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Tag: Democracy


Maastricht Treaty, 1992
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Maastricht Treaty : 28 years of increased intergovernmentalism

On February 7, 1992, 28 years ago today, the Union's heads of state and governments ratified the Maastricht Treaty. Conceived as an act of refounding the project of European integration, this Treaty has led to an increased use of intergovernmentalism in European decision-making. Find our reading recommendations from IEE researchers on this subject.

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Mayday! Watch your clocks, it’s Brexit day

Since 2016, Brexit has been on every lip around Brussels and Europe. The subject of many debates across the continent has unfolded – slowly, excruciating – under our eyes over the past three years. Our professors, researchers and students have analysed the Brexit’s saga in different episodes, that we share with you today.

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The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France
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The Venice Commission turns 30: Celebrating its crucial role in the promotion of rule of law standards

What is the role of the European Commission for Democracy through Law – better known as the Venice Commission – in the rule of law controversies? And which is its impact? These are highly topical issues, especially if we consider the recent events in Hungary and Poland and their backsliding into authoritarian regimes.

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rule of law conditionality
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Rule of law as integral part of the next MFF: to what extent and why?

The impact of a potential rule of law conditionality in the management of EU funds is at the center of this piece by Maria Schinina, official representative of the Italian Chamber of deputies to the European Parliament and participant in the IEE's MEUS.

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jan zielonka
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Professor Jan Zielonka challenges academia to lead the discussion on EU governance

Thirty years after the celebration of the collapse of the Berlin wall, are we feeling hangover? At the opening of the academic year, Oxford Professor Jan Zielonka questioned the legacy of 1989 and the role of academia on European studies.

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rule of law debate
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The rule of law debate on the EU agenda. A look inside the Council

As the General Affairs Council sets to meet on December 10, with a focus on Article 7 procedures, Prof. Ramona Coman looks at the rule of law debate in the EU agenda.

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Policy recommendations on European solidarity
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Policy recommendations to enhance European solidarity

Solidarity has been at the centre of research and teaching activities of the Institute for European Studies of the ULB for the past three years. As our a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence project, supported by the European Erasmus+ programme, comes to an end, we asked academics to issue policy recommendations on the different aspects of European solidarity at the heart of their work.

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young voters
Conferences, Projects, Student life

Young Voters Took Over the Hemicycle

On May 9th, the Day of Europe, dozens of young people between the ages of 18 and 26 confronted candidates to the European elections.

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Discussing the future of Europe
Academic, Cartes blanches, Conferences

Discussing the future of Europe differently

Luis Bouza García, member of the OpenEUdebate Jean Monnet network, explains the important task of discussing the future of Europe in a new, different way.

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visions of europe
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Share your visions of Europe

Given the current state of the integration process and the challenges ahead, discussing the visions of our common future in Europe is more necessary than ever. We invite you to participate this March 20 on an Open EU Debate forum and share your views.

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EU-Turkey relations
Cartes blanches, News

Not too close but not too far away: The EU’s relations with the new Turkey

As a result of the June elections, there are three constraining factors that might further distance Turkey from the EU. Political scientist and IEE-ULB affiliated researcher Seda Gürkan analyses them in this article.

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Italian politics
Articles, Cartes blanches

The new course of Italian Politics: time to experiment

A new government led by the League and the Five Stars Movement represents a novelty and an element of unpredictability for Italy and Europe. Political scientist Luca Tomini underlines a problem the EU might soon be confronted with: a new challenge to liberal democracy, that subscribes to a global and European trend.

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solidarity
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From European to Transatlantic Solidarity

Watch the opening and closing sessions of the first biennial conference EUEA17, focusing on European and transatlantic solidarity.

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controversial approaches towards european solidarity
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Solidarity at the center of a 2-day academic and policy debate

The two-day conference #EUEA17 represented an opportunity for an academic and policy oriented discussion on European solidarity.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EC EU-Turkey relations
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EU-Turkey relations in the aftermath of Turkey's constitutional referendum

Seda Gürkan (CEVIPOL, IEE-ULB) analyses why the Turkish presidential system is likely to induce far-reaching changes in EU-Turkey relations, and questions whether the regime change in Turkey has the potential to put an end to Turkey's EU journey.

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