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The European Citizens’ Initiative – still suffering from childhood diseases after three years?

The most apparent way of making your voice heard in the EU is by voting in the European Parliament election. An alternative is launching a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The ECI is a tool that since 2012 allows European citizens … 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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De Búrca on Europe’s raison d´être

“What is the raison d´être of the European Union?” Gráinne de Búrca, professor of law at New York University School of law, asks in the introduction of her research paper “Europe’s Raison D’Etre” published by New York University School of … Continue reading

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Reading suggestion #16: Battle for seats in the European Parliament

With Croatia joining the EU in July, which Member States will be the winners and losers as the total number of MEPs is reduced to 751 after the 2014 elections? The press release of the European Parliament including a video … Continue reading

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An EU government with an EU President should be created, says German finance minister

On 16 May the German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that the European Commission should develop into an EU government and that the Union needs a EU president (article by Honor Mahony on EU Observer available here). He believes that … Continue reading

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Can monarchies survive the European Union?

In its February number the European Constitutional Law Review published an essay by Hans Ulrich Jessurun d’Oliveira, a Dutch legal scholar, entitled The EU and Its Monarchies: Influences and Frictions (available online here for those who have a subscription to … Continue reading

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Hagerman on the need for a virtual European salon

In February Maja Hagerman published an article in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (available online here), which then was translated for the multilingual website Presseurop.  This short writing, in its English version entitled “When will there be a virtual European … Continue reading

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