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The EU’s new economic governance is blurring the boundaries between European competences and domestic sovereignty

The financial crisis has brought about a number of new European initiatives designed to coordinate national economic policies in the name of stability and growth. Alexander Ruser assesses one such initiative: the issuing of country-specific policy recommendations to EU states. Using a qualitative data analysis of the content of these reports, he writes that governments are being urged to follow […]

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January 30th, 2014|Alexander Ruser, EU|2 Comments|

Electoral cycle timing and popular support for a treaty are crucial in determining whether parties advocate referendums on European integration

David Cameron is committed to holding a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. In an effort to understand why parties call for referendums on European integration, Andreas Dür and Nikitas Konstantinidis look at data from the ratification of the EU’s Constitutional Treaty in 2004. They find that the amount of […]

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The EU’s support is vital in tackling sub-Saharan Africa’s sanitary crisis.

Today is World Toilet Day, which aims to draw attention to the 2.5 billion people who live without adequate toilet facilities. Andrew Cotton looks at the effectiveness of the EU’s Official Development Assistance to sub-Saharan Africa – where around 200 million people live without access to a toilet of any sort – finding that EU aid has made a significant […]

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