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Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Crisis, the Euro, and the development of a European polity?

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By Simon McMahon The Euro is going through its greatest challenge, a fight for survival. The financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn have put the single currency under pressure as Greece, Ireland, Portugal and possibly Spain or Italy struggle to keep markets happy, confidence up and debt off their backs. However, despite the ease with […]

Who leads the EU?

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Who leads the European Union – or even “Europe”? A weighty question indeed – and thankfully not one that preoccupies only the members of this particular panel. Indeed, as well-regarded and experienced a figure as former MEP Richard Corbett has recently asked it again (Corbett, “Who Leads the European Union?” European Voice, January 6, 2011). […]

Deliberation All the Way Up

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Uwe Puetter has written a fascinating article due to come out in the Journal of European Public Policy this year that relates to the role of the European Council and the Council in giving leadership to economic governance. His essential argument is that in the absence of formal extensions of EU competence in the economic […]

The EU Council Presidency 2.0: New treaties, new member states, new communication

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The description of my blog says that “I attempt to translate between political science and political practice in EU matters“. Yesterday was a day full of opportunities for this. I could start talking about the combination of science and practice for the blog post and paper “Transparency in the Financing of Europarties” that I wrote […]

Leadership in the EU

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Writing in European Voice in November 2010, Tim King highlighted the problem of finding a definite answer to the question “Who leads Europe”? http://bit.ly/aNNWFt. Indeed it is a problematic question to answer without reference to either time or substance. Look at the response to the financial crisis. The first incumber of the new post-Lisbon position […]

Panel on Freedom, Security and Justice

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In 1966 Stanley Hoffmann wrote that European integration would be more likely to proceed in areas of ‘low’ than ‘high’ politics – integration was more likely in areas that did not impinge so directly on state sovereignty. He went on to argue that states would be reluctant to move into high politics because it would be […]

Some Info on the Panel on Inter-Institutional Relations at the UACES Conference 31 Jan/1 Feb

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The contributions to this interdisciplinary panel look at a variety of issues arising from the implementation of the new provisions in the Lisbon Treaty and the way in which these impact on inter-institutional relations in the EU. This involves a focus on the changes in the executive realm, with studies of the new European External […]