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Leadership in the EU

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Writing in European Voice in November 2010, Tim King highlighted the problem of finding a definite answer to the question “Who leads Europe”? http://bit.ly/aNNWFt. Indeed it is a problematic question to answer without reference to either time or substance. Look at the response to the financial crisis. The first incumber of the new post-Lisbon position […]

Panel on Freedom, Security and Justice

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In 1966 Stanley Hoffmann wrote that European integration would be more likely to proceed in areas of ‘low’ than ‘high’ politics – integration was more likely in areas that did not impinge so directly on state sovereignty. He went on to argue that states would be reluctant to move into high politics because it would be […]

Some Info on the Panel on Inter-Institutional Relations at the UACES Conference 31 Jan/1 Feb

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The contributions to this interdisciplinary panel look at a variety of issues arising from the implementation of the new provisions in the Lisbon Treaty and the way in which these impact on inter-institutional relations in the EU. This involves a focus on the changes in the executive realm, with studies of the new European External […]

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 […]

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