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New Beginnings in Turkey post-Istanbul Mayoral elections or Not

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I have not commented on Turkish politics for a while now for I thought not much is changing in Turkey since 2013, except there has been a constant and continuous democratic backsliding and the reign of the Justice and Development Party for almost two decades. What today’s Istanbul Mayoral election result represents is a critical […]

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New Beginnings in Turkey post-Istanbul Mayoral elections or Not

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I have not commented on Turkish politics for a while now for I thought not much is changing in Turkey since 2013, except there has been a constant and continuous democratic backsliding and the reign of the Justice and Development Party for almost two decades. What today’s Istanbul Mayoral election result represents is a critical […]

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The “Spitzenkandidaten” in the media: did they make a difference this time?

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This is a post on Spitzenkandidaten by Dr Katjana Gattermann. The text was originally published in the edited volume Euroflections. Leading academics on the European elections 2019, a free downloadable report with results, analyses and reflections on the election to the European Parliament 2019. More than 70 researchers from all over Europe participate in the […]

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European Parliament should be more involved in choice of Commission president than provided for by Spitzenkandidat systems

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The European institutions soon have to choose new heads of the Commission and the European Council for the next five years. At present most of the debate is over the choice of the next Commission president and whether it should be by the so called Spitzenkandidat system favoured by Germany and which was introduced in […]

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Theresa May, the Paradoxical Prime Minister

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Theresa May has resigned.  Expecting terrible results for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament elections (expectations that have not only been met, but surpassed), having greatly upset her backbenchers by negotiating (unsuccessfully) with Labour to get the Withdrawal Agreement approved by Parliament, and then when that failed attempting to bring it forward as the […]

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A low turnout today will favour Farage

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This article is dedicated to Dave. He’s a good guy, but he told me this week that he doesn’t vote, he can’t see the point, he doesn’t think it makes any difference. Dave – and all others who have the same view (and sadly, there are many of them) – need to be reminded of […]

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A business view of Brexit

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I spent most of the day yesterday hanging around* a big bunch of procurement managers: I was very well-behaved and even at the point of speaking to a trio of Chief Procurement Officers I didn’t make a Star Wars droid joke. This was an annual world congress for such individuals and it was very instructive […]

The Lack of Transparency Surrounding EUROPOL and the Hotspots

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The 2015 European Agenda on Migration envisaged a significant role for FRONTEX, EASO, and EUROPOL, the function to operationally implement the Agenda and closely cooperate in the management of the hotspots established in Italy and Greece. Due to the extraordinary migratory pressure at the external borders of these frontline Member States, FRONTEX, EASO, and EUROPOL were called to […]

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Spanish election result provides much needed boost for Socialists across EU

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A good result for the Sanchez’s Socialists The Spanish election result provides a much needed fillip to Socialist/Social Democrat parties n the EU which have suffered severe setbacks in the last two years – for different reasons – in France, Italy, Germany and other countries.  The Socialists (PSOE) who had formed a minority government under […]

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The Idea of Europe has failed!

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Europe has been engulfed politically and intellectually with one question –has the idea of Europe failed? One unified Idea of Europe was a consolation post WWII world and an achievement of “democratic world” post the fall of Berlin wall. But is it so… the Brexit conundrum shows there are more countries to follow Britain  in […]

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