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Greece to fall into IMF ‘arrears’

An opinion by Andrew Rettman published on June 29th on EU Observer

Greece’s non-repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday (30 June) doesn’t mean it’s bankrupt, but it could prompt bankruptcy quickly enough.

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Referendum and democracy: putting the demos on stage

An opinion by Costas Douzinas published on June 27th on Open Democracy

The referendum takes the lesson of the squares to the heart of politics. The stakes are high: Greek destiny, the future of the European Union and of democracy is on the line.

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Forced Grexit legally impossible

An opinion by Oliver Pahnecke published on June 22nd on EU Observer

While leaving the EU is clearly regulated in Article 50 of the treaty there is no similar article for leaving the eurozone.


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EU referendum: Cameron in uncharted territory as he lays out UK demands

Article published on 25 June 2015 on The Guardian

Brussels summit will be first time head of government has taken floor to outline nation’s conditions for staying in European Union.

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Celebration of HDP suppoorters after general election

Turkey’s election: voting to revisit the past?

Article by Bill Park published on Open Democracy, 8 June 2015

Expect more Turkish turbulence and drama to come, and for Turkish politics to once again resemble the years preceding 2002.

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Earth at night Europe

Europe and Anti-Europe

Article by Joschka Fischer  published on Project Syndicate,

Since 2008, when the global financial crisis erupted, the European Union has been confronted by a succession of crises: the escalating Greek crisis; Russian revanchism in Ukraine; and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean (which is inextricably linked to the regional crisis in […]

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Staying the Course in Europe’s East

Article published on Project Syndicate, 20 May 2015

As the European Union’s leaders gather in Riga for a summit with the six members of the EU’s “Eastern Partnership,” many recall the dramatic meeting in Vilnius of November 2013. It was there that Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, under heavy Russian pressure, refused […]


Analysts: 2019 EU elections will be transformative for European democracy

Article by Daniela Vincenti published on EurActiv, 18 May 2015

The Spitzenkandidaten process was never going to be the magic wand, creating a new sense of engagement. But it will in 2019, if we are able to learn the lesson of 2014.

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David Cameron’s Europe

Article published by Carl Bildt on Project Syndicate, 9 May 2015

The next 18-24 months are likely to decide the shape of Europe for decades to come, and the United Kingdom has now started the clock on that process. Reelected with a resounding – and entirely unexpected – majority in the […]


A very European coup

Article published by Costas Douzinas on Open Democracy 24 April 2015

This is why Syriza’s negotiating strategy has to play to the European gallery and not just to the suits in the conference room. The aim is to persuade people to put pressure on their own governments or change them in the […]


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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, […]


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 […]


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, […]


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’ […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Patrick Burkart

Understanding the Pirate Party

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 […]


A Potemkine Democracy ?

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, […]


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