2021

Published Dec. 16, 2021 4:14 PM

Governments have accumulated extraordinary powers through emergency politics in crisis times. Although exceptional measures may be needed for exceptional times, José Piquer questions the notion of 'exceptionalism' and shows how such politics has become a persistent feature. The result is a weakening of democratic quality and a blurring of political party lines.

Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 16 December 2021

Published Aug. 16, 2021 4:16 PM

Accepting half a loaf in international negotiations is always difficult. This has been especially notable in European debates over refugee policy, in which different countries have divergent interests and a mutually agreeable consensus is hard to form. However, recent developments suggest a thaw, Gil Thompson argues, with Mediterranean countries taking a pragmatic approach that could allow for real progress.

Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 27 July 2021

Published Aug. 16, 2021 3:36 PM

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EU Member States managed to agree on key financial instruments to support the economic recovery of Europe. The decision to manage these instruments within the existing European Semester procedure has put this procedure into the spotlight. Ivana Skazlić argues that the pandemic can serve as an opportunity to enhance the involvement of national parliaments in the European Semester.

Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 19 July 2021

Published Aug. 16, 2021 3:24 PM

The European Neighbourhood Policy and its Eastern Partnership are key strategic policy frameworks for European Union external action. However, after unfulfilled promises, the Eastern Partners are now rethinking the original EU-led partnership framework. Tiffany G. Williams explains how mutual exchange can support fair and realistic cooperation between the Brussels and its partners in the East.

Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 27 May 2021