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Europe: the story of why

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

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”.

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

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

  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

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