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Research innovation trapped by pre-set practices in EU studies

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By Theofanis Exadaktylos, University of Surrey and Kennet Lynggaard, Roskilde University As scholars of politics and international relations we are trained to design our research based on methodological and research design traditions. For those of us working on EU politics, broadly speaking, the way we conceive the EU as a political reality and entity reflects […]

EU Digital Single Market Governance: More Public-Intervention, More Responsibility

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By Sebastian Heidebrecht In the 1990s, European policymakers argued that “the creation of the information society in Europe should be entrusted to the private sector and to market forces” (European Council, 1994). In this regard, the European Union’s (EU) market integration has often been portrayed as nothing more than a Trojan horse of neoliberalism. EU […]

How to Choose a Good Boss? Committee Coordinators in the European Parliament

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By Mihail Chiru Committee group coordinators are some of the most influential Members of the European Parliament (MEPs): they manage committees’ broad policy agendas, ensure the positions of their European Party Group are coherent across different policy initiatives and maintain high levels of voting discipline at plenary votes. When coordinators achieve consensus among party MEPs […]

The Mobilisation of EU Market Power: Drivers, Limits and Future Prospects

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The EU is currently mobilising its market power through a range of new policy tools. Examples include the Climate Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAM), the International Procurement Instrument and the Anti-Coercion Instrument. The general aim, as explained in the EU’s trade policy review and the recent industrial strategy, is to make the EU stronger, more assertive and more geopolitically relevant.

Why We Need to Understand How EU Governments Communicate About Borders

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In March 2020 EU governments unilaterally began closing state borders in an ad hoc reaction to the rapid spreading of SARS-CoV-2. Within a few days, one after the other announced that border crossings would be suspended until further notice. These executive decisions gave us pause: democratic governments are required to communicate and justify their decisions to maintain legitimacy.

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