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Monthly Archives: October 2012

The structure of EU politics: Story-telling about European Parliament committees

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Trying to make sense of EU politics is quite difficult. Good story-telling is almost impossible because too many people are involved in too many issues. Convincing analysis is hard because the amount of time you have to invest in research is often not proportionate to the amount of insight you get. Yet, we have to […]

La Poste

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This has to be some kind of conspiracy: No sooner had I advocated for the greater use of EPICs than the CJEU declared them unlawful. On September 20, the 6th Chamber of the General Court, with Judge Wahl acting as rapporteur, upheld the Commission’s State Aid Decision again France over La Poste, the French Postal Services. So where did it go […]

Trilogues boost the influence of majority party leaders over EU policy

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“Despite speeding up the legislative process, trilogues allow the Council to negotiate directly with majority party leaders in the European Parliament at the expense of committees and minority parties”. Dr Raya Kardasheva is a Lecturer in European Politics at King’s College London The establishment of the co-decision procedure in the EU legislative system led to […]

European Council decides: Number of Commissioners = number of EU member states

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Maybe it has escaped my attention, but I just saw this European Council Decision dated 2 October plus this document dated 28 September that formally decides that the number of European Commissioners will not be reduced as originally foreseen in the EU Treaties. Instead, a special exception will be used made in concession to the Irish […]