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    Still mere figureheads? Why the Eurozone crisis has led to the growth of presidential power across Europe

Still mere figureheads? Why the Eurozone crisis has led to the growth of presidential power across Europe

Presidents are a relatively common feature in the political systems of European states, yet their powers vary substantially from country to country. Macdara Dwyer writes that while many presidents are intended to act largely as figureheads, with only limited responsibilities over government formation, the Eurozone crisis has led to a growth in presidential power in several states, including Greece, […]

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    Five minutes with Javier Solana: ‘Europe must respond to the refugee crisis as it would have liked the world to respond to its suffering’

Five minutes with Javier Solana: ‘Europe must respond to the refugee crisis as it would have liked the world to respond to its suffering’

How should the EU respond to the multiple challenges it presently faces, from economic malaise to the refugee crisis and the conflict in Ukraine? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Javier Solana discusses why Europe should take inspiration from its experience during two world wars in its efforts to help refugees, how the EU can play a greater role […]

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    Why European integration remains the best option for meeting the challenges posed by globalisation

Why European integration remains the best option for meeting the challenges posed by globalisation

Faced with a debt crisis in Greece and a refugee crisis on Europe’s borders, the European Union is currently navigating one of the most difficult periods in its history. But do these crises offer justification for scaling back European integration? Lukas Hakelberg and Zoe Lefkofridi write that more integration not only offers the most natural solution for resolving these […]

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    Germany is stuck with a crisis it did not foresee and can no longer control

Germany is stuck with a crisis it did not foresee and can no longer control

Germany is often described as a ‘reluctant hegemon’ in the sense that it has found itself pushed to the centre of EU affairs by the Eurozone crisis. Peter Nedergaard and Holly Snaith write that the increasing importance of Germany in the EU has resulted in a particular brand of German ‘ordoliberal’ thinking becoming institutionalised at the European level. They […]

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    Saving the euro at all costs could lead to the hollowing out of European democracy

Saving the euro at all costs could lead to the hollowing out of European democracy

Since the financial crisis, a process of change has been underway which has seen a new model of technocratic financial and economic governance take hold across Europe. Alexander Ruser argues that these reforms, motivated by a desire to save the euro ‘at all costs’, could bring about the hollowing out of democracy, with the will of the people increasingly […]

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    With Greek debt negotiations at a critical phase it is time for Germany to end its policy of ‘muddling through’

With Greek debt negotiations at a critical phase it is time for Germany to end its policy of ‘muddling through’

The Greek government is currently attempting to negotiate a deal with other Eurozone states over the country’s debt. Joshua Aizenman writes on the approach of Germany throughout the crisis. He argues that the German government’s perspective is best characterised as a form of ‘muddling through’, whereby stronger action to solve the Eurozone’s instability is only advocated when Germany’s domestic […]

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