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EU and the crisis in Ukraine: To what extent can the European Union influence the current political affairs in Ukraine?

The circumstances of the conflict in Ukraine In late 2013, former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych rejected an economic agreement with the European Union in favour of forming closer ties between the EU, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This decision resulted in … Continue reading

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This time it is “different”: The upcoming European Parliament Elections

Between 22-25 May 2014 the European Parliament elections (“EP”) will take place. It is stated that the elections are “the second biggest democratic exercise in the world”; 400 million people of now 28 member states can cast their vote for a new … Continue reading

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Inuit, Case C-583/11 P of 3 October 2013 and Microban, T-262/10 of 25 October 2011 – A short assessment of ‘locus standi’ for persons in annulment actions

Art. 263 (4) TFEU and “Individual Concern” at a glance Before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, annulment actions brought by persons (both individuals and legal persons) were regulated under Article 230 (4) EC which provided that any … Continue reading

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Alujevic – Nacarino on the EU’s democratic deficit problems

This is a review of the article “The EU and its democratic deficit: problems and (possible) solutions” by Lucia Vesnic-Alujevic and Rodrigo Castro Nacarino. The issue of “democratic deficit” has been subject to discussions since the beginning of the European … Continue reading

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