Anthony Salamone takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging
The EU centre and the crisis
Ian Crowther at the Manchester Policy Blogs writes that despite the numerous reforms put forward to fix Europe’s banking system, the root problem of systemic risk is not being addressed. He notes that the ECB’s current review of bank supervision policy does not include the key issue of the separation of retail and investment banking.
Elsewhere, Agata Gostyńska and Roderick Parkes write at Policy Network that European political groups face a number of challenges in deciding how to nominate a ‘lead candidate’ for European Commission president ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2014.
On the OUP blog, David Bartam reports that economic migration may not lead to greater personal happiness. In studies of people who moved from eastern to western Europe, it was shown that most of the migrants found themselves in a lower economic status in their new country, and that economic status rather than gross wealth is a stronger indicator of happiness.
Jonas Christoffersen at the OUP blog discusses reform of the European Court of Human Rights. He writes that reform is urgently needed, and that the Court could be significantly more effective in protecting human rights in Europe.