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The EU's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine: Invoking norms and values

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by Giselle Bosse (Maastricht University) The EU’s response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022 has been unprecedented, displaying rare unity among its member states, especially during the first four months following the invasion. The EU agreed on far-reaching economic and financial sanctions, the most severe sanctions ever imposed by the EU […]

The gap between political and judicial subsidiarity

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by Ton van den Brink (Utrecht University), Martijn Huysmans (Utrecht University) and Philippe van Gruisen (Leiden University) The subsidiarity principle, which says the EU should not overreach and leave as much freedom as possible to the Member States, got a real boost from the Treaty of Lisbon. Nonetheless, a significant gap between the political and […]

Institutional quality and geography of discontent in the EU

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by Burhan Can Karahasan (MEF University) and Mehmet Pinar (Universidad de Sevilla and Istanbul Bilgi University)   In the 2016 Referendum, with a Leave vote of 51.89%, the United Kingdom (UK) became the first country to withdraw from the European Union (EU) officially. While the political and economic consequences of the Brexit process are still […]

Approaches to distributional impact assessment in the national budget process across the EU

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by Nicola Bazoli (FBK-Irvapp), Carlo Fiorio (University of Milan, FBK-Irvapp), Sonia Marzadro (FBK-Irvapp), Jonathan Pycroft (European Commission), and Loris Vergolini (University of Bologna, FBK-Irvapp) In recent decades, equity has gained prominence in public discourse following the Great Recession and the sovereign debt crisis, which exacerbated income inequality. Distributional Impact Assessment (DIA), intended as a set […]

Representations of Europe in the European Public Football Sphere

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by Jonas Biel (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) Europe’s ability to respond effectively to “polycrisis” (Zeitlin & Nicoli 2019) relies in part on a shared European identity among its citizens (e.g., Fuchs 2012, Schmidt 2013). European identities can emerge in a variety of ways, including from the reception of Europe-related information and personal transnational experiences with […]

The Powers of the Council of the EU Presidency to shape the Art.7 agenda

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by Gisela Hernández Liberal democracy has been systematically dismantled in Poland and Hungary. Despite a wide arsenal of enforcement instruments, the European Union (EU) institutions have not been able to tackle this rule of law (RoL) crisis. Indeed, Article 7, the Treaty provision designed to address systemic violations of fundamental values, has been dragging on […]

What is Actually Being Mainstreamed in the Mainstreaming of Euroscepticism?

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By Patrick Bijsmans (Maastricht University) In recent decades criticism on the European Union (EU) and even the complete dismissal of European integration – a range of positions generally grouped under the umbrella term ‘Euroscepticism’ – have gained ground. Euroscepticism has become mainstream, as “it has become increasingly more legitimate and salient (and in many ways […]

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