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6 December 2013
Dec 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM
agree that judges, in promoting the values of democracy and human rights, must not usurp the
functions of parliament. But Lord Sumption’s attack on the Strasbourg Court
was based on question-begging arguments that failed to address the
substance of the issues involved. Dr George LetsasDecember 2013
While Europe has emerged as a world-leader in terms of the protection of LGBT rights, standards differ markedly from one EU Member State to another. As the EU still has much to do to promote LGBT rights internally, how can it effectively criticise states beyond its borders?Dr Richard MoleDecember 2013
3 December 2013
Dec 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM
As protests in Kiev are about to enter their third week, the ruling party is losing key members and morale. So what happens next?Dr Andrew WilsonDecember 2013
27 November 2013
Nov 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Recent EEA immigrants to the UK have have made a net fiscal
contribution of about £22.1 billion between 2001 and 2011.Prof Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso FrattiniNovember 2013
12 November 2013
Nov 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM
In today’s paradoxical times of Occupy and voter apathy, of ‘big society’
versus the ‘fifth estate’, Hannah Arendt's work on political action is all but out of date.Dr Uta StaigerNovember 2013
21 October 2013
Oct 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM
It is highly questionable whether the referendum “lock” provisions of the European Union Act 2011 put the UK in anything like pole position when it comes to reforming the EU.
Prof Piet Eeckhout
18 October 2013
Oct 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Time and again, economic success falls short as the sole indicator of happiness, especially when personal success is valued at the expense of social meaning. Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen and Professor A. David Napier October 2013
1 August 2013
Sep 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone in Germany expected Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU to win a solid majority in this year’s elections. However, the results came as a surprise for many, in several ways. Dr Daniel SiemensSeptember 2013
Aug 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Every day since mid June, protesters have sought the resignation of the
still young government of Plamen Oresharski comprised of the Bulgarian
Socialist Party and the Turkish-minority-dominated Movement for Rights
and Freedoms.James DawsonAugust 2013
Oct 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM
As long as there are arguments about what the EU is there to do and what it should become, there will also be dispute about what its institutions should look like. Professor Michael ShackletonOctober 2013
3 July 2013
Jul 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Dr Bojan AleksovJuly 2013
If there is one significant thing worth contemplating with regard to Croatia’s accession to the European Union on the first of July this year, then it must be that it was long overdue. Compared with other former Socialist states in the Warsaw Pact, Yugoslavia, of which Croatia was a part, was much better suited to join the Union once politically and economically transformed.
3 June 2013
Jun 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Dr Başak ÇalıJune 2013
Like millions inside and outside of Turkey, I spent the last three days and nights glued to my phone switching between my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Whilst local news channels showed a beauty contest, a couple of cooking shows and perhaps ironically a bunch of penguins, hundreds and thousands of people took to streets all over the country.
8 May 2013
May 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Prof Janice Morphet May 2013
Much of the public and media discourse on the influence of the EU on the UK is focussed on regulations at the point of implementation This is frequently accompanied with the implied underlying narrative that these regulations have somehow been ‘imposed’, have arrived without any previous discussion and that the UK has taken no part in their passage through the process. The UK is frequently characterised as a ‘victim’ with no control or influence over the direction of policy or its detail.
25 April 2013
Mar 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Dr Başak ÇaliApril 2013
The British government has made headlines with its statements that it's considering every option to deport Abu Qatada - including the temporary withdrawal from the ECtHR, Channel 4 News. Legally speaking, however, there is no such thing. It is not within the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. The two provisions that concern opting out from the Convention are Articles 15 and 58 and these are far from applicable in this case.
Dr Bojan AleksovApril 2013
It is too early to tell whether the recently signed agreement between Serbia and Kosovo is indeed as historic as advertised by the European Union negotiators, most notably Catherine Ashton. Many a deal brokered in last 25 years between warring parties in what used to be Yugoslavia faltered before ever given a chance to be implemented. It is perhaps a twist of irony that its co-signatories for long contributed to if not created the conflict they are now attempting to resolve.
4 April 2013
Mar 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Sir Stephen WallApril 2013
It is 21 September 1988 and, once again, that ‘bloody woman’ is being criticised and cursed in the chanceries of Europe. The ‘bloody woman’ in question was Margaret Thatcher and, on the previous day, she had made a speech in Bruges on the subject of Britain and Europe.
27 February 2013
Feb 27, 2013 2:00:00 PM
Dr Uta StaigerFebruary 2013
Cultural action in the European Union may be a minor policy field: it enjoyed no formal Community competence until Maastricht, has received all but paltry budget provisions since, and plays little to no role in the key political debates of the day. Yet it is also an exceptionally contested one, linked as it is with suggestions of social governance and the encoding of collective identities. Regularly opposed by some member states wary of Community intervention in this traditionally national (or regional) policy field, its expansion has been described as symptomatic of the ‘EU’s will to power’ (Shore 2006).
20 February 2013
Feb 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Dr Eric GordyFebruary 2013
The main difference between public disorder in Bulgaria and everywhere else in Europe is that in Bulgaria the government responded. Although the immediate catalyst for protests was the state’s failure to control growth in the price of electricity, the core causes are shared in every European state: dissatisfaction resulting from the forced dismantling of social support services brought on by the European debt crisis, and a sense that policymakers are orienting their activity not to the needs of the public but to the service of large European banks.
19 February 2013
Feb 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Dr Nicola ChelottiFebruary 2013
On the 17 January 2013 the Council of the European Union established a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) military training mission (EUTM Mali) to specifically train and re-organise the Malian Armed Forces, in order to contribute to the restoration of the country's territorial integrity.
13 February 2013
Feb 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM
Prof Michael JacobsFebruary 2013
Despite its worthy motives, social market philosophy provides neither a useful analytical framework for understanding modern capitalism, nor the policy tools to address our present economic and social predicament. The concept of ‘market failure’, with its underlying assumption of market equilibrium, does not capture the systemically adverse outcomes of collective market forces. A more sophisticated understanding of capitalist economies, and the societies in which they exist, would recognise that the market economy is a dynamic but not self-regulating system. It is embedded in, and impacts on, four other economies – of the natural environment, of family and care, of voluntary association, and of the public sector – which operate under different motivations and allocative principles. The role of government is central, to balance the values created by different kinds of institutions and to constrain the dynamic impacts of market forces. A number of policy conclusions are offered arising from this framework.
Feb 13, 2013 12:00:00 PM
Ed PriceFebruary 2013
According to the House of Commons library as of January 23rd, “in the period September-November 2012, 957,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, up 1,000 on the previous quarter but down 82,000 on the previous year.”
4 February 2013
Feb 4, 2013 12:00:00 PM
Dr Christine RehJanuary 2013
22 October 2012
May 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Prof Philippe MarlièreJanuary 2013
John Maynard Keynes argued that ‘Economics is a moral and not a natural science’. Analogously, austerity policies should not be seen as a natural or a hard science. On the contrary, it is an ideological and normative construction. Supporters of austerity aim to deregulate further labour markets. In their most extreme expression – the ‘Shock Therapy’ scenario - such as Pinochet’s Chile in the 1970s, Russia in the 1990s, Argentina in the 2000s or today Greece and Portugal – austerity policies inflict incommensurable suffering on the populations which are subjected to it. What is more, they are not working.
27 September 2012
May 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Dec 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Professor Richard Bellamy
Richard Bellamy's contribution to a "Citizenship Forum" debate on EU citizens' voting rights in national elections, hosted by the European Union Democracy Observatory at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. For the background on this initiative and other contributions, see the Forum website.
May 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Oct 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Dr Sandra Kröger
“Not all observers would share the view that the current European crisis is as much a crisis of politics as economics. Yet it is fair to assume that the EU is currently undergoing a severe political crisis. This crisis relates as much to the democratic legitimacy of its institutions as it does to their broader social legitimacy and that of the European project as such” (Kröger, 2012).
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