Monthly Archives: "February 2013"

By: Trygve Børsting     Whilst doing research for an essay I recently wrote, I came across several authors who critiqued Non-Majoritarian Institutions (NMIs). They argued that NMIs wrongly presented themselves as politically neutral in...

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The ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany (Photo: James D. Woodward)

Europe must take up monetary arms

February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Julian Hinz (left) and Alexandru Ciungu (right) (guest contributors)Follow @julianhinzFollow @alex_ciungu   Alexandru Ciungu is a Paris-based economist who specializes in quantitative macroeconomics. He holds an MPhil from the Paris School of Economics. Julian...

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European Commissioner Viviane Reding, who designed the boardroom quota, discusses the proposal during a seminar of the ALDEADLE EP group on 7 November 2012 (Photo: ALDEADLE Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for EU)

Welcome aboard? The EU women quota for boardrooms

February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Marta Rikša Follow @Marta_Riksa   Near the end of last year, the European Commission proposed legislation that would require major publicly listed companies in Europe to have women constitute forty percent of their non-executive...

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Flags outside the Reichstag (Photo: Scott Cawley)

Transfer union? That sounds familiar

February 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Bernhard Clemm     Since the outbreak of the crisis it has become increasingly clear: Without financial transfers from the “rich North” to the “poor South”, the Euro zone, and eventually the European Union,...

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Council in session, 7 February 2013, EU budget negotiations (©The Council of the European Union)

EU budget – a missed opportunity for Europe

February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Niels Goet Follow @NielsGoet   After 24 hours of negotiations, European leaders agreed on a new budget deal for the EU for 2014-2020 last Friday. Two summits were needed: one was held in November...

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Pro-gay marriage rally in Paris

Gay marriage in France: one step closer

February 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Elko BrummelmanFollow @ElkoBrummelman   Yesterday, on 12 February, the Assemblée Nationale, the lower house of the French Parliament, has adopted the draft law on gay marriage, after a vehement discussion. In the weeks to...

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By: Robin Harskin     On Tuesday 5th February, days before entering into the discussions on the EU Budget with the other 26 Heads of Government, François Hollande delivered an important speech to the European...

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Photo: Open Democracy

Europeans: different goals, different ways?

February 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Laurie van DalmFollow @lvandalm   In every newspaper, we find articles covering the crumbling of the prosperity Europe has managed to provide for its inhabitants. Youth unemployment, vanishing pensions and pressing debts suggest an...

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David Cameron is met by PM Sellal of Algeria (January 2013) (Photo: The Prime Minister's Office)

Cameron, Counterterrorism, and the CSDP

February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Amalia Feld (guest contributor) Amalia Feld reads for the MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford Follow @AmaliaFeld   Appealing to his Eurosceptic domestic constituents, Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent proposal for...

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