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Which courts are driving legal integration in Europe?

It has long been believed that judges at the lower echelons of the judiciary are the drivers of legal integration in Europe. Yet, drawing on a new study, Arthur Dyevre and Monika Glavina show that this is not what the data says. Analysing the entirety of preliminary references submitted by domestic courts from 1961 to 2017, they demonstrate that […]

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    How the beliefs of European leaders changed throughout the Eurozone crisis

How the beliefs of European leaders changed throughout the Eurozone crisis

The management of the Eurozone crisis reflected the beliefs held by Europe’s political leaders. Drawing on a new study, Marij Swinkels assesses how these beliefs shifted throughout the crisis. Spanish, Italian and French leaders moved away from their Keynesian core beliefs and adopted a more ‘ordoliberal’ orientation as the crisis progressed, while Dutch, UK, and Irish leaders held more […]

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    Assessing Ursula von der Leyen’s proposals for a new chapter in European cooperation

Assessing Ursula von der Leyen’s proposals for a new chapter in European cooperation

Ursula von der Leyen will take over as the new President of the European Commission on 1 November. Dennis J. Snower examines her proposals for the European Union and what the likely effect will be for the integration process, noting that a key theme in her vision for the EU is the need to invest in the hearts and […]

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    If it wants to survive, the EU must think much more strategically

If it wants to survive, the EU must think much more strategically

Europe needs to be far more ambitious if it is to challenge the dual hegemony of the United States and China. José Ignacio Torreblanca calls for the EU to develop its strategic autonomy through boosting its security and diplomatic authority.
Europeans observe with great concern how the rivalry between the United States and China is shaping the twenty-first century, and […]

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    How the European Parliament gained oversight powers over EU crisis legislation

How the European Parliament gained oversight powers over EU crisis legislation

The European Parliament is often portrayed as being one of the main losers from the EU’s response to the European debt crisis. Observers have argued that the Parliament struggled to exert influence over the EU’s crisis resolution as the preparation of key legislation largely took place without its involvement. Yet, Maja Kluger Dionigi and Christel Koop show that the […]

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    The European elections generated real momentum for renewable energy – it’s time for MEPs to rise to the occasion

The European elections generated real momentum for renewable energy – it’s time for MEPs to rise to the occasion

The EU has set a target of generating at least 20% of its total energy needs through renewables by 2020. Anar Ahmadov writes that given the success of Green parties in May’s European Parliament elections, there is now real momentum in the push toward renewable energy transition. But a number of resilient obstacles remain and there is a clear […]

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    Book Review: Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe can be Saved from Itself by Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese

Book Review: Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe can be Saved from Itself by Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese

In Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe can be Saved from Itself, Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese offer an innovative look at citizenship, grounded in the development of a transnational civil society sphere across Europe. This is an ambitious, perceptive and clear-sighted argument for a transnational citizenship and politics, writes Ben Margulies, that also details the political project required to make it a reality. 
Citizens of Nowhere: […]

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    How movement between party groups has affected the balance of power in the European Parliament

How movement between party groups has affected the balance of power in the European Parliament

While the results of the European Parliament elections were announced in May, the balance of power in the Parliament has also been affected by the decisions of parties to join new party groups in the weeks following the elections. Nicolai von Ondarza and Jan Will demonstrate the impact this movement between party groups has had, noting that the situation […]

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    Have Austria, Germany and the Netherlands impeded Eurozone reforms?

Have Austria, Germany and the Netherlands impeded Eurozone reforms?

The latest efforts to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union have produced limited results, with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently highlighting the role of Austria, Germany and the Netherlands in opposing reforms. Drawing on a new study, Silvana Tarlea illustrates the dynamics that underpin negotiations over Eurozone reforms. She explains that financial sector exposure has informed member state preferences […]

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How timing can change democratic decisions in the EU

One strategy for addressing the EU’s democratic deficit is to provide a greater role for civil society actors in decision-making. However, as Corrado Fumagalli explains, the simple participation of civil society groups in EU policymaking is not enough to confer democratic legitimacy. It is also vital that they participate at key stages of the policy process.

The inclusion of civil […]

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    Why the EU must debate and address the challenges arising from emigration

Why the EU must debate and address the challenges arising from emigration

Debates over EU free movement often focus on the impact of immigration on destination countries. But as Cecilia Bruzelius explains, emigration is increasingly important in a number of EU member states, with many facing a ‘brain drain’ that is exacerbating existing demographic challenges. She argues the issue must be properly debated at the EU level and that a coordinated […]

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    The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The political forces most hostile to European integration are also the only ones to have formulated a common vision for Europe, writes Lea Ypi. Now is the time to bring the various local social justice campaigns together, and put them at the service of a renewed political project.

As Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Geert Wildeers and other far-right leaders […]

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Is politics becoming one of the ECB’s biggest problems?

An unusually high number of members (10 out of 25) of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council will be replaced by the end of this year. But could the rise of Eurosceptic parties across Europe have an impact on these appointments? Corrado Macchiarelli and Mara Monti explain that keeping the ECB free from political interference may now constitute one […]

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    What Brexit has taught Italy about its own prospects of leaving the EU

What Brexit has taught Italy about its own prospects of leaving the EU

If other countries were to follow the UK in voting to leave the EU, then Italy would be one of the most likely candidates. But what impact has Brexit had on Italian public opinion? Drawing on findings from a new survey, Gianluca Piccolino, Davide Angelucci and Pierangelo Isernia find that among supporters of the Five Star Movement/League government, Brexit […]

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    Book Review: The Left Case Against the EU by Costas Lapavitsas

Book Review: The Left Case Against the EU by Costas Lapavitsas

In The Left Case Against the EU, Costas Lapavitsas makes the case that the European Union is beyond left-wing reform, as evidenced by the EU’s response to the Eurozone crisis; left-wing contestation must instead be undertaken locally. While more convinced by Lapavitsas’s appraisal of the EU than his proposals for reclaiming the national political space, David Hollanders nonetheless finds this an expedient, informed and lucid […]

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Five key trends from the 2019 European Parliament elections

European Parliament elections were once famously characterised as ‘second order national elections’, but were the 2019 elections different? Felix Wiebrecht and James F. Downes write that although the results were shaped by the distinct features present in each of the 28 states taking part, there were at least five key trends visible across Europe.

Elections to the European Parliament have […]

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    Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

The 2019 European Parliament elections were like no other: like no other European Parliament election before, and like no other democratic exercise in the world. In fact, it is probably the first time that we may call it a singular European Parliament election because so many of the trends that shaped it are pan-European, write Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison, […]

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    The battle for Europe’s future: The next European Parliament will be more fragmented independently of Brexit

The battle for Europe’s future: The next European Parliament will be more fragmented independently of Brexit

This week’s European Parliament elections are a battle for Europe’s future. In this blog, Thierry Chopin, Nicolò Fraccaroli, Nils Hernborg and Jean-Francois Jamet examine the evolution of political cleavages ahead of the vote and the potential impact of Brexit on their result. They argue the next European Parliament will be more fragmented independently of Brexit.

Political cleavages – that is, the key dividing […]

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    Ideology in times of crisis: Is the left-right divide still relevant in the European Parliament?

Ideology in times of crisis: Is the left-right divide still relevant in the European Parliament?

The composition of the European Parliament is often discussed with reference to the balance of power between parties on the left and right of the political spectrum. But given the rise of new parties that define their ideology based on their support for or opposition to European integration, is this left-right divide still relevant? Drawing on a new study, […]

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    Book review: Le nouvel empire: L’Europe du vingt et unième siècle [The New Empire: Europe of the 21st Century] by Bruno Le Maire

Book review: Le nouvel empire: L’Europe du vingt et unième siècle [The New Empire: Europe of the 21st Century] by Bruno Le Maire

In Le nouvel empire: L’Europe du vingt et unième siècle, Bruno Le Maire offers his take on the future of Europe. Published shortly before this week’s European Parliament elections, the book sets out a case for constructing European political unity not through the creation of a federal Europe, but over time, on the foundation of national sovereignties. Gijs de […]

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