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The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat
process has created a new set of political and
institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of
the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Working Paper: Rethinking European Integration after the Debt Crisis
Publication date: Sep 27, 2012 7:39:00 PM
Jun 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Prof Giandomenico Majone (EUI)
A decade and a half after his groundbreaking arguments on the regulatory nature of the European Union and the case against the democratic deficit, Giandomenico Majone argues in this recent Working Paper, presented at UCL in June 2012, that the problems revealed by the crisis of monetary union, and the crisis itself, have their roots in the method of integration methods itself. The crisis, he argues, reveals the fundamental structural flaws in the European edifice – flaws concealed in the past by what he had previously called the prevailing “political culture of total optimism” (Majone 2011). In a severe attack on the democratic deficit he now diagnoses as being in full swing, Majone analyses these integration methods and beliefs, the limits of a one-size-fits-all policy model and the fragility of supranational institutions, before reflecting on the implications for teaching European integration after the debt crisis.