Uwe Puetter

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    Despite attention focusing on Juncker’s new Commission, the European Council will remain the real centre of EU decision-making

Despite attention focusing on Juncker’s new Commission, the European Council will remain the real centre of EU decision-making

The appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission generated substantial media attention over the summer, which has continued during the Commissioner hearings held in the European Parliament. Uwe Puetter assesses how these developments sit alongside his theory of ‘deliberative intergovernmentalism’, under which the European Council is viewed as holding a central role in the […]

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The European Council has become the new centre of political gravity in EU decision-making

In recent years the number of European Council summits has increased substantially. Uwe Puetter looks at the rise of deliberative intergovernmentalism in the European Union through European Council summits, and finds that while agreement is required at the highest level to make this system work, the process is remarkably stable.

The European Council recently met in Brussels to discuss the […]

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