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    Despite attention focusing on Juncker’s new Commission, the European Council will remain the real centre of EU decision-making

Despite attention focusing on Juncker’s new Commission, the European Council will remain the real centre of EU decision-making

The appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission generated substantial media attention over the summer, which has continued during the Commissioner hearings held in the European Parliament. Uwe Puetter assesses how these developments sit alongside his theory of ‘deliberative intergovernmentalism’, under which the European Council is viewed as holding a central role in the […]

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    Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Rising inequality is one of the most controversial issues in European politics. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Danny Dorling discusses the problems posed by inequality, the situation within the UK, and why the current trends are likely to prove unsustainable.

Although many social scientists, most notably Thomas Piketty, have provided evidence of rising inequality across Europe and […]

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    Book Review: The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

Book Review: The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

Available in English for the first time, this publication from Slavoj Žižek represents a re-worked version of one of his earliest works. Jodie Matthews writes that while it is hard to place this book among his recent works, the purpose of publishing it may be to emphasise that the Žižek of the 1980s was already then the one we have come […]

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Irregular migration to the UK: ten questions answered

Irregular migration is a contentious and highly emotional issue in several EU states. Franck Düvell reviews some of the key factors at play with respect to irregular migration to the UK. Among other important points, he writes that the majority of irregular immigrants in the UK were at some point regular but lost their status.

How does irregular migration come about? […]

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    Donald Tusk’s Presidency of the European Council will present as many challenges for Poland as opportunities

Donald Tusk’s Presidency of the European Council will present as many challenges for Poland as opportunities

Poland’s former Prime Minister Donald Tusk will become the new President of the European Council on 1 December. Krzysztof Śliwiński writes on the effect Tusk’s Presidency will have on Poland, particularly in the areas of foreign and security policy. He notes that the country may need to moderate its stance toward Russia over the Ukraine crisis and that Tusk’s […]

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    Hollande is facing a difficult balancing act over the French policy on military action against IS

Hollande is facing a difficult balancing act over the French policy on military action against IS

France has participated in airstrikes against Islamic state forces in Iraq, but has so far stopped short of involvement in Syria. Rachel Utley writes on the competing motivations underpinning the French policy on the conflict. She notes that the threat of terrorism has been a key driver of French involvement, which was underlined by the murder of French hostage […]

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