Martijn Huysmans

The informational value of the EU’s Early Warning System

The EU’s Early Warning System, best known for the ‘yellow cards’ that can be issued by national parliaments to EU legislative proposals, has been the subject of considerable debate since it was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. Drawing on a new study, Philippe van Gruisen and Martijn Huysmans demonstrate the informational value of the system for policymakers and […]

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    Lessons from Article 50: Why exit clauses should include penalties for the seceding state

Lessons from Article 50: Why exit clauses should include penalties for the seceding state

If Article 50 enabled Brexit, does this mean that exit clauses make secessions from a political union more likely? Drawing on a new study, Martijn Huysmans and Christophe Crombez demonstrate that exit clauses which incorporate penalties for the seceding state can lead to more efficient exit decisions. They argue that further research into exit clauses might help enable efficient […]

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Enlargement and exit: The origins of Article 50

While it is sometimes compared to a federal superstate, the European Union is different from most federations in that it contains an exit clause: Article 50, which lays out the procedure under which the United Kingdom is currently seeking to withdraw from the EU. But how did Article 50 come to be? Based on a new study, Martijn Huysmans […]

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