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The “arch-federalist” Juncker? A comparative perspective

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UK politicians call Juncker arch-federalist, and  the press has taken over this term, too. The Telegraph does it. The Guardian does it. The (Irish) Independent does it. The Washington Post does. What they show is their lack of perspective, of comparative analysis, with Juncker’s predecessor(s) and with his competitors for the Commission top-job. Had those media […]

Juncker: The first European Commission President we can get rid of

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The news today reported that both Sweden and the Netherlands – i.e. their prime ministers – have dropped their previous opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker to becoming European Commission President. This pretty much means that Juncker will get the first EU top job nomination at the European Council meeting tomorrow and after-tomorrow, as only Cameron (UK) […]

What will the European Commission learn from the European Parliament elections 2014?

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On 28 May, the Wednesday after the European elections, Barroso reported back to the Commission from the informal dinner of heads of state and government the evening before in which the future European Commission President was discussed. After a quite general presentation of Barroso’s impressions of the informal dinner, the  minutes of the European Commission College […]

Real backroom deals and the collective failure of the European Council – a reply to Simon Nixon and others

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I’ve already had my say on the Spitzenkandidaten-process-debate. Yet, over the weekend, I had to laugh about the absurdity of one quote in Simon Nixon‘s Wall Street Journal blog post “Blame Merkel, not Cameron, for Juncker Mess“. Here’s what he wrote “Mr. Juncker is being foisted on the European Council by the European Parliament as a […]

How limited are LIMITE documents for national parliaments in the EU?

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In the article “Classifying Secrets in the EU” (paywall, JCMS 53(3)) by EU Council official David Galloway, the world of secret EU documents has found its way into mainstream EU-related political science. And in  “Overseeing Secrets in the EU: A Democratic Perspective” by Prof. Deirdre Curtin (also JCMS 53(3)), this world of classified EU documents has been […]

Poor, poor European Commission!

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After having read the minutes of the European Commission meeting of 14 May, I  feel so, so sorry for the European Commission. In their discussion about the (then) upcoming European elections, all the Commissioners and the outgoing President Barroso seemed to think about was how unfairly they are treated (p. 16): “Turning to the European […]

Post-electoral spin: How will the European elections 2014 be interpreted?

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Tonight, tomorrow, and Tuesday will be less about the results of the European Parliament elections, it will be all about spinning messages around the results of the European Parliament elections. If the pre-electoral polls are only roughly right, there may be a party with the largest number of seats, but there will be no clear […]

A gender balanced EU leadership in 2014? Rather not…

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The European Commission has a gender balance problem. The EU institutions’ leadership has a gender balance problem. And 2014 doesn’t seem to be the year where this will change. Bruxelles2‘s research has shown that, so far, only 5 out 28 EU member states have female candidates lined up for the next College of Commissioners, and […]

The genesis of a European Public Sphere: Economic crisis and Lampedusa, European elections and cross-border migration

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If you have been following European politics and media, online and offline, for the past 5-6 years, you cannot but notice the genesis of a European Public Sphere . This sphere may be more or less evolved depending on national media, but it is clearly there – much more than it was before the last […]

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