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Category Archives: Democracy & Citizenship

Losing EU democracy over anti-crisis measures: A political debate

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Leigh Phillips of the EUobserver yesterday published a long piece on how democracy is endangered by the current technocratic reactions to the crisis. While it is important to notice and to warn when democracy is in danger, Leigh’s observations are not that new. More than two weeks ago, Shawn of the European Economic Policy blog wrote […]

Europe on the streets: Europrotests in the focus of research

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In a year in which revolutions and large-scale street protests seem to spread across the world as E.Coli bacteria spread through the European Union recently, it’s fun to find a research article titled “Protest Actions against the European Union, 1992-2007” (full article behind paywall) in the 2nd issue of 2011 of “West European Politics” [Disclosure: […]

The schizophrenic Council, Part 2: The follow-up story on how the EU Council deliberately prevents transparency

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“Any citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State, has a right of access to documents of the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, whatever their medium.” Article 42, Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the European Union On Monday or Tuesday […]

Some remarks on the Council briefing: Off the record!

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This morning, thanks to my short-term blogger accreditation,  I’ve been at the off-the-record briefings on the upcoming Competitiveness Council (see my previous posts on my preparations for the Council here and here). I am not supposed to talk about the content of these briefings unless I quote “Brussels sources” or “EU sources”. This is actually a […]

Cybercrime in Europe and in the European Union: No personal affair!

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You may have read my previous post in which I asked: “Cybercrime in Europe and in the European Union: A personal affair?” My informed guess in this post was correct: The expert on cybercrime from the Hungarian Council Presidency we – Europasionaria, Ralf, Sandra and I – were speaking with was Péter Csonka. Yet, my […]

A well-reformed EUR-Lex would be sexy indeed: A short story on access to EU documents

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In December, I wrote a post on this blog titled “A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?”. The starting point for this article was a non-public EU Council document titled “A new EUR-Lex”. I wasn’t satisfied with the fact that I could not access this document and so I did a Freedom of Information request to the EU Council Secretariat.

Journal-istic: Does EU democracy assistance fail?

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[I]n democracy assistance the EU starts with a relatively big plan and ends up with a particularly small outcome I was surprised to find this kind of statement in a scientific journal; it sounds so nicely down to earth that I was really interested in finding out how Federica Bicchi had come to this conclusion The […]

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