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The Dilemmas of European Decision-making and the Illegitimacy of the Fiscal Compact

EU decision-making assumes agreement at two levels: the national and the European. The dilemma highlighted by the crisis is how to make collective EU decisions acceptable not just to the 28 governments and MEPs but also to each of the peoples they represent. This problem cannot be resolved by either taking problematic decisions out of the political domain or confining them to decision-making purely at the EU level.
Prof Richard Bellamy
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Sick Man of Europe to Economic Superstar

New research suggests that economic policy played no essential role in the dramatic resurgence of Germany’s economy, with important lessons for Europe.
Prof Christian Dustmann et.al.
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Horizon 2020 Launches! What Can We Expect?

After many months of plans, news and social media chatter, the EU’s new “Horizon 2020” programme for investing €70 billion* in science and innovation from 2014-2020, has launched. The first calls are now online and UCL plans to be at the forefront of participation.
Dr Michael Galsworthy
January 2014
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Starts: Jan 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Interdisciplinary Views on Political Representation in the UK

Publication date: Sep 27, 2012 7:39:00 PM

Start: May 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Dr Sandra Kröger

August 2012

Dr Sandra Kroger

“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).

This working paper edited by Dr. Sarah Kröger (Marie Curie Fellow, Exeter) takes an interdisciplinary view on the current European crisis and what it means for the EU’s legitimacy.  Has the “democratic deficit” increased as a result of the crisis, is it an overstatement, does it exist?  If yes, how to deal with it? More than thirty academics, researchers and policymakers across Europe provide their opinion on the subject over a straightforward set of Q&A.  Different disciplinary, methodological but also political views provide an in depth perspective on the question of the European crisis and the democratic deficit.