National politicians should keep an open mind over proposals to create a European Public Prosecutor’s Office

National parliaments in several European countries have voiced opposition against proposals to create a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). Hugo Brady provides an overview of what an EPPO would entail, and assesses the extent to which it would help tackle the misuse of EU funds. He argues that those who are sceptical about the proposals should keep an open mind […]

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It’s time for European governments to embrace a real reform agenda for the EU

David Cameron has announced his intention to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the European Union ahead of an ‘in/out’ referendum in 2017. Hugo Brady writes that rather than attempting to negotiate the re-nationalisation of EU powers to Westminster, he and other European leaders should consider some practical, feasible reforms that the Union can begin to implement immediately. Outlining a series of […]

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Falling support for the European Parliament, not the economic crisis, has led to a decline in support for the EU in Spain and Portugal.

In April, a major Eurobarometer study reported that there had been a decline in support for the European Union across Europe, especially in countries where the Eurozone crisis’ effects had been most severe. Mariano Torcal takes a closer look at the reasons behind falling support for the EU in Spain and Portugal. Using panel data, he finds that a significant […]

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‘Crisis, What Crisis?’ On the Virtues of Muddling Through in European Politics

There can be little doubt that the EU faces a political crisis. But is this really an existential crisis for the European project, as many claim? Writing in a personal capacity, Henry Radice argues that muddling through a serious crisis, however unsatisfactory it might feel at the time, can be a sign of institutional resilience and strength, not weakness. As Europe muddles […]

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The European Commission is a unique ‘laboratory’ for supranational institution building.

As Morten Egeberg writes, international organisations are typically composed of representatives with affiliations to the national level. The European Commission, in contrast, is one of the few international institutions in which key actors owe their allegiances to the supranational level. Assessing the potential for the Commission to act as a ‘laboratory’ for experiments in supranational institution building, he finds that […]

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Far from dominating EU decision-making, France and Germany are among the least successful EU states at negotiating legislation and budget contributions

A common assumption is that the largest EU countries get their way most often in negotiations within the EU’s institutions. Contrary to this perspective, Jonathan Golub finds that smaller states like Finland tend to be far more successful at negotiating EU legislation than countries like France and Germany. He also finds little evidence for the idea that Member States might […]

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