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Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen to become next Secretary General of the Council

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Over on my new Tumblr, I am covering the selection of Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen as the next Secretary General of the Council and European Council. I initially stumbled over this issue three weeks ago when doing political science research on the Council, so I thought I’d follow-up a little bit more.

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 […]

Gender equality: the European Union’s DNA is not working!

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In its International Women’s Day message, the European Commission claims today that “Europe has been promoting gender equality since 1957 – it is part of the European Union’s DNA“. The problem with DNA is that it also needs activating, and EU reality shows that activating the gender equality genes at EU-level doesn’t really work: No […]

Women in power: recent research perspectives

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History and politics are mostly tales of men on the battlefield or men in dark suits, white shirts and a tie. And as Ewa Widlak showed in “2015, Women and Political Leadership“, only 7.3% of heads of state and 6.5% of heads of government are women right now, so the present doesn’t look much different. […]

The committee structure of the European Parliament visualised

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There are many ways to study the European Parliament. Votewatch.eu analyses roll call votes. Integritywatch.eu looks into side activities and side incomes of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). And political scientists study the European Parliament’s gender balance and many other topics that are of interest to wider or more limited audiences. Anybody who spends time researching, lobbying or […]

Saving EU democracy: emotional intelligence or cold stupidity?

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Heather Grabbe and Stefan Lehne claim in a new Carnegie Europe report and a shorter op-ed that all it needs to save EU democracy is ’emotional intelligence’. I doubt that this is what we need, even if ’emotional intelligence’ sounds nice. The idea sounds nice, because the opposite of ’emotional intelligence’ is probably ‘cold stupidity’, and […]

(No) Gender balance in political science publishing?

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My discipline – political science – is far away from gender balance, especially at the top where men still dominate professorships. My impression was that this is also true for (peer-reviewed) publications – and a first look into the reality of 50 different journals seems to confirm this: 66% out of 749 recent research articles […]

[Highlight] Political science journals: An updated early access list

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To keep on top of the latest publications in political science, I try to follow a range of political science or related journals and the latest articles published therein. So far, this list of (mostly) political science journals and the links to advance online publication articles of these journals has just been a document on my […]

What we knew since July 2014: Juncker doesn’t want the troika

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Today, the German Handelsblatt reports “exclusively” based on “sources inside the Commission” that Juncker wants to replace the troika. Belgian newspaper La Libre quotes this article to report the same. Both articles suggest that this is the result of the Greek elections. However, would we not have lazy EU journalism, they would have read in […]

EU history repeated: Will EU politics 2015 be just like 1995?

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Twenty years ago, in January 1995, Austria, Finland and Sweden joined the EU, and a new Commission President (from Luxembourg) was about to take office. Clearly a reason to look back today and see what has changed since then – just to be sure history is not repeating itself. To do so, I use one […]

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