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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 […]

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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 […]

Explaining POLITICO Europe’s overreaction to Jon Worth’ blog post: an explorative approach

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Fellow Euroblogger Jon Worth* this morning published a commentary on Politico Europe, the news outlet I let my European Studies summer school students read every morning this August. What followed needs some serious academic attention, and serious attention is what you are going to get in this blog post. Having seen Jon blog for years […]

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 […]

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