European politics

How the EU elite publicises its high-profile work and stays silent about the rest

The EU policy process is often criticised for being distant from its citizens. Part of this criticism is rooted in a lack of media coverage of EU legislative decision-making, says Iskander De Bruycker. Drawing on a recent study, he illustrates that the extent to which politicians in Brussels address citizens’ interests in the media over a particular piece of legislation […]

Book review: Shifting Baselines of Europe

Shifting Baselines of Europe: New Perspectives beyond Neoliberalism and Nationalism, writes reviewer Antje Scharenberg, makes the case that alternative political models for Europe are already emerging. One of its most compelling empirical examples is a network of ‘rebel cities’ like Barcelona, Messina and Naples, which transform institutional politics through participatory democracy on the local level.

“The house of Europe,” wrote the German sociologist Ulrich […]

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    There’s no such thing as ‘associate membership’ of Euratom

There’s no such thing as ‘associate membership’ of Euratom

The UK’s Article 50 letter which triggered its exit from the European Union also indicated that the country would be leaving the European nuclear regulator Euratom following Brexit. However, several MPs, including some prominent leave campaigners, have criticised this position, arguing instead for the UK to have some form of associate membership of Euratom after it leaves the EU. […]

If Britain doesn’t pay the Brexit divorce bill, her ex-partners will have to

Walking away from the EU without paying a ‘divorce bill’ – or only a small one – would have major consequences for the remaining member states, because they would be forced to make up the shortfall for EU projects until 2021. That would leave the UK short of goodwill, writes Michiel Scheffer, a regional minister in the Netherlands, and […]

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    Europe’s legitimacy crisis isn’t just about identity, it’s about institutions

Europe’s legitimacy crisis isn’t just about identity, it’s about institutions

The UK’s decision to vote for Brexit has been viewed by many observers as proof that the European Union suffers from a deep crisis of legitimacy. As Matt Wood highlights, this crisis is often conceived of in identity terms, with a large number of EU citizens no longer feeling ‘European’ or identifying with the goals of European integration. However, he […]

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    Book Review: On Extremism and Democracy in Europe by Cas Mudde

Book Review: On Extremism and Democracy in Europe by Cas Mudde

In On Extremism and Democracy in Europe, Cas Mudde presents a number of essays reflecting on the far right, populism, Euroscepticism and the state of liberal democracy today. Challenging prevailing fears, particularly those promoted in the mainstream media, this book offers a reliable and approachable analysis of contemporary European politics that will be of use to those trying to […]

Losing an ally in the EU: the view on Brexit from Finland

Eurosceptic support in Finland – previously at 43% – has fallen away since the EU referendum last June, writes Juha Jokela. The country is now keen to strengthen the Union’s defence capability, though it is sceptical of some of the proposed eurozone reforms. Finns are conscious they are about to lose an ally when Britain leaves the EU, and […]

Can the Visegrad Four hold its line over Brexit – or will the splits show?

For the Visegrad Four (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Brexit could be an opportunity to press for their own interests in Europe, not least because of the number of their citizens who are living in Britain. But the Group is far from united, their public statements about Brexit have been few and the current uproar over judicial […]

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    Unemployment, reliance on factory jobs and low income explain Brexit

Unemployment, reliance on factory jobs and low income explain Brexit

The Brexit vote represented a key moment for European integration. Sascha O. Becker, Thiemo Fetzer, and Dennis Novy examine it in great detail, using statistical analysis as a way to highlight which factors proved to be the strongest predictors of the ‘Vote leave’ share. Though their findings establish correlations, not causation, they nonetheless underscore the many complex issues that surfaced in the ‘Vote Leave’ result. 

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A democracy deficit plagues the US and the European Union

The European Union and the United States suffer from democracy deficits. Modern democracy is realised in regularly elected legislative bodies that, though small enough to house in a parliamentary building, are large enough to reflect the interests of an entire people. David V Johnson writes that by ratio of representatives to population, the US and the EU have among the least […]