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Macedonia to face thousands of EU-bound migrants

An article published by Nikolaj Nielsen published on August 26th, 2015 on EU Observer

Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia on a daily basis throughout the next several months, as the European Commission eyes court action against over a dozen member states for violating asylum rules.

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EU states favour Christian migrants from Middle East

An opinion by Andrew Rettman published on August 21st, 2015 on EU Observer

EU member states with a Roman Catholic heritage are showing a preference for taking in Christian migrants, despite their obligations under EU law.

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EU free movement put into question at Vienna summit

An Opinion by Nikolaj Nielsen published on August 27th, 2015 on EU Observer

EU politicians are threatening to dismantle the bloc’s free-movement rights amid calls to revamp asylum rules, due to the surge in the number of people seeking refuge in Europe.

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Greece in tatters: Why snap election can’t save nation in crisis

An opinion by Angelos Chryssogelos published on August 21st, 2015 on CNN

The only certain winners will probably be the Neo-Nazi party of Golden Dawn, buoyed both by Tsipras’ “treason” and by the severe immigration pressures Greece faces.

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How the IMF Failed Greece

An Opinion by Arvind Subramanian published on August 13th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

Greece was offered two stark choices: Leave the eurozone without financing, or remain and receive support at the price of further austerity. But Greece should have been offered a third option: Leave the euro, but with generous financing.

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Greece’s Aid Addiction

An Opinion by Dambisa Moyo published on August 10th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

The ongoing Greek debt saga is tragic for many reasons, not least among them the fact that the country’s relationship with its creditors is reminiscent of that between the developing world and the aid industry.

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Greece hopes for bailout deal this week

An Article by Eric Maurice published on August 10th, 2015 on EU Observer

Greece needs the up-to €86 billion bailout before next Thursday (20 August), when it has to repay €3.2 billion to the European Central Bank (ECB).

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A New Deal for Debt Overhangs?

An Opinion by Kenneth Rogoff published on August 4th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

o what is the way forward? Deeper European integration, stricter equity requirements for banks, and deeper but homegrown structural reforms are certainly key elements of any solution. Further aid to the European periphery is still badly needed.

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Rule, Germania

An Opinion by Harold James published on July 30th, 2015 on Project Syndicate

Germany’s obsession with rules long predates the current eurozone crisis. The country’s policymakers always insisted that Europe could not have a common currency without first achieving economic convergence. But that looked like it would never happen.

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Hollande’s limited eurozone vision

An Analysis by Eric Maurice published on EU Observer

With his proposals for a more integrated eurozone, French president Francois Hollande seems to offer a vision that goes beyond to the Greek crisis and how to solve it. But he did not announce any detailed initiative nor a timetable.

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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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DeSioLorenzo

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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DavideMorisi

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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TheresaKuhn

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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