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Interview with Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. The interview was conducted by Dimitris Rapidis, coordinator of the European Progressive Forum. How do you explain the surge of far-right parties in many member-states in the EU and Eurozone during the last years? First of all, far-right parties have not… » read more

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Guest post by Tomas Zdechovsky. Zdechovsky is EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Budget Control Committee. “One of the reasons Communism was not successful economically was the planned economy. Bureaucrats in the capital decided at their desk how much wheat to grow in which season and with which fertiliser, to give just one example. They knew little… » read more

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Guest post by Joakim Palme, Chair, Delmi and Professor of political science at Uppsala University and Kristof Tamas, Director and Head of Secretariat, Delmi. The 2015 refugee crisis led to a series of changes in European Union migration policy, including the reintroduction of border controls and an arrangement with Turkey. Although the influx of asylum… » read more

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Guest post by the steering committee of the Progressive Caucus* – Guillaume Balas (MEP, S&D), Sergio Cofferati (MEP, S&D), Eva Joly (MEP, Greens/EFA), Curzio Maltese (MEP, GUE/NGL), Florent Marcellesi (Greens/EFA), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (MEP, GUE/NGL), Georgi Pirinski (MEP, S&D), Elly Schlein (MEP, S&D), Ernest Urtasun (MEP, Greens/EFA). *The Progressive Caucus is a space of dialogue based… » read more

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  Guest post by Tom Parker, CEO of Cambre. Parker is an active member of the British business community in Brussels and is a regular commentator on lobbying practice and the future of the advocacy profession. With an eye to 2019, European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new Commission, Jean Claude Juncker set… » read more

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In fourteen months time the European Union treaties will cease to apply to the United Kingdom. This event will bring to an end almost half a century of Britain’s unquiet membership of the continental bloc. Britain will have rejected the closer unity to which the EU is committed, marking a signal failure for Europe as… » read more

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Guest post by Arlind Puka, Administrative Assistant The refusal of Hungary and Slovakia to comply with an ECJ’s decision to uphold the EU’s refugee relocation scheme which aims to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy, has increased tensions between the EU and the Hungarian Prime Minister. In Hungary, Orban’s government has attacked the… » read more

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Guest post by Dan Luca, Senior Director of EURACTIV and lecturer on communication techniques and the European Union at VUB, ULB Brussels and SNSPA Bucharest. Why do I work in Brussels? The “blue city” has gradually become the political pole with the largest multicultural community. Apart from the European Parliament or the famous European Commission,… » read more

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Guest post by Corey Cooper, Europe Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He is also a Research Associate in US Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Last month, European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker delivered his third and most important State of the European Union address. His remarks to the European Parliament… » read more

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  Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. At times, as in 1984 with the Spinelli Draft Treaty and in 2002-03 in the Convention on the Future of Europe, Parliament has had a decisive influence on the constitutive development of the European Union. At other… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

The Brexit Election Theresa May kicked off Britain’s formal election campaign by accusing the European Union of interfering. “Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials”, she said. “All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election.” The Russian Embassy in London tweeted: ‘Praise God… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

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