Guest blogpost by Ewoud Lauwerier, researchers at the University of Lausanne writing a PhD on the democratic legitimacy of the EU. In order for the EU to escape the spiral of negativity that surrounds it and to become again a cause worth believing in, it should refocus its story on why it is, rather than… » read more
Blog by Eljalill Tauschinsky Recently, the CJEU published a judgment and a corresponding press release which will probably delight many users of the access to documents provisions of the EU – of which me and my fellow academics rank supreme – namely the judgment in Case T-188/12. Yet it does not only contain reason for… » read more
On February 28th 2015, I attended a very interesting event – the Polish Economic Forum. Held at the London School of Economics, the conference had been organised by Polish students of the LSE SU Polish Business Society, whose organising skills – in addition to the accompanying attractions – made the Forum a truly spectacular event.… » read more
By Javier Solana & Steven Blockmans One of the EU’s so-called founding fathers, Jean Monnet, has taught Europeans that ‘Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises’. Does this now count for the EU and its role as a security actor?
By The Risk Monger Stupid legislation from Brussels leads to frustration, an inability to comply and the resort of having to turn to lawyers to continue to properly function. Rather than getting rid of bad regulators in DG Health, industry is left with no choice but to turn to the short-sighted and limited “Derogation Dance”.
Stupid legislation from Brussels leads to frustration, an inability to comply and the resort of having to turn to lawyers to continue to properly function. Rather than getting rid of bad regulators in DG Health, industry is left with no choice but to turn to the short-sighted and limited “Derogation Dance”.
The European Commission has declared the need for a period of reflection after Opinion 2/13 of the European Court of Justice has stopped the European Union from signing up to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Mindful of its legal duty under Article 6(2) TEU to achieve the EU’s accession to the Convention, the… » read more
Once again, France got several years extra for getting rid of its excessive deficit. Once again, Greece was held up to its reform promises and given not a respite. The Commission is applying double standards on the eurozone members. This will lead to huge damage of Europe’s trust and credibility. On February 25, the Brussels… » read more
En avril 2014, l’ancien Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté en France, Jean-Marie Delarue, a fait valoir dans son avis relatif à l’encellulement individuel que ce principe visait «à offrir, à chaque personne incarcérée, un espace où elle se trouve protégée d’autrui et où elle peut donc ainsi préserver son intimité et se… » read more
Recently, I took the initiative to organise a roundtable debate with the EurActiv Institute entitled: “Which European primary election system for citizens to connect better with the EU?” In 2014 the European Union introduced the Spitzenkandidaten system with primary elections for the first time at the European level. Each party put forward one candidate who… » read more
Prior to the 2014 elections the EU’s leading federalist and constitution specialist, Andrew Duff, oversaw the writing and drafting of the Fundamental Law Treaty to amend the Lisbon Treaty. The aim is for the EU to form a federal government to help it function more efficiently and eliminate many of the problems the EU… » read more
By Rebecca Harding, CEO of Delta Economics Germany holds the answer to Kissinger’s question: “Who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?” It needs – metaphorically – to pick up the phone.
Federalism has become such a dirty word in EU politics, and federalists are accused of so many evils that some EU’s federalists are now hiding in the closet and will not freely admit their affiliation. The nationalists view the Federalists as the bad boys of EU politics who are trying to turn the EU into… » read more
The EU officially came to Yale this weekend via the European Student Conference who obtained funding from the European Commission’s ERASMUS program for higher education students. The European Student Conference brought to the United States members of the EU Commission and Parliament and other EU heavyweights to officially launch their think -tank European Horizons.… » read more
There we go again with questions, this time on the future of the Eurozone. Yet again. After 7 years of financial and economic strain, are we still wondering what a monetary union really is and what it needs to succeed in the long-run? At the informal meeting of the European Council yesterday evening in Brussels,… » read more
“To be honest, I was wrong about the Spitzenkandidaten process. It is an important first step to give the EU a face – and it gives the public a buy-in to EU politics”, mentioned a former UK cabinet minister at an event in Brussels, under the Chatham House rule. In 2014 the European Union introduced… » read more
Yesterday was crunch time for EurActory, EU Community’s first tool to identify relevant EU experts. We found ourselves surrounding by 150+ potential users, eager to take a peek at the platform. So we pitched EurActory…
Research Executive Elias Papadopoulos comments on the European Parliament’s inability to adopt a common position on the Commission’s 2015 Work Programme. To read Elias’ article, please click here. The Whitehouse Consultancy is one of Europe’s leading public affairs and communications agencies.
EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time. FAQ5 – Who is behind EurActory? At the very beginning of the project, the initiators were confronted with a challenge. The… » read more
By EU Perspectives The old cliché “who’ll blink first” has never seemed more appropriate when it comes to Greece’s election as Merkel and Tsipras face each other.