19th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

The crisis in the eurozone has, of course, fragmented financial flows, caused economies to diverge, eroded political support for EU institutions, and set Europeans against one another.

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Refugees and Responsibility in Central Europe

An opinion by Michael Zantovsky published on October 19th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

In the debate about Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis, it is as if the clash between closed-minded chauvinism and open-hearted humanism had drowned out common sense.
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Pro-independence parties gain majority in Catalan parliament

An Article published by Helena Spongerberg published on September 28th, 2015 on the EU Observer

Pro-independence parties won a majority of seats in the Catalan parliament in Sunday’s election, giving them a mandate to try to break away from Madrid

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Rebuilding the Asylum System

An Opinion by George Soros published on September 26th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

The EU needs a comprehensive plan to respond to the crisis, one that reasserts effective governance over the flows of asylum-seekers so that they take place in a safe, orderly way, and at a pace that reflects Europe’s […]

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The Fire Forging Europe

An Opinion by Karl Bildt published on September 28th, 2015 on the Project Syndicate

The EU finds itself surrounded by a ring of fire, not of friends, with hundreds of thousands of people crossing its borders to escape the inferno.

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Lessons for the UK from the Greek Referendum

The Greek referendum offers four lessons in how not to conduct a national referendum about a country’s relationship with the European Union. The British government’s handling of a referendum on the country’s continued EU membership shows that it has not yet fully  learned three of these lessons.

*1st  Make the question […]

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How democratic is the Greek referendum?

Alexander H. Trechsel

It could hardly get any more dramatic in the negotiations between the EU and the Greek government. The clock is ticking and if no solution can be found during this very week a Southern European country, member of the Eurozone, will go bankrupt – with unforeseeable consequences for […]

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Bulgaria: The Non-voters in Power

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, […]

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The 2014 EP elections: From “nine second-order national elections” to twenty-eight separate European elections?

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 […]

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More information increases the chance of a Scottish yes vote

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 […]

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Explaining willingness to use the European Citizens’ Initiative

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, […]

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The European sovereign debt crisis: a watershed for EU support

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’ […]

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Thomas Christiansen

More European Democracy = More Parliamentary Bureaucracy?

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 […]

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Politics of franchise, politics of referenda

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 […]

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Morten Egeberg

The technocratic European Commission – a myth?

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 […]

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