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Translating the Barroso/van Rompuy letter to the G20

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EU Commission president Barroso and European Council President van Rompuy have written a letter to the G20 (pdf). Here is my translation “EU speak to human language” to show what they actually mean: The decisions we have taken in our G20 Summits to date have been crucial in steering us through the global financial and economic […]

Interview: Ben Rosamond and the importance of IPE in European Studies

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Ben Rosamond (Copenhaguen University) and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (Oxford Brookes University) discuss the current and future importance of non-mainstream IPE approaches in understanding the European Union and its role in the new world order after the Global Financial Crisis.

The paradox of competition policy in the US and EU: Is efficiency enough for economic freedom?

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A short analysis of US and European antitrust policy in the aftermath of the crisis. The genesis of the current crisis may be explained through the argument of a paradoxical lack of competition in the international market. This trend has been generated by a more general set of laissez faire policies, which have been applied […]

Designing the Euro: An institutional hole?

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“If Member States run sound public finances, as a rule, they will never find themselves in a position where they have to correct an excessive deficit,” underlined Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner for economic and financial affairs, presenting the 2007 ‘Public Finances in EMU’ report in June. “And that is why the preventive arm of the Stability […]

Is German Dominance of the ECB Responsible for sub-optimal Monetary Policy in the Eurozone?

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By Sarah Fuchs German dominance over the European Central Bank (ECB) is nowhere more apparent than in the price stability goal of inflation at or below 2% enshrined in the Maastricht Treaty. A notable success in postwar Germany was the excellent record of the Bundesbank on maintaining price stability, which represented an important break with […]

Where is the “flagship” in the European Innovation Union flagship initiative

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I’m preparing for the first day of the EU Competitiveness Council tomorrow which will be dedicated to research issues. On the agenda: Europe 2020 strategy – Annual Growth Survey; contribution to the European semester Interim evaluation of the 7th Research Framework Programme including the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) European Innovation Union flagship initiative Follow-up to the […]

Journal-istic: The EU’s influence on national tax systems

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In the latest issue (7/2010) of the “Journal of European Public Policy“, Achim Kemmerling* asks the following question (link to the article): Does Europeanization, the single market in particular, lead to convergence in national tax policies? He starts his article by pointing to four possible major mechanisms drawn from the literature that may explain why national tax […]

The Eurozone Crisis and the Delicate Plant Syndrome in European Studies

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I cannot help feeling that it is not only Angela Merkel, the Greek state, and Eurostat who have plenty of egg on their faces after the events of the last year. But also European Studies as a discipline with public responsibility has some hard questions to answer about why it has on the whole failed […]

EU-US Agreement on SWIFT bank data transfer

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By Claudia Hillebrand On Monday night, a contested transatlantic counter-terrorism agreement jumped another hurdle. In an extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) accepted a recommendation suggesting that the plenum of the European Parliament (EP) should approve the revised EU-US Agreement on SWIFT bank data […]

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