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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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Schaeuble said to want to split EU commission powers

An article by Honor Mahony published on July 30th, 2015 on EU Observer

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble would like the competition and single market departments removed from the European Commission, according to a report in Germany’s leading centre-right daily.

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The Greek crisis: What’s Germany up to?

An Opinion by Ulrich Speck published on July 28th, 2015 on EU Observer

If there is one man standing now for the ugly German, it is Wolfgang Schäuble. Ironically, the German finance minister is also the player in the current euro drama who is most dedicated to putting the joint currency […]

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EU-funded lobbysts – why do they exist?

An opinion bu Andras Baneth published on July 8th, 2015 on EU Observer

The European Commission, most recently its DG Environment, has just released a report on the latest round of funding for “European environmental NGOs”.

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The Lethal Deferral of Greek Debt Restructuring

An Opinion by Yanis Varoufakis published on July, 28th 2015 on Project Syndicate

Remarkably, Greece’s creditors seem unable to appreciate this sound financial principle. Where Greek debt is concerned, a clear pattern has emerged over the past five years. It remains unbroken to this day.

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The Return of the Ugly German

An Opinion by Joschka Fisher published on July 23rd, 2015 on Project Syndicate

But in today’s Germany, such ideas are considered hopelessly “Euro-romantic”; their time has passed. Where Europe is concerned, from now on Germany will primarily pursue its national interests, just like everybody else.

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Obama tells ‘best partner’ UK to stay in EU

An Article by Peter Teffer published on July 24th, 2015 on EU Observer

US president Barack Obama has repeated his call that the UK remain a member of the European Union.

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Germany’s equality paradox

An Opinion by Katrin Hugendubel published on July 23th, 2015 on Eu Observer

So why is Germany the main culprit in delaying legislation that would provide more people across Europe with the same rights that those living in Germany currently enjoy?

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Why the Greek Deal Will Work

An Opinion by Anatole Kaletsky published on July 22nd, 2015 on Project Syndicate

Now that Greek banks have reopened and the government has made scheduled payments to the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, does Greece’s near-death experience mark the end of the euro crisis? The conventional answer is […]

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EU states fall short on asylum targets

An Article by Nikolaj Nielsen published on July 20th, 2015 on EU Observer

Interior ministers in Brussels on Monday (20 July) fell short of a European Commission-proposed target to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers arriving in Greece and Italy over the next two years.

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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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