Across Europe there is a wide difference of opinion on the age at which citizens should be given the right to vote. While 18 is still the most common voting age, in 2007 Austria became the first country in the EU to give 16 year olds voting rights for the majority of elections. Recently, the issue has become more […]
On 25 November, a key package of labour market reforms supported by Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi passed through the lower house of the Italian parliament. In an interview on social welfare across Europe, Maurizio Cotta discusses the challenges of intergenerational inequalities in Italy, Renzi’s reforms, and why Europe needs to put social justice at the top of its […]
Is it possible to create a truly European public sphere? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Timothy Garton Ash discusses the failure of efforts to reignite the enthusiasm of citizens for European integration, the importance of European identity, and why the UK is far more European than most people believe.
A common argument is that attempts to foster […]
Five minutes with Lord Kerr of Kinlochard: “The Constitutional Treaty was clearly ahead of its time”
It is now ten years since the Member States of the European Union signed the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe. The Treaty, which was subsequently rejected in referendums in France and the Netherlands, ultimately inspired the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force in December 2009. In a discussion with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, […]
Five minutes with Robert O. Keohane: “We shouldn’t fool ourselves by believing that global governance will soon be made democratic”
Can global governance through organisations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization ever be made properly democratic? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Robert O. Keohane discusses the problems with establishing global democratic governance, the distinction between liberal constitutionalist achievements and democracy, and why we should be sceptical of claims that a global democracy […]