Ideas on Europe

Democracy & Citizenship

Why does the EU not learn how to improve its democracy support practices?

JCMS |

The EU has aimed to support democratization in Arab countries for decades, yet the region is still one of the most authoritarian in the world. What is most striking is that the EU has apparently not learnt from its past ineffective democracy support (DS) attempts but continuously reproduces DS malpractices.

Ukraine’s other battle: the one against corruption

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Michael Richter to eu!radio! He is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the University of Surrey, in Britain. He spoke about how Ukraine is not only defending itself against the Russian aggression, but also fighting a second battle, against corruption.

European elections: voting matters!

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Simon Usherwood to eu!radio! He is a professor at the Open University in Britain, and Chair of UACES. He shared his thoughts on the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

Clashes of sovereignty

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Emilija Tudzarovska to eu!radio! She is a Lecturer in Contemporary European Politics at Charles University, in Prague and her research focuses on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union. She spoke about her scientific approach to the crisis of representative democracy that we all perceive.

Two years of war in Ukraine : lessons learnt

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Albrecht Sonntag to eu!radio! He is a professor at ESSCA School of Management, based in Angers, France. He spoke about the European Union’s learning process over the last two years since Russia's invasion on Ukraine.

The gap between political and judicial subsidiarity

JCMS |

by Ton van den Brink (Utrecht University), Martijn Huysmans (Utrecht University) and Philippe van Gruisen (Leiden University) The subsidiarity principle, which says the EU should not overreach and leave as much freedom as possible to the Member States, got a real boost from the Treaty of Lisbon. Nonetheless, a significant gap between the political and […]

'Migrant Instrumentalisation' , EU’s Border with Belarus and Russia and Realities on the Ground

Dr Aleksandra Jolkina |

In late November 2023, Finland temporary closed all its border crossing points with Russia in response to the perceived ‘instrumentalisation of migrants’ by that country. This has been made possible by the recent amendments to the Finnish Border Guard Act that allow for border closure in case of a large influx of migrants, deliberately caused […]

Institutional quality and geography of discontent in the EU

JCMS |

by Burhan Can Karahasan (MEF University) and Mehmet Pinar (Universidad de Sevilla and Istanbul Bilgi University)   In the 2016 Referendum, with a Leave vote of 51.89%, the United Kingdom (UK) became the first country to withdraw from the European Union (EU) officially. While the political and economic consequences of the Brexit process are still […]

The sun goes down in Retained EU Law, sort of

Simon Usherwood |

Christmas is, of course, the most Brexit-y time of year. Who can forget such classic moments as reading treaties under the tinsel in 2019 and 2020, or pondering the no-confidence vote in 2018 over a glass of eggnog? Obviously keen to keep up the tradition after a couple of fallow years, this time we get […]

Good Will to Migrants? A European Christmas Story

Dermot Hodson |

Every year, the Austrian delegation of the European People's Party, a centre-right political group, donates a Christmas tree to the European Parliament. Grown in Mariazell, in the picturesque forests of the Styrian Alps, this carbon-neutral silver fir is transported to Brussels by train and displayed in the European Union's legislature as a symbol of hope and friendship.  

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