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    Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

How do economic platforms interact with support for European integration? Harmen van der Veer and Simon Otjes write that the dynamics within the European Parliament have undergone a shift since the beginning of the Eurozone crisis. Whereas in previous periods the key divide in the Parliament centred on left/right issues, opposition to European integration has now become intertwined with […]

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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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    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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