EU institutions

  • Permalink Gallery

    David Cameron’s tactics may take the UK out of the EU, and Scotland out of the UK

David Cameron’s tactics may take the UK out of the EU, and Scotland out of the UK

This week saw the Prime Minister make a speech on Europe, followed by a letter to the President of the European Council outlining his proposals for EU reform. In light of these events, Jo Murkens explains how in trying to appease Eurosceptics but avoid being brushed off in Brussels, Cameron’s renegotiation strategy marginalises the UK and weakens the EU.

Prime […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    The European Parliament is a failed experiment in pan-European democracy – national parliaments are the key to solving the democratic deficit

The European Parliament is a failed experiment in pan-European democracy – national parliaments are the key to solving the democratic deficit

Strengthening the European Parliament has often been viewed as the best method of addressing the EU’s alleged ‘democratic deficit’. Stephen Booth writes that while this perspective has led to the Parliament’s powers being increased successively over recent decades, the effect of these reforms on democratic engagement among EU citizens has been limited. He argues that boosting the role of […]

Growing discontent within the European Union provides an opportunity for Cameron for reform

Recent surveys suggest that Euroscepticism in Britain is most highly associated with those identifying as English. Adam Evans argues, however, that it is important to take a broader view of public attitudes to the EU. Declining levels of confidence in the institutions and policies of the Union and the repositioning of formerly enthusiastic integrationists like the Dutch and Germans appear to offer Cameron a […]

In the European Parliament, radical-right MEPs focus more on giving speeches than doing work that has direct policy impact

It has been widely predicted that Eurosceptic and far-right parties will be relatively successful in 2014’s European Parliamentary elections. But how do those that are present currently participate in the Parliament? Drawing on a study of MEPs, Marley Morris finds that while radical-right members are often the least likely to draft reports, they are the most likely to give speeches […]