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Spilled water, wasted funds? – A special look at a special EU Court of Auditors report

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Water is one of the most important resources for social and economic development. Water supply for domestic consumption is essential for human health and wellbeing.

This is a very general though strong statement, one that few would argue against. You may have expected such a sentence in the UN Resolution on the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015”.

Social media and the EESC: How to get visibility to an unknown institution?

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Do you know what the EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee, is? If yes, have you ever heard about anything it has been doing? Do you know any person working there – the President, the Secretary General etc.? Do we know about the actual influence of this advisory EU body? Today, together with fellow Bloggingportal.eu […]

Fighting cyber crime

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By Claudia Hillebrand One of the topics discussed earlier this week at the JHA Council were EU-wide measures to fight cyber crime. The European Commission presented a legislative proposal to the Council with the aim of revamping the EU’s anti-cyber crime toolbox, in particular concerning large-scale cyber attacks. This is a timely topic, as there […]

Journal-istic: Does EU democracy assistance fail?

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[I]n democracy assistance the EU starts with a relatively big plan and ends up with a particularly small outcome I was surprised to find this kind of statement in a scientific journal; it sounds so nicely down to earth that I was really interested in finding out how Federica Bicchi had come to this conclusion 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 […]

Brussels, barricades and the future of EMU

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By Scott James The recent demonstrations in Brussels have perhaps brought home to many of us the scale of the challenge facing Europe, and the Eurozone in particular, in its efforts to learn and adapt to the global financial crisis. A recent postgraduate workshop at King’s College London on the subject of ‘Rethinking Europe after […]

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 […]

The Changing Role of Embassies in EU Member States

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What the hell do we need embassies between EU member states for today? You can hear this question from finance ministers and ordinary citizens alike. Clearly, the role of bilateral embassies between EU member states has been affected by European integration and the global technological revolution. Internet resources, secure e-mail and video-conferencing have enabled instant […]

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