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Turning Finnish

Article published by Charlemagne on The Economist, 17 April 2015

Europe will watch Finland’s election closely—perhaps for the wrong reasons.

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Dave-no-mates

Article by Charlemagne published on The Economist,  14 November 2014

Britain is running out of friends in Europe just when it needs them most.

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Italy’s Grillo takes anti-euro campaign to Brussels

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”.

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The immigrant democratic deficit and the rising far-right

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.

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Playing by the rules? Budgets and brinkmanship in the EU

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.

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Catalonia Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from Spain

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

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The emerald shines again

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.

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The centre cannot hold under austerity, in Britain or Europe

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.

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The state of Europe’s democracy 25 years after the Wall

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.

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New Council voting means Germany is Europe’s reluctant paymaster

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.

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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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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 […]

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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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