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European Studies Summer School 2016: what is Brussels talking about this year?

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From Thursday, I will again teach a 2-week European Studies intensive course here in Munich, with students from China, South Korea, Jordan, India, Canada and different EU countries. When I taught the course for the first time in 2014, I was just back from living in Brussels where I had worked for the EU Office […]

‘Chaotic Turkey, paralysed NATO, lead-taking EU?!’ by Nele Ewers-Peters

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Can and should NATO learn from the EU? When a group within the Turkish military attempted a coup to overthrow the current government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) last Friday, the world knew that chaotic times will be ahead. This was however not the first coup […]

The EU and Brexit: Sailing in uncharted waters

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The momentous decision to opt for exit from the European Union that was made by a slim majority of the British public on 23 June immediately will have long-lasting effects which will linger for years to come. The immediate result of the Brexit decision was profound domestic political and economic turmoil in the UK. This […]

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What a difference a Treaty makes: CFP reform debates in the 2000s and 2010s

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Long-time readers of this blog will remember my (past) obsession with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) thanks to my PhD research on information flows in EU policy-making during the recent CFP reform. In a new paper posted on arxiv.org by titled “Exploring the Political Agenda of the European Parliament Using a Dynamic Topic Modeling Approach“, Derek […]

Brexit and the Football Euro Cup – Chaos in the Making?

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What have Brexit and England in the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in common? Defeat for some, happiness for others. What have David Cameron and Roy Hodgson in common? A sad resignation for some, the beginning of a new era for others. Having a crucial referendum and an important football match within just a few days […]

Why the Brits should calm down about Turkey’s possible EU membership

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Turkey is not going to join the European Union any time soon; then what is this noise about Turkey acceding into the EU and Turkish people coming into the United Kingdom?  And so what if Turks come to the United Kingdom, there are already more than 100,000 people of Turkey live in the UK. Plus […]

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Brexit: what does France think?

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Not that anyone in Britain cares what the French think. As a matter of fact, even the French themselves don’t care that much. They have other ‘cats to whip’ as they say around here: social unrest, terrorist murders, drunk hooligans. There have been surprisingly little surveys in this normally poll-obsessed country, and while the British […]

A More Democratic EU Starts at Home

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“Taking back control” from an anti-democratic EU is a central theme of the “leave campaign”. Even some of those advocating “stay” concede the EU needed to “reform” to become more democratic and accountable. This response is puzzling given the existing opportunities to influence EU as well as critics’ vagueness and disagreement about how a more […]

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

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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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