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The UK is now at a constitutional crossroads

The UK government is in the process of devolving new powers to Scotland, while devolution has also been proposed for some cities in England. Alan Trench writes that the piecemeal and ad-hoc approach to devolution that has been pursued in the UK is creating serious constitutional difficulties. Outlining the recommendations of a new report on the country’s constitutional framework, […]

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    Ireland may vote Yes, but it never needed a referendum on same-sex marriage

Ireland may vote Yes, but it never needed a referendum on same-sex marriage

Ireland is holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage, with the result expected to be announced on Saturday. Brian Tobin writes that while the latest opinion polls suggest the electorate will back the proposal, there was never any legal necessity for it to be put to a referendum. He argues that it would have been possible to simply legalise […]

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    Five minutes with Barry Eichengreen: “We are a matter of weeks away from a Greek default unless a deal can be reached”

Five minutes with Barry Eichengreen: “We are a matter of weeks away from a Greek default unless a deal can be reached”

With no agreement yet reached between Greece and its creditors, there are doubts over whether the country will be able to make a scheduled debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund in early June. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Barry Eichengreen discusses whether a compromise is still possible, what a default would mean for the country, […]

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    Why do some countries use PR while others don’t? How electoral system trends spread across European democracies

Why do some countries use PR while others don’t? How electoral system trends spread across European democracies

Why do countries pick one electoral system over another? As Damien Bol , Jean-Benoit Pilet and Pedro Riera write, there is often an assumption that the choice of an electoral system is closely related to the calculations of dominant political parties who select systems that are likely to benefit them in elections. However based on a study of European countries […]

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    The myth of ‘self-government’ is threatening both the UK’s place in the EU and Scotland’s place in the Union

The myth of ‘self-government’ is threatening both the UK’s place in the EU and Scotland’s place in the Union

The UK government is expected to publish a draft bill on 28 May outlining a framework for the country’s referendum on EU membership. Andrew Glencross writes that UK politics is now increasingly defined by two different kinds of ‘exceptionalism’: a push within the UK for self-government outside of the EU, and Scottish demands for self-government within the UK. He […]

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    Eurobarometer surveys provide an important insight into the European Commission’s role as an agenda setter

Eurobarometer surveys provide an important insight into the European Commission’s role as an agenda setter

Since the early 1970s a series of ‘Eurobarometer’ public opinion surveys have been conducted across the EU on behalf of the European Commission. But can the nature and scope of these surveys provide some insights into the Commission’s role as an agenda setter? Markus Haverland, Minou de Ruiter and Steven Van de Walle present findings from an analysis of […]

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