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    Christine Lagarde is not a progressive choice for ECB president

Christine Lagarde is not a progressive choice for ECB president

Christine Lagarde, the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, is expected to take over from Mario Draghi as the next President of the European Central Bank. David Hollanders argues that although Lagarde has been viewed by some observers as a progressive choice, there is little reason to believe she will produce a meaningful shift in the ECB’s […]

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    Bulgaria highlights the difficulties that lie ahead for Laura Kovesi as the EU’s chief prosecutor

Bulgaria highlights the difficulties that lie ahead for Laura Kovesi as the EU’s chief prosecutor

Laura Codruta Kovesi, the former chief prosecutor of Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate, is expected to be approved as the new head of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Iveta Cherneva argues that the lack of media freedom in countries like Bulgaria will make it exceptionally difficult for Kovesi to uncover crimes involving EU funding.

When the news hit that Laura Kovesi […]

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    Understanding the two faces of solidarity in the Eurozone and migration crises

Understanding the two faces of solidarity in the Eurozone and migration crises

The principle of ‘solidarity’ was a key feature of debates during the Eurozone crisis and the migration crisis, but the way in which the term was used differed in both cases. Drawing on a new study, Stefan Wallaschek explains that while the concept of solidarity is often assumed to be owned by actors on the left of the political […]

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    Can the liberals become the new pivotal political family of EU politics?

Can the liberals become the new pivotal political family of EU politics?

Ursula von der Leyen recently unveiled her proposed candidates for the next European Commission. Angelos Chryssogelos explains that one of the less observed features of the list was the empowerment of liberal politicians, continuing a trend toward a stronger liberal presence in EU decision-making. However, for the liberals to take on a central role in EU politics, they will need […]

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    Why trust in EU civil protection depends on trust in national institutions

Why trust in EU civil protection depends on trust in national institutions

A number of high profile crises and disasters have spurred the EU to expand its role in the field of civil protection. But little is known about whether national civil protection officials trust the EU institutions they work with and what the determinants of their views are. Drawing on a new study, Thomas Persson, Charles F. Parker and Sten […]

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    How policy complexity affects the duration of legislative negotiations in the EU

How policy complexity affects the duration of legislative negotiations in the EU

It is often argued that EU legislation would benefit from becoming simpler. But how does the complexity of a legislative proposal affect the negotiations over whether it enters into EU law? Drawing on a new study, Steffen Hurka and Maximilian Haag explain that different types of policy complexity influence the duration of the decision-making process in the European Union […]

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    The effect of public attitudes toward the EU on the European Commission’s policy activity

The effect of public attitudes toward the EU on the European Commission’s policy activity

The role of the European Commission in the EU’s policy process is often cited by Eurosceptic actors as one of the main problems with EU democracy. But how responsive is the Commission to the views of European citizens? Presenting findings from a new study, Christopher J. Williams and Shaun Bevan find evidence that the Commission is likely to increase […]

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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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