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Leaking in the European Commission: Is it in its DNA?

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For a paper I am writing in the context of my research on EU leaks, I looked at all disciplinary proceedings against leakers in the European Commission from 2006 to 2015, as documented in the annual reports of the IODC, its internal investigation office. Here’s the data that I extracted from IODC’s annual reports (uploaded […]

Political Science in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Differences, and Global Institutions

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Political science, probably like many other social sciences, seems stuck in an age that many of our students have never lived, and will never live. They live in an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and of problems that are far beyond local borders in a world dominated by thinking within borders. In this age, it is time […]

The budget of the United Nations (UN) system: latest figures and research

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Finding reliable figures on the budgets and finances of the United Nations (UN) system is not easy, unless you know where to look for them. I’ll try to present some of this below and also bring you up-to-date on my research on budgeting and resourcing in international organizations. First, a lot of the older UN […]

EU leaks are back on the agenda – also in the Council

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Yesterday, I was working on a new academic paper on how to do research on EU leaks. And then first the Greens presented their EUleaks platform and later EurActiv published this article about the new Commission anti-leak strategy. So below I publish an internal  Council document with its measures to prevent leaks. My interest on EU leaks […]

European Studies Summer School 2016: what is Brussels talking about this year?

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From Thursday, I will again teach a 2-week European Studies intensive course here in Munich, with students from China, South Korea, Jordan, India, Canada and different EU countries. When I taught the course for the first time in 2014, I was just back from living in Brussels where I had worked for the EU Office […]

What a difference a Treaty makes: CFP reform debates in the 2000s and 2010s

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Long-time readers of this blog will remember my (past) obsession with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) thanks to my PhD research on information flows in EU policy-making during the recent CFP reform. In a new paper posted on arxiv.org by titled “Exploring the Political Agenda of the European Parliament Using a Dynamic Topic Modeling Approach“, Derek […]

(S)electing the next Secretary-General of the United Nation: similar to the EU’s Spitzenkandidaten-process?

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Two years ago, the European Union had its first true electoral campaign held in public for the selection of the EU’s chief administrator, the President of the European Commission. Now, although within a different institutional context, we witness a similar process in the United Nations: the first open nomination procedure for the next chief administrator […]

How the first UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie was (s)elected

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After watching yesterday’s first round of public hearings of candidates for Secretary-General of the United Nations – see my blog post – I was wondering how the first Secretary-General was (s)elected. As it happens, I currently have the memoirs of all former UN Secretaries-General in my office (see picture) as we are going through them […]

Selecting the next Secretary General of the United Nations: why you should watch the public hearings

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This year, the politics of selecting the next UN Secretary General have become something of an event. At least, as much as UN politics can become eventful outside some weird dictator giving an even weirder speech to the UN General Assembly. I’ve spent this afternoon – morning New York time – watching the first ever […]

An die Männer mit Entscheidungsmacht an der LMU München: Gleichstellung jetzt, denn es wird 2016!

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2008 schrieb der Präsident der LMU München, Prof. Dr. Bernd Huber, in einem Editorial der LMU-Zeitung: “Das Ziel lautet Gleichstellung“. Nach eineinhalb Jahren hier an der Uni und nach etwa einem Jahr als eine der stellvertretenden Frauenbeauftragten meiner Fakultät kann ich nach allem was ich sehe und höre nur sagen: das Ziel ist verfehlt! Ändern müssen das die […]

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