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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Israel & the Arab World: An Essay on Conflict

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The Arab world is in conflict and has been so for many decades now but where does Israel fit into the whole picture? Israel looks at the conflict with some reserve and some trepidation, owing to its many problems to try to fit in anyway. Although one of the most powerful countries in the Middle […]

Giving Substance to Austerity Alternatives

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TRAVEL DIARY: Day 9 of our caravan tour through the Iberian peninsula, part of the Transeuropa caravans Leaving Faro was hard, for one because we would have liked to spend more time with the lovely people and at our lovely hostel, and for another because we left so terribly early (Paula forgot at least three […]

Goodbye from Brussels & my Ombudsman case against the European Commission

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Yesterday has been my last day at the Transparency International EU Office, before returning into the world of political science in June. In fact, I will be starting Monday as a researcher at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Funny coincidence that  also yesterday the European Ombudsman has decided to officially close my case […]

Are the Treaties more integrationist than their Masters?

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In defence of my proposed inter-pillar tie-breaker, I remarked that the Treaties have a tendency of being more integrationist – i.e. more inclined towards strengthening European integration – than the Member States, even though the Member States are supposed to be the Maîtres des Traités, the Masters of the Treaties. So I started to wonder: […]

When researchers reach out and engage with the public in a dialogue

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Whilst most of Europe is analysing the latest EP election results and journalists are calling academics for an expert assessment, this blog post will take a slightly different perspective and instead focus on how we – academics/researchers – engage the public in a dialogue about for example the EU. Research dissemination has become a central […]

Europe Moves – ‘An EU earthquake’

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Anti-EU parties have made huge gains in the European Parliament elections 2014 and caused what the headlines are describing as an ‘earthquake’. But despite this, pro-EU parties still retain the most seats in the European Parliament, and the European Peoples Party* – strong supporters of the European Union project – is still Europe’s biggest party with […]

Post-electoral spin: How will the European elections 2014 be interpreted?

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Tonight, tomorrow, and Tuesday will be less about the results of the European Parliament elections, it will be all about spinning messages around the results of the European Parliament elections. If the pre-electoral polls are only roughly right, there may be a party with the largest number of seats, but there will be no clear […]