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    The European Commission experienced a ‘subtle disempowerment’ during the Eurozone crisis

The European Commission experienced a ‘subtle disempowerment’ during the Eurozone crisis

How did the Eurozone crisis affect the balance of power between the EU’s institutions? As Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt writes, opinion has been split over whether the crisis strengthened or damaged the European Commission’s role in EU decision-making. She argues that while some authors have highlighted an apparent increase in the Commission’s responsibilities over economic governance during the crisis, the […]

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    The European Commission’s rule of law review in Poland risks fuelling Euroscepticism

The European Commission’s rule of law review in Poland risks fuelling Euroscepticism

The European Commission has announced an inquiry into whether recent Polish reforms affecting the country’s constitutional tribunal and media are consistent with the rule of law. Krzysztof Śliwiński argues that the review risks fuelling Euroscepticism in the country and feeds into wider debates on the resentment felt by some sections of European societies toward Brussels.

On Friday 13 January, the […]

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    How the Spitzenkandidaten process and Juncker’s reforms might shape the future of the European Commission

How the Spitzenkandidaten process and Juncker’s reforms might shape the future of the European Commission

One of the most important innovations in the EU in recent years has been the so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process, under which the major European political groups nominated candidates for President of the Commission prior to the 2014 European elections. Martin Westlake assesses the legacy of the process for future elections. He writes that the Spitzenkandidaten system did not emerge […]

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    Conflict inside the European Commission is a key factor in shaping EU legislation

Conflict inside the European Commission is a key factor in shaping EU legislation

Why does the European Commission at times propose legislative drafts that provoke Member State opposition, that introduce strikingly high or low standards, or that actively contradict each other? Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz and Christian Rauh present findings from a study of 48 legislative drafting processes. They argue that while the Commission is often thought of as a unified actor, […]

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    National officials working for the Commission display a surprising amount of independence from their own governments

National officials working for the Commission display a surprising amount of independence from their own governments

When national officials are appointed to international administrations such as the European Commission, how can we ensure that they act independently, rather than merely in the interest of their own national government? Jarle Trondal, Zuzana Murdoch and Benny Geys present findings from a survey of national officials who have been ‘seconded’ to the Commission for a specific period of […]

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    There has been a substantial drop in EU legislative output since 2010

There has been a substantial drop in EU legislative output since 2010

A common argument made against the European Union by Eurosceptic politicians is that the EU creates a burden on citizens and businesses by producing too much legislation. But how much legislation does the EU actually produce? Renaud Dehousse and Olivier Rozenberg present data on both the raw number of EU acts adopted since 1996, and a measure of the […]

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