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The recent revelation about the scope of surveillance has been shocking even for national leaders, who are generally aware of secret national security programmes and their implications. But the debate should also focus on another very important point: the responsibility of our legislators. By Vigjilenca Abazi The revelation of NSA surveillance brings a new dimension… » read more

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The demand to transfer powers from the EU back to the national level is politically en-vogue in several EU Member States at the moment. EU policy on agricultural biotechnology, however, is an interesting exception. The Council of Ministers has recently deadlocked[1] a Commission legislative proposal to re-nationalise parts of EU legislation on the cultivation of… » read more

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Secrecy is universally appealing. And understandably so: it conceals what individuals and organizations care most to protect: “the dangerous, the shameful, the source of power”. Yet, even in democracies there often seems a legitimate need for at least some secrecy in decision-making. Where does the need for secrecy come from in the European Union and… » read more

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The draft accession agreement has many objectionable features. Never has the citizens’ perspective been the EU concern during negotiations. Diplomatic secretiveness, an exceptional treatment of the European Court of Justice in honour of its claimed constitutional ‘prerogatives’ (the ‘prior involvement’ procedure), and the complications of a ‘co-respondent mechanism’, resulted naturally. And yet, accession would be… » read more

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On 11 and 12 June 2013 the Bundesverfassungsgericht (German Constitutional Court; GCC) held the hearings for the ECB case. One might be forgiven to think: ‘Another case concerning the measures taken to save the Euro?!’ Indeed in 2011 and 2012, judicial contestations of the legal instruments aimed to mitigate the Eurocrisis were decided by the… » read more

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Research into ‘postnational’ things is very fashionable at the moment. Yet there appears to be little agreement about the content of the term ‘postnational’. Worse, there even appears to be little discussion. And worse still is that there might not be enough awareness of the persisting inconsistency in the use of the term. Too few… » read more

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