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Political responsibility of Member States for sensitive EU executive action will be hard to get, but it is worth trying. On 14 February 2017, the European Commission submitted a proposal to reform the EU comitology system. It aims at enhancing the transparency and accountability of implementation of EU law in certain highly contentious policy areas,… » read more

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Exclusion in the European Union has many different faces. It lies at the very core of identity formation, in which the self is contrasted with ‘the other’. It also has many different consequences. Constructing individuals, groups or even nations as ‘the other’ is a means to build a supposed justification for economic and social exclusion,… » read more

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The EU is no stranger to crises. It is often said, at least in academic circles, that a crisis can spur necessary further integration (known in Eurojargon as ‘deepening’). At the height of the Eurozone crisis, for example, Member States were willing to accept far-reaching reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) that were… » read more

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The victory of the leave campaign, while long predicted, nonetheless came to many as a shock. The consequences of Brexit are complex and may take a decade to manifest. However, two things can already be concluded. Firstly, the consequences will be much stronger felt in the UK than the EU. Secondly, it simply seems very… » read more

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Ever since the 2008 CJEU Decision in Metock ruling that non-EU migrants were allowed to live with an EU national in a host state also in cases where they had no prior lawful residence in a Member State, several Member States have expressed their concern about the presumed frequent use of free movement to regularize… » read more

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Austerity and Law in Europe

In the wake of the global financial crisis, which peaked in 2008, the concept of ‘austerity’ assumed center stage in European politics, polarizing domestic constituencies, and leading to the formation of anti-austerity political parties in a number of countries. The project ’The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking’, in cooperation with ACCESS EUROPE (European Constitutionalism Theme), is… » read more

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On Monday 2 November, Professor Jürgen Neyer delivered an Architecture Lecture at the University of Amsterdam’s law faculty carrying the simple but evocative title “What is wrong with EU decision-making?”. According to Neyer, it is the lack of contestation that eventually becomes unsustainable for the European Union: “Discourse and conflict are two sides of the… » read more

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