Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical

Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed the creation of new bodies, for example a euro zone parliament, strengthen European democracy? I don’t think so. If the EU went to see an “Institutional Doctor”, he or she wouldn’t be able to diagnose a great deal and wouldn’t...
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Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed...
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There are only anachronisms in today’s world A common criticism of the European technocrats is that they live in their own...
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Progressivism is the best way to be a feminist. Feminism is the best way to be a Progressive! Real equality between women and men is the base of European values and of...
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2019: The European Year of Faith? The Future of Europe was always a constant source of concern for those who...
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Can the next European elections actually be about choosing alternative scenarios? The short answer is ‘yes’ but this requires a fundamental shift in terms of...
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Can Progressives lead towards the establishment of a new kind of political coalition for the EU? In fully developed competitive democracies, elections generally are about choosing alternative scenarios. This being...
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Efficiency and equity: Implications for a new pattern of European integration Over the last few months the wind has positively changed in Europe. From the...
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The time has come for Progressives to reclaim the process of EU integration 60 years after the Rome treaties, time has come for progressives to reclaim the...
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Progressives must insist on democracy! Warm thanks to the FEPS for giving me this opportunity to affirm my fervent...
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The wind of anti-Europeanism is weakening Is the wind of anti-Europeanism really weakening? Looking at the results of the past...
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FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 22-23 June 2017 When European leaders met in Brussels last week (22-23 June), security and defence was...
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Nothing is agreed until everything is lost? European citizens in Brexit negotiations Formal negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union are yet to begin. However,...
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Europe is not ready for electronic voting When discussing electronic voting, it is very important that we look back on history....
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Upgrading Democracy: The danger of privatisation Democracy finds itself at a crossroads. Our formal, official democracy is still operating in...
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After 10 years of economic crisis and austerity, the first signs of a European spring? It is ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-8. Ten years lost and...
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Germany’s social democrats After Martin Schulz became leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was nominated...
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Putting Citizens First: Attributing the 73 UK seats at the 2019 European elections Brexit, unfortunate as it is, may nevertheless give rise to some fortunate opportunities for...
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The European Pillar of Social Rights On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of...
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What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party? The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of...
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Party before country I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence...
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The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in...
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Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next? When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by...
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A bowling alley election A great deal has already been said about this presidential election: a hold-up, an...
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Fluctuating democracy: the volatile state Does the 2017 presidential election not appear to have more in common with a...
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Four Frances in a stand-off Cut into four. Divided, fractured. Frédéric Dabi, Deputy Director General of Ifop, and Chloé...
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Promises, promises This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website After the ‘longest suicide note...
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The last few weeks of an atypical campaign The spectre of a Mélenchon / Le Pen second round favoured Emmanuel Macron The...
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The impact of Russia in national campaigns in the EU. Is the Bulgarian case an exception? Russia is back. What appears as a smart combination of diplomatic skills, traditional military...
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A European post-referendum “no” to authoritarianism The 16th of April will be remembered as a momentous date in Turkey’s modern...
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How the EU can regain credibility and support Turkey’s democrats “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, the European Union has opened its door to Turkey,” European...
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Europe is not a Foreign Affair! Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique...
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An obstacle course until… 18th June The successive trends amongst recent surveys have only served to confirm that the voter...
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Bulgarian elections 2017: More is less The biggest challenge after these elections will be the scrutiny and the accountability of...
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How should progressives respond to the EU’s many crises and challenges to democracy? In recent years, the European Union has suffered through a cascading set of crises....
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A democrat’s conviction Memory is a rucksack which we carry on our backs. Some of us feel...
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Which powers back to the Member States? With the White Paper on the Future of Europe, presented on 1 March (here),...
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Poland versus the EU – another battle done, while the struggle is still far from being over… The last summit ended with observers shaking their heads with disbelief. It was the...
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Explaining the Martin Schulz phenomenon At first glance, the resurrection of the German SPD looks like a miracle. Only...
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Elections in Bulgaria – from uncertainty to instability in times when a common vision for the future is most needed Almost two and a half years after the last parliamentary election, Bulgaria is facing...
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To celebrate the 60th Birthday The best way to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Treaty of Rome is...
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Progressive leadership The electoral year in Europe started last week with national elections in the Netherlands....
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Devastating defeat for Labour; where do we go from here? The results of the elections on 15th March show an unprecedented loss of 29...
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The Future of Poland in the EU is at stake! The European Council meeting showed an insufferable indolence of the foreign policy of the...
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Who are the undecided voters? This presidential campaign has been marked by an unprecedented amount of voter volatility. As...
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Poland: sleepwalking in the EU Among his compatriots, the informal leader of Poland – Jarosław Kaczyński – enjoys fame...
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Uncertainties: how to define the 2017 presidential election For several weeks now, commentators and polling institutes have repeatedly highlighted the low voter...
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Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: The revival of European Interests? On 25 March Rome will host representatives from the 28 member states as they...
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After the First Year of Law and Justice in Power No Game Changer on the Horizon in Poland 2015 brought significant political changes to Poland. It proved to be a great election...
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On equal distance in difficult times Over the last year of the current government of Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Eng. Law...
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Macron and Hamon: where do their voter bases lie? How have the rallies in recent weeks changed the composition of potential voters for...
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Presidential election: Balance of power on the left During this presidential election voters on the left are being forced to decide between...
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Refugee policy: For humanity, against hypocrisy The Federal Government is glossing over the deterrence and deportations with weasel words about...
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The next steps Headlines in Britain have for months been full of Brexit. But even as Theresa...
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The final straw “Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU...
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The French National Front and Lebanon Whilst the role of the European Union on an international level is being questioned...
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Trump-Italy: no special relationship Now that we can confirm that Donald Trump is serious, and that he is...
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Five Scenarios For Europe But No Clear Positioning On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’...
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British Politics in times of Brexit – where do we go from here? For the first time in the history of the European Union (EU) a member...
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Wifi4EU – A contribution to a Progressive Digital Union Digital connection as a means for social inclusion. In what way can the Wifi4EU...
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Romania- the political crisis is over, but the real challenges are lying ahead The Romanian parliamentary elections held in December 2016 were won massively by the Social...
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Finnish Local Elections and the Health, Social Services and Regional Government Reform Finnish local elections take place in the spring in an atmosphere of uncertainty. Public...
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Three aspects could make Finland’s upcoming contest more interesting than usual First, it has been almost two years since the last general elections of any...
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Brexit Negotiations: Why the European Union has no room for concessions The exit of Great Britain from the European Union is taking shape. At the...
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The quadruple irresponsibility of Brexit Now that the United Kingdom government has started to clarify its intentions for life...
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The Sorcerer and the Apprentice? Geert Wilders in the Wake of Trump’s Victory Donald Trump’s shock victory in the US presidential elections has led to an explosion...
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Britain: Turbulent Tories at the helm The UK government entered the Brexit negotiations on 19th June lacking a Parliamentary majority,...
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UK elections: Labour fights back Despite predictions of electoral disaster for the Labour Party before the UK election, its...
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The journey of bringing Europe to the people The European Parliament began as a brief genuflection to the idea that the Commission...
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The internet and the second era of democracy The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in...
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Primaries: the ideal way to choose a leader? Primaries have become widespread across Europe, including in countries that do not have a...
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Austria’s Presidential Elections – A Vote Against Right-Wing Populism Maybe 2016 wasn’t that bad after all. For the first time an avalanche of...
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Austrian progressives can breathe a brief sigh of relief, but the real fight has only just begun The far right winning 46.2 per cent of the vote in Austria’s presidential election...
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A modern left The left can be many things. But if it does not adapt to the...
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The Italian Left on the eve of the constitutional referendum The Italian way is not so different to other political trends that we have...
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The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters America is still in shock—both...
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FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 20-21 October 2016   European leaders met in Brussels last week (20-21 October) to discuss the many...
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A Wider Perspective on the 2016 US Election As this is the last pre-election edition of this Newsletter, it is worth spending...
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On the Campaign Trail American presidential politics has crossed a Rubicon. In the span of 48 hours, the...
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Transparency in the EU, post-Brexit My original commentary on transparency has been blown off course – like so many...
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Youth Participation in EU Elections is Falling: Differences across Member States Data from the last European elections shows a sharp decrease in the turnout of...
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Restoring Confidence in Politics The attraction of populist parties in segments of the European youth isn’t new. But...
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Restoring Confidence in Politics The attraction of populist parties in segments of the European youth isn’t new. But...
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Inquiry: What will the Next Leader of the Future look like? There is a robust tension between the idea of leadership and the idea of...
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Youth and Right Wing Populism in Europe – a Perspective from Lower Saxony  “Let’s imagine we wake up one morning and realise that suddenly all people have...
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Millennials want Leaders who do Politics differently Today’s European political leaders bemoan low rates of youth mobilisation in formal institutions, such...
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Usefulness, Equality, Transformation: The Three Conditions for Inclusive Leadership Left-wing parties are traditionally more associated with a democratic practice of power than the...
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An Enlightened Industrial Policy for Europe At a time when belief in the European Union as a project for peace...
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The Progressive Consumption Tax: Fiscal Magic? When all stand to get a better view at a concert or sporting event,...
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European Democracy needs “Spitzenkandidaten” in the 2019 European Elections Members of the European Parliament usually don’t vote according to their nationality, but according...
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On the Campaign Trail The 2016 US presidential campaign has entered the home stretch with Hillary Clinton holding...
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State of populism in 2015: Annual report released FEPS and Policy Solutions released its first report on the state of populism in...
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Brexit and a Divided Country There are plenty of lessons to take away from the UK’s vote to leave...
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Brexit will not be the end of the European Project, but European leaders must understand its message The moment when the last ballots cast were counted and revealed that the “Leave”...
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France and the Brexit: in search of leadership For France, and its President, dealing with the Brexit is a high risk, high...
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Keep Calm and Rewrite the Rules of the European Union The negative result of the UK-EU Referendum is the biggest signal for leaders to...
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Launch of the magazine At a time when many turn their back on the European Union, progressive European...
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State of the Race: The General Election Begins The Democratic primary is finally over. Hillary Clinton won decisively in California and New...
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Uncharted Territory: A Contested Republican Convention The contemporary model for a party nominating convention in the United States is a...
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The Year of the Anti-Establishment Insurgent The anti-establishment campaigns of Sanders and Trump certainly share some common elements. Both Sanders...
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Race, Religion and other social issues in the 2016 campaign Donald Trump has dominated this campaign since his announcement speech in which he labelled...
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The New Politics of Trade Regardless of the ultimate outcome in November, there is no question that campaigns of...
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On the Campaign Trail The most unpredictable of presidential campaigns took another unexpected turn when Ted Cruz and...
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Social democracy in Poland: Past, present, future Does the Polish Centre-Left have a chance in a state that is governed by...
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European unemployment: Addressing concerns Since 2012, when the reform of the EMU began, the possibility of and need...
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European values only for europeans? EU’s responsibility in handling the refugee crisis EU must go further in developing a real common European asylum system otherwise the...
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Myth & grim reality: austerity an economic recovery in Europe The Austerity Doctrine Barely two months into 2016 talk of “Grexit” returns, the ECB...
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The realities of digital democracy A cyber-realist (as opposed to cyber-utopian or cyber-dystopian) perspective regarding how Internet-based communication technologies...
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On The Campaign Trail Tuesday’s New York primary produced big wins for the two frontrunners, ending what had...
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On the Campaign Trail: State of the Race After Super Tuesday With the dust still settling from Super Tuesday, it is clear that there has...
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Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire The 2016...
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Better in than Out: A Catalonian Point of View Citizens of the United Kingdom will be asked to decide whether or not the...
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Corbyn and Europe The remarkable insurgency that led to Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in Labour’s ensuing leadership election...
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The use of Direct Democracy in the European Union All EU countries are able to hold referenda, but practice varies considerably, depending on...
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Britain – The “Awkward” Partner The debate over Britain’s relationship with the EU is not new. Britain has been...
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The United Kingdom is Losing Influence in Brussels I am not a prophet and I am not in the position to anticipate...
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The Circular Economy Opportunity Today’s linear economy – in which resources are extracted, made into products, sold and...
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The Challenges of United Nations Reform and the European Union’s Role “The Charter of the United Nations is a solid structure upon which we can...
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Digital Single Market Ontology A digital shift is taking place. Innovation is changing our lives. The effects of...
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Thoughts on Approaching a Digital Union Digitization can help us challenge social inequalities and discrimination, create jobs and help Europe...
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EP-elections: This is all about the left The election in Hungary has ended in a clear victory for the governing Fidesz....
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The forward march of Europe halted? For Greece these elections had a much more national than European character. The very...
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A pro-european groundswell In contrast to the majority of EU member states, Belgium organised three elections on...
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In the middle of Europe The result of the elections in Austria was very similar to the European trend:...
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The Music of Democracy British conductor Sir Roger Norrington is worried about growing signs of Euro-scepticism and the...
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Ukraine: A mid-crisis assesment The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The country is chartering unknown and...
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Advocating a truly preventive policy on employment The new General Secretary of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is keenly committed to...
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Subsidiarity: Meeting the challenge of a changing world In an era of globalisation, the EU policy mechanism of subsidiarity offers European citizens...
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UKIP: Much ado about nothing In the aftermath of the European elections, most of the headlines were shouting about...
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A national game changer – and a european pregnancy One of the two biggest parties comes from the right-of-centre. That has been the...
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Low voter turnout despite high stakes The main impact of the European elections in Spain has been a resounding repudiation...
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A paradoxical EP election A swing of the electorate to the left brought victory to the moderate part...
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The social democratic party made romanians vote pro-european The results of the European elections in Romania confirmed the fact that the Social...
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Reality’s new clothes The Portuguese view of Europe is split. First, for the majority of Portuguese non-voters,...
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How Ukraine influenced the polish vote 25 years after introducing the democratic reforms and 10 years after joining the EU...
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Mainstreaming populism Despite the surprising national vote in the Netherlands, the results of the European elections...
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Lithuania’s youth shoots itself in the foot The European Parliament elections in Lithuania this year were held jointly with the second...
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The Voice of the Europeans who are not there With more than half of MEPs returning to their offices, it is tempting to...
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Behind the victory The results of the European elections have shaken up the political scene in Italy...
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Bulgaria remains politically moderate Euroscepticism and far-right nationalism did not manage to win in Bulgaria. None of the...
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Parliaments and the EMU: a crossroads for Europe? Parliaments clearly have a significant role to play in the reformed governance of the...
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From welder to progressive leader From 1925 to 2006, the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) had five different leaders,...