Euro crisis

As long as cartelisation, patronage, and corruption dominate Greek politics, economic reforms will be doomed to failure

Greece has been at the sharp end of the European financial crisis for many months, and faces huge difficulties in implementing the austerity measures demanded by the EU in order to ensure continued bailouts. Sofia Vasilopoulou and Daphne Halikiopoulou argue that Greece’s two party system, currently dominated by patronage and corruption, must make finding economic solutions futile. And the old […]

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Brussels blog round up: Everyone in the EU is under fire, pressure on Europe’s last dictator, and more of the same from Van Rompuy? 25 February – 2 March, 2012

Chris Gilson and Julian Kirchherr take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre In his weekly round-up, Ron at Bloggingportal.eu says that everyone in the EU is under fire, citing attacks on the European Parliament by former UK Labour Minister, Jack Straw (for more on which see Simon Hix here on EUROPP on Monday 5 March). […]

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The EU’s recent foreign policy record has been poor, with Europe as a whole losing ground in the global system. Why are European politicians and civil servants unwilling to do more to improve performance?

The European Council on Foreign Relations recently launched a Scorecard that evaluates the EU’s influence and role in over eighty foreign policy areas, which then boil down into six key themes. Karen E.Smith finds the exercise useful in highlighting issues for concern, and in perhaps persuading European leaders to engage with foreign policy failings. The last year has been a […]

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The political and economic crisis in Europe has meant a step back for the EU’s major institutions. Solutions in 2012 must not come at the expense of democracy.

Sara Hagemann argues that the EU’s leaders should ensure a key role for the European Commission in the governance of the Eurozone, as well as broader parliamentary involvement in Europe’s economic development. This article was originally posted on the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog on 9 January, 2012. Another defining summit always seems near whenever politicians, EU experts and journalists […]

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