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Scientific recursion: When the object reflects on its researcher

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It’s kind of funny when the lobbyist reflects on the political scientist’s reflections on lobbyism. This is what public affairs professional James, formerly based in the Brussels bubble and now in Washington, has just done on his blog, discussing a paper by Dr. Heike Klüver on lobby influences in the EU.

A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?

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As a political scientist interested in EU matters and as somebody involved in the EU blogosphere I’m almost daily working with official EU documents and EU legislation. And while I’m more and more familiar with the multitude of EU document databases and search interfaces, the easiest way to find EU legislation still is the use […]

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Don’t write the euro off just yet: An institutionalist perspective

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By Scott James The Economist’s front cover this week set me thinking about the prospects for the euro’s survival. There has been much coverage in the press over recent weeks about the impending collapse (or at least the shrinkage) of the eurozone as a consequence of the sovereign debt crises afflicting several member states, the […]

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New Ideas on Europe: How to use blogs for teaching

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Teaching is getting more important and EU scholars need to think how to adapt to a new generation of students that not only grew up with the internet but also tend to organise their lives using various social networks. However, it seems that many academics are slow to embrace social media as a teaching tool. […]

Social Values In The European Union: Are They Becoming More Important After The Lisbon Treaty?

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By Egle Dagilyte Some Comments on C-515/08 Santos Palhota and Others On 7 October 2010 the ECJ delivered a judgment that was built around the issues discussed in the very well-known posting of workers cases of Laval and Rüffert and Commission v Luxembourg. The facts of the case tell the story of a Portuguese company Termiso […]

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The not-so-certain death of Europe

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By Pablo Calderon Martinez The French public’s uproar and subsequent social mobilization that followed Sarkozy’s proposal to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and last September’s general strike in Spain are evidence of far more than the deep-rooted French tradition of influencing governments by taking to the streets, or the Spanish dissatisfaction with […]

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 […]

Presidency Paradox: The Problem with the new European Council President

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By Scott James Now that the sense of anti-climax surrounding the appointment of Herman van Rompuy as the new President of the European Council has subsided, it is worthwhile casting a critical eye over the likely role and powers of the new permanent president. Putting contingent factors (such as personality and leadership style) to one […]

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