Chris Bickerton

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    Despite its 2012 Nobel prize, the EU remains unable to keep the peace in Europe

Despite its 2012 Nobel prize, the EU remains unable to keep the peace in Europe

The European Union is often referred to as a peace project, with the EU being awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2012 for its contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation in Europe. Chris Bickerton contests this narrative, justifying his claim by referring to the EU’s inability to keep peace both inside and outside its borders, and to the […]

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    What the ‘new intergovernmentalism’ can tell us about the Greek crisis

What the ‘new intergovernmentalism’ can tell us about the Greek crisis

A number of authors have argued that a ‘new intergovernmentalism’ has come to characterise EU decision-making since the financial crisis, with decisions increasingly made through intergovernmental negotiations such as those in the European Council. Christopher Bickerton writes on what the theory can tell us about the Greek crisis, noting that it helps illustrate both the febrile nature of domestic […]

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    The real sins of Varoufakis: why Greece is being punished for refusing to play by the Eurogroup’s rules

The real sins of Varoufakis: why Greece is being punished for refusing to play by the Eurogroup’s rules

Talks continued through the night in Brussels, with Eurozone leaders eventually reaching an agreement on Greece. Christopher Bickerton writes that while negotiations were always likely to be tough, the original discussions between Greece and its creditors did not break down because of an unbridgeable ideological gap, but instead reflected a reaction to the negotiating tactics pursued by the Greek […]

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    Frans Timmermans’ views on the integration process highlight the relevance of Europe’s ‘new intergovernmentalism’

Frans Timmermans’ views on the integration process highlight the relevance of Europe’s ‘new intergovernmentalism’

A number of authors have debated whether European integration is becoming characterised by a form of ‘new intergovernmentalism’, with increasing numbers of decisions made through intergovernmental forms of decision-making such as those in the European Council. In response to criticism of the approach, Christopher Bickerton writes that new intergovernmentalism can shed light on current issues at the European level, […]

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    Populist parties have made common cause with technocrats in hollowing out national democracy in Europe

Populist parties have made common cause with technocrats in hollowing out national democracy in Europe

Eurosceptic parties performed strongly in last month’s European Parliament elections across a number of countries. Chris Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti suggest there is an irony in the fact that these parties tended to encourage higher participation in European elections. They argue that populist parties have failed voters by simply opposing the EU rather than taking a stance on the political choices facing Europe.

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