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Austerity, impact and divided Europe of Knowledge

Inga Ulnicane ‘Crisis should not be wasted’. Since the beginning of the global economic crisis in 2008, this idea has been repeated many times suggesting that crisis should rather be used as an opportunity for innovative solutions and necessary reforms. One of such potential changes emphasized by European institutions has been prioritization of research and […]

Is the IMF necessary for the 3rd Greek Program?

Tensions have been growing between Greece and the IMF, including a highly controversial Wikileaks leaked conversation between the IMF Mission Chief for Greece and the Head of IMF’s European Department that raised issues at the highest level, with letters being exchanged between IMF’s Managing Director Cristine Lagarde and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Amongst these […]

The Introduction of an Individual Complaint Mechanism [...]

The mandate and budget of Frontex has consistently been enhanced since its inception in 2004. Since the Agency’s role under EU law has expanded, the capacity of Frontex to deal with possible violations of fundamental rights should be strengthened as well. In this regard, the European Ombudsman and the Parliament recommended that Frontex introduced an individual complaint mechanism to handle violations of fundamental […]

(S)electing the next Secretary-General of the United N [...]

Two years ago, the European Union had its first true electoral campaign held in public for the selection of the EU’s chief administrator, the President of the European Commission. Now, although within a different institutional context, we witness a similar process in the United Nations: the first open nomination procedure for the next chief administrator […]

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Five Things You Need to Know About Brexit

Anthony Salamone |

Ahead of the University of Edinburgh’s free online course Towards Brexit? The UK’s EU Referendum and one month before the referendum, here are five things you need to know about the Brexit debate: 1. We’ve been here before In 1975, the UK held its first-ever nationwide referendum on whether to stay in the European Economic Community (the […]

Fact, ideology and logic in the EU referendum campaign

Ellie Brooks | | 1 comment

The EU debate is a minefield, with half-truths and whole-lies coming from both camps. The reason for this, as I understand it, is twofold. Firstly, it is impossible to know what will happen in the event that the UK leaves the EU, or indeed what will happen in five, ten or fifty years’ time if […]

Towards Brexit? The UK’s EU Referendum

Anthony Salamone |

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The UK’s referendum on EU membership is now firmly on the horizon. Referendum Day – 23 June – could well be remembered as a landmark in the UK’s relations with the rest of the world, as well as for its own constitutional settlement. Campaigning has been in full swing for a number of weeks, with […]


This June's EU Referendum is Unlikely to be the UK's Last

Anthony Salamone |

The approaching referendum on the UK’s EU membership is set to be historic, whatever its outcome. It will either be only the second time in European history that the people of a Member State has specifically endorsed continued membership (the first also being the UK with the 1975 Common Market Referendum), or the first time […]

Charge of the Light Brigade

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

After what feels like a lifetime, we move into the final weeks of this EU referendum campaign. A quick peek at the calendar only gives us five weeks until the vote and all the talk of long campaigns and attention deficits feels pushed to one side, as we flip into rushes for the line, tales […]

Political Myths and How to Study Them

Crossroads Europe | | 2 comments

Political myths are a particular kind of narrative used to shape the legitimacy of a political system, writes Jeremy F. G. Moulton. He argues that, despite the difference between the academic and common usages of ‘myth’, political myth theory can generate important insights for political authority, and that it may prove useful in understanding questions […]


euanddemocracy |

- New Blog Post by Alexandros Kyriakidis in Greek: “Πότε μία χώρα ‘βγαίνει από το Μνημόνιο’ ΕΕ-ΔΝΤ?” – New Blog Post by Alexandros Kyriakidis: “When does a Eurozone Member State really exit its EU-IMF bailout?” – New Blog Post by Alexandros Kyriakidis at SPERI Comment: “Democracy and Eurozone Structural Adjustment Programmes”  

Πότε μία χώρα "βγαίνει από το Μνημόνιο" ΕΕ-ΔΝΤ?

Alexandros Kyriakidis |

Τον Μάρτιο του 2016 η Κύπρος έγινε το τέταρτο από τα πέντε Κράτη-Μέλη της Ευρωζώνης που έλαβαν οικονομική βοήθεια από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση (ΕΕ) και το Διεθνές Νομισματικό Ταμείο (ΔΝΤ). Ολοκλήρωσε το πρόγραμμα του με το ΔΝΤ την 7η Μαρτίου και με τον Ευρωπαϊκό Μηχανισμό Στήριξης (ΕΜΣ) την 31η Μαρτίου. Αυτό παρουσιάζεται συχνά ως ‘έξοδος […]

When does a Eurozone Member State actually exit its EU-IMF bailout?

Alexandros Kyriakidis |

On March 2016, Cyprus became the fourth out of the five Eurozone Member States under European Union (EU) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial assistance to end its program – a so called ‘exit’ (IMF on the 7th). Despite appearances and terminology, however, this is actually not a whole-out, true program exit. What does it […]

Leaving EU doesn't appeal, said Boris Johnson

Jon Danzig |

Boris Johnson has spoken out against holding a referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union. The Guardian reported that Mr Johnson’s intervention would help the prime minister, David Cameron. Mr Johnson told BBC Radio Five Live, “Whether you have an in/out referendum now, I can’t quite see why it would […]

Hidden from the Eye – Learning Practices to Coordinate European Research Policy

Europe of Knowledge |

Merli Tamtik Despite long-lasting resistance from the member-states and the unwillingness to yield power ‘naturally’ to the supra-national level (Gornitzka, 2009), the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has established itself as a leader in coordinating European research policy. How do we explain this emerging role of the European Commission in shaping European research […]

Democracy and Eurozone structural adjustment programmes

Alexandros Kyriakidis |

By now, there can be little doubt that reforms to the European Union during the Eurozone crisis have impacted negatively on its democratic performance. After all, this has been a recurring and haunting ‘curse’ of the Economic and Monetary Union’s political economy and ordoliberal foundations. Of particular concern has been the lack of input by […]

Δήλωση Eurogroup 9 Μαΐου 2016 για την Ελλάδα: Σύνοψη & Σχόλια

Alexandros Kyriakidis |

A. Η Δήλωση 1. Δεν ολοκληρώνεται η 1η Αξιολόγηση. Επιπλέον μέτρα: -Ένα πρώτο πακέτο (προφανώς άλλα θα ακολουθήσουν) μέτρων ύψους 3% του ΑΕΠ μέχρι το 2018: όπως και πριν, περιλαμβάνονται μέτρα για συντάξεις, φόρους, ΦΠΑ, και περαιτέρω μέτρα για τους μισθούς των δημοσίων υπαλλήλων. – Επιπλέον αυτόματος μηχανισμός περικοπών, που θα συμφωνηθεί με τους θεσμούς, […]

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