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    The crises in the Eurozone and Ukraine have heralded the ‘return of politics’ to European integration

The crises in the Eurozone and Ukraine have heralded the ‘return of politics’ to European integration

European integration has often been conceived of as a primarily technocratic project, aimed at realising broad mutually beneficial aims which are beyond the narrow interests existing at the level of national politics. Luuk van Middelaar writes that both the Eurozone crisis and the crisis in Ukraine have illustrated the flaws in this perspective and highlighted the fundamentally political nature […]

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    Why Europe’s crises in the Eurozone and Crimea are a boon for those who teach European integration

Why Europe’s crises in the Eurozone and Crimea are a boon for those who teach European integration

Europe has faced a series of crises in the last decade, most recently with the Eurozone crisis and the Russian intervention in Crimea. Andrew Glencross writes that while the practical implications of these crises can be worrying, they also provide opportunities for those responsible for teaching European integration to students. He argues that ultimately what EU crises teach us […]

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The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility

The UK has always had a contentious relationship with the European Union. John McCormick argues that this relationship has been hampered by popular misunderstandings, driven by a lack of credible information and general hostility towards European integration. He suggests that more attention should be paid to the positive aspects of EU membership and that academics should contribute more to public […]

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The EU should abandon ‘soft power’ in Ukraine and adopt a new approach focused on geostrategic concerns

Ukraine’s refusal to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union has been seen as a significant blow for the EU’s neighbourhood strategy. André Härtel writes that this failure stems from the EU’s misunderstanding of Ukrainian politics, its inability to act coherently on foreign policy, and its preoccupation with normative aims such as democratisation. He argues that the EU requires […]

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German party manifestos are increasingly likely to downplay European issues and reflect negative attitudes toward the EU

Although the 2013 German elections were viewed as having wider importance for the rest of Europe, the issue of Europe itself played only a minor role in the election campaign. Sonia Alonso outlines results from an analysis of German party manifestos to assess the extent to which parties have emphasised European issues in elections since 1949. She notes that there […]

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National politicians are more likely to base their EU policy on the interests of party followers and big business, rather than the electorate as a whole

The EU is frequently charged with lacking legitimacy, particularly in cases where national politicians make important decisions outside of national political frameworks in Brussels. David Sanders and Gabor Toka use a pair of identical surveys to highlight the EU preferences of ‘elites’ and national electorates. They argue that while citizens generally take their lead on EU issues from national leaders, […]

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