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Turnout at the European elections has been steadily on the decline since the European Parliament was first elected directly by European citizens in 1979. At the last elections, five years ago, only 43% of voters bothered to make their way to the polls. The low turnout appears at odds with the evolution of the European… » read more

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On 1 May 2014 it was exactly ten years ago that ten new countries joined the European Union: Cyprus, Malta, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The enlargement process has significantly shaped and transformed not only acceding countries’ legal, economic and political system, but also that of the EU. By Kati… » read more

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In the run up to the European Elections there has been some media attention to the public’s trust in the EU – which is reportedly falling. Polls show that apparently people do not trust the EU. While there are many legitimate concerns about the relation of the EU and its citizens, there are likewise many… » read more

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by Mark Dawson and Pierre Thielboerger What kind of European Parliament (EP) will emerge from the coming European elections? The hopes of many European leaders rest on their ability to produce a stronger and more politicized EP. This task has been made more difficult by the recent ruling of the German Constitutional Court squashing the… » read more

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by Elaine Fahey and Maria Weimer The European Court of Justice does not make law per se, but it has to make many choices, and it has to make them fast and within page limits. Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston’s visit to the Architecture of Postnational Rule-Making Project at the University of Amsterdam clarified her perspective.… » read more

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Le Pen and Wilders are leading by example. They aspire to form a European political group in the European Parliament, and are openly campaigning for that goal. Many other parties are more silent on their brothers-in-arms. But voters should realise: a vote on a national candidate will strengthen the European alliance to which he or… » read more

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The Dutch last-minute criticism of Romanian and Bulgarian access to its labour market shows how it still pays off for a national government to attack a European decision that it voted for, even long after the decision was taken and when it is clear that it cannot be reversed. By Maarten Hillebrandt The Dutch debate… » read more

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