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2019: The European Year of Faith?

By Mohamed Fahmi / 5 July, 2017

The Future of Europe was always a constant source of concern for those who put their hopes for a brighter future. Acting as if the next European elections scheduled for May 2019 will not have a crucial role for the EU would be a great mistake. The latest events showed...

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Can the next European elections actually be about choosing alternative scenarios?

By Robert Ladrech / 4 July, 2017

The short answer is ‘yes’ but this requires a fundamental shift in terms of the alignment of national policies and politics with EU policy competences. At present, in most EU Member States, European elections are considered by the mainstream parties of the centre-left and centre-right as the ‘poor cousin’ of...

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Can Progressives lead towards the establishment of a new kind of political coalition for the EU?

By Luciano Bardi / 4 July, 2017

In fully developed competitive democracies, elections generally are about choosing alternative scenarios. This being the case, ideally, European elections should also be about choosing alternative scenarios. There is widespread agreement that competitive dynamics between alternative parties or coalitions in elections are healthy for democracy and it follows that if such...

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Efficiency and equity: Implications for a new pattern of European integration

By Paolo Guerrieri / 4 July, 2017

Over the last few months the wind has positively changed in Europe. From the fear of an irreversible crisis in the face of the advance of populists, we have moved to a widespread perception that a European counter-offensive is on the way.   But more caution is needed on the...

Europe is not ready for electronic voting

By Harri Hursti / 1 June, 2017

When discussing electronic voting, it is very important that we look back on history. We should be very cautious when we introduce new technology and remember why laws have been established in certain ways. When it comes to electronic voting, the weak links are everywhere. I have been hacking every...

Germany’s social democrats

By Fedor Ruhose / 19 May, 2017

After Martin Schulz became leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was nominated as its candidate for the German chancellery, it looked like a political myth had finally been proved wrong. Up until the nomination of Schulz in Spring 2017, the narrative had prevailed that the Social Democratic Party...

Putting Citizens First: Attributing the 73 UK seats at the 2019 European elections

By Friedrich Pukelsheim / 19 May, 2017

Brexit, unfortunate as it is, may nevertheless give rise to some fortunate opportunities for the European project. In the 2014–2019 period, the United Kingdom held 73 seats in the European Parliament. The question is what to do with these seats in the upcoming 2019–2024 legislative period. Leave the 73 UK...

Theresa May is trying to pre-empt Brexit difficulties – it could backfire!

By Richard Corbett / 18 May, 2017

This blog originally appeared here  Theresa May has sprung an early election, breaking her earlier pledges not to, for three reasons: She knows the Brexit negotiations will very quickly cause her problems, as the unpalatable choices she has to make will alienate many voters and elements in her party –...

What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party?

By Chloé Morin / 16 May, 2017

The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of the Republic. He campaigned for this opportunity, an opportunity to preside over a reshaping of the political landscape. From this day forward, the political spectrum and the debate which surrounds it will be focused on one...

Party before country

By Jan Royall / 12 May, 2017

I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence of the depressing and disastrous result of the referendum on membership of the European Union, when David Cameron put party before country.   Once Theresa May became Prime Minister it became clear that, like David Cameron,...

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