In the media, lobbying is often portrayed as a stark confrontation between business lobbyists and civil society groups, with the rich triumphing over the poor. Research carried out by Iskander de Bruycker points to a more nuanced picture. He writes that Brussels lobbying can sometimes be akin to the Biblical battle between David and Goliath, with not the richest or strongest lobby groups prevailing, […]
The European Commission is stronger and better equipped to meet Europe’s challenges than is often thought.
Hussein Kassim presents findings from a new book that reveals the inner workings of one of the world’s most powerful international administrations. Examining the backgrounds and beliefs of officials, and how the organisation has changed over the past decade, he argues that the European Commission is stronger and better equipped to meet the challenges that confront the European Union than […]
The power of Euromyths shows that there needs to be a more substantial effort to change the debate on the EU.
From bans on oddly shaped bananas, to children blowing up balloons, so-called ‘Euromyths’ have become a pervasive part of the UK media’s reporting of EU policies. Simon Usherwood takes an in-depth look at the place of Euromyths in the public debate on the EU, finding that they are much harder to stop than to start. While it is important to […]
Tackling Euroscepticism: EU employment law is neither imposed on the UK from Brussels nor does it damage the country’s economy
Many myths surround EU employment law. Anne Davies tackles these head on and argues that workers and businesses are very much protected rather than inhibited by such labour market legislation. The United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union (EU) is always fraught with political difficulty and since employment law tends to attract extra scrutiny during times of recession now is […]