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Column: Political & Institutional Affairs

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Macron’s EUtopia of equals: Should France be pointing fingers at others while undermining the EU?

28 June 2017 | by Frank Markovic

After the presidential and parliamentary victories of Emmanuel Macron and his party earlier this year, many in Europe expect that the EU will rise from the self-defeating lethargy of slow demise. Expectations are high among the EU establishment who have welcomed this as an opportunity to finally press ahead with more integration – expectations that […]

The Ghosts of Europe’s Past and the EU’s Struggle with Rising Populism

17 May 2017 | by Raluca Csernatoni

This year has marked six decades since the creation of the European integration project. However, what should have been a celebratory moment for the long effort to construct a solid European community turned out to be a more cautious affair, especially after the Brexit backlash. Less than a century ago, Edmund Husserl’s warning words about […]

What we celebrate with the 60th anniversary of the EU?

31 March 2017 | by Rogier Van Vaerenbergh

This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU. What began with the signing of the Treaties of Rome and the European Community of Coal and Steel has developed in the biggest peace project the world has ever seen. In this year where for the first time the EU will not expand but will […]

The Brexit Task Force: Who’s Who and When to Pay Attention

29 March 2017 | by Ed Gavaghan

The long-awaited Brexit negotiations can finally commence between the UK and EU. Although much has been written about the activities here in the UK as the DexEU team gets up and running – despite the staff shortage recently reported – only limited comment has been focused on the EU’s Brexit Task Force. This week, both the […]

Can we fight fire with fire when it comes to populism?

6 March 2017 | by Natasha Marie Levanti

Populism has undoubtedly enjoyed a good year in 2016. Emboldened by the successes of Vote Leave and Donald Trump, the trend could continue in 2017, with elections in the Netherlands and France the most immediate litmus tests. Lots of ink, analogue and digital, has been spilled over how the opposite camp (call it progressives, liberals, […]