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Does Europe need a sport diplomacy?

The summer of 2016, between the French Euro and the Brazilian Olympics has demonstrated once more to what extent sport has become an important showcase for contemporary nation-states. Not only for the hosts, but also for the participants (ask the Portuguese or the Icelanders, the British or the Jamaicans). The historians of nationalism have well […]

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EU leaks are back on the agenda - also in the Council

Ronny Patz |

Yesterday, I was working on a new academic paper on how to do research on EU leaks. And then first the Greens presented their EUleaks platform and later EurActiv published this article about the new Commission anti-leak strategy. So below I publish an internal  Council document with its measures to prevent leaks. My interest on EU leaks […]


euanddemocracy |


- ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ: Διαβάστε ολόκληρη την Επιστολή της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής προς τον Έλληνα ΥΠΟΙΚ για την Υπόθεση ΕΛΣΤΑΤ, μεταφρασμένη στα Ελληνικά. – EXCLUSIVE: Read the entire letter sent from the European Commission to the Greek Finance Minister for the ELSTAT Case. -  Visit our new Google+ and Youtube pages. -  Dr. Anna-Lena Högenauer & Prof. David […]

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ: Η Επιστολή της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής προς τον Έλλην [...]

Mr. Alexandros Kyriakidis, euanddemocracy |

EC Letter Greek FinM (GR) Aug 2016

Παρατίθεται παρακάτω η επιστολή (μεταφρασμένη στα Ελληνικά από τον Αλέξανδρο Κυριακίδη – μπορείτε να βρείτε εδώ την αρχική Αγγλική έκδοση στην οποία συντάχθηκε η επιστολή) που απέστειλαν προς τον Έλληνα Υπουργό Οικονομικών Ευκλείδη Τσακαλώτο (κοινοποιήθηκε επίσης στον Πρόεδρο του Eurogroup Γερούν Ντάισελμπλουμ) στις 23 Αυγούστου 2016 οι: Valdis Dombrovskis, Αντιπρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής για το […]


EXCLUSIVE: The Letter Sent from the European Commission to the Greek Finance Minister for the ELSTAT Case

Mr. Alexandros Kyriakidis, euanddemocracy |

Presented below is the letter sent to the Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (Carbon Copied also to the Chair of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem) on 23rd of August 2016 from Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Marianne Thyssen, […]

The EU is not the USSR

Jon Danzig |

A Brexiteer in the BBC Question Time audience last Thursday compared the EU to the Soviet Union. It’s an entirely false and unfounded comparison. There is absolutely no resemblance between the EU and the USSR. Such comparisons are reckless, childish and nonsensical. It shows no understanding or respect for those people who truly suffered and […]

It's not undemocratic to challenge Brexit

Jon Danzig |

There is nothing else like it on the internet: the unique and growing portfolio of over 300 graphics and articles continuing to present the case every day for Britain to remain in the EU. I started the Reasons2Remain Facebook Community Campaign on Monday 4 April 2016. With a small team of supporters, for the following 11 […]

Knowledge politics and policies section @ ECPR 2016

Europe of Knowledge |

Martina Vukasovic The 2016 edition of the General Conference of ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) took place in Prague, 7-10 September 2016. Approximately 2000 participants presented their most recent work in political science, policy analysis, public administration and related areas of inquiry in almost 70 different sections. The newly formed ECPR Standing Group on […]

How Best to Integrate Postgraduate Research into Academic Conferences?

Crossroads Europe |

As academic coordinator of the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) conference that took place in Brussels this May, Lisanne Groen introduced Young Researchers’ Masterclasses into the fifth edition of the biennial conference. The masterclasses, deemed successful, saw senior scholars give pointed feedback on both papers and presentations of younger scholars, and enabled them to […]

Unconventional Monetary Policies and the ECB’s Problematic Democratic Legitimacy

Dr. Anna-Lena Högenauer, Prof. David Howarth |

Since 2010, the EU’s political institutions have often been slow to respond to the challenges of the sovereign debt crisis, banking crisis and economic recession in much of the EU. In this context, the European Central Bank (ECB) has attempted to compensate for the political inertia with the adoption of a range of new unconventional […]

How to achieve a new UK-EU deal when no-one knows what they want

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Now we’re back into the normal flow of things, I’ve been giving more talks about Brexit, and writing pieces for other sites. As I decried in my previous posts here (and here), a major challenge for pursuing Brexit is that there is no clarity on either side about what the objective might be. That in turn makes it almost impossible […]

More Brexit clusterf**king

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 2 comments

So it turns out that Usherwood’s Law is simply that things can always get worse. It’s not quite my childhood dream, but (appositely) it could be worse. Since publishing The Brexit Clusterf**k earlier on, I’ve had lots of feedback on Twitter, essentially boiling down to “you forgot some other things”. Since I’m apparently on a roll here, […]

The Brexit clusterf**k

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 1 comment

UPDATED: read a second installation here, after all your comments.   Summer is over: winter is coming in the world of Brexit. As politicians return from their sojourns in the sun, they open up their emails and briefings to find that things are going about as badly as they could. I’m writing this at the end […]

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