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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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