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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 […]

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 […]

The refugee in Europe: policy and perception right after WWII

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In the course of my research on budgeting in international organizations, I just stumbled over this quote from 1947 article in the journal “International Organization” titled “The Refugee: A Problem for International Organization” which seems quite timely again today: “Even the governments which are most concerned over the welfare of individuals and the economic and […]

How much does it cost to run a Spitzenkandidaten campaign?

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Last year, we saw the very first European elections with Spitzenkandidaten (‘lead candidates’) put forward by five major European Political Parties as future president of the European Commission. But how can it be that the Juncker’s EPP reports ~€ 1.75 million in “Election campaigns” expenditure while Schulz’ PES reports only ~€ 0.2 million? Jean-Claude Juncker, is […]

What is Brussels talking about (POLITICO Playbook edition)?

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Starting Monday, I’ll be a teaching, for the second time, a two-week intensive course European Studies here in Munich, with students from Europe (including Russia), North America, South Korea and Australia. The course is covering mostly current European politics (elections, lobbying etc.) and European policies (the crisis, migration, climate change etc.), trying to convey what […]

How novel are Juncker’s investment plan and the EFSI?

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Tomorrow, on 24 June 2015, the European Parliament is expected to approve the legal details of Jean-Claude Juncker’s investment plan and the related European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). This plan has been sold as a major innovation, but our research has shown that it is actually the continuation of existing EU policies, just at […]

My EU Notes tumblr

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While this blog is clearly my long-form and research-focused online outlet, and while on Twitter I publish a mix of everything short that comes to my mind every day (polsci and non-polsci stuff), I decided I need something EU-focused that is shorter than PolSciEU but also longer and easier to link than Twitter. This is […]

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