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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

  Posted by ACELG

The possibility that the efforts of the UK to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) could be undermined by their unelected upper Chamber (the House of Lords) is indicative of the problems of the European Union itself. The power wielded by the unelected British Lords perhaps reflects the power of the mostly unelected (directly) “Eurocrats” that… » read more

  Posted by Ve la do io l'Europa

The European Refugee Crisis

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom opting to leave the European Union, one fundamental concern on the European plateau has been the constant ballooning refugee crisis. The crisis has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, which happened because European citizens who had carried out the attacks could travel from one European country to another.… » read more

  Posted by The European Politics Blog

The Canadian Minister of International Trade, Christya Freeland, made a classic dramatic exit from the CETA negotiations on Friday 21 October. Many international trade negotiators over the years have made such somewhat staged exits in order to bring the opposite side to its senses. However, she motivated her departure in a way that has made… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Greece is the only EU member-state that has never regulated the media landscape nor proceeded to a TV licenses auction. Private channels have been operating for 27 years under a state of anomy and in the context of a temporary function. The Context Previous governments, namely ND and PASOK, have been postponing a final resolution… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Between October 13-16, the governing Syriza party held its second congress in Athens. Many debates, fruitful discussions, but above all the need to re-address some major issues that define the party’s new vision and political scope. Euclid Tsakalotos ranked first in Central Committee voting Greek Minister of Finance achieved to get the first place among… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

It is a turning point for the Syriza-led government. After more than one year since the painful agreement on a third bailout for the country has been reached, the society and the business world are suffocating under the burden of tax hikes, lack of liquidity from the banks, weak improvement of macroeconomic factors. Unemployment has… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  Posted by ACELG

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

  Posted by ACELG

Nikos Belavilas is architect-urban planner, Associate Professor at School of Architecture NTUA (Athens, Greece). During the last months, he is the coordinator of the Social Council for Refugees “Kalos Tous” (Welcome, in Greek). 1. What are the founding principles behind the creation of the Social Council for Refugees “Kalos Tous”? The Social Council for Refugees… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

The Greek government is introducing an omnibus bill including the establishment of the new Privatization Fund that will absorb the former one, created by the ND-PASOK government under the framework of the second bailout deal (2012-14). This new Fund has major differences from the previous one. Contrary to the previous one, the new Fund is… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

On May 11 the Greek government extended for a fourth consecutive time the law protecting primary residences from foreclosure. This refers to a wide category of non-performing loans (NPLs), covering as well medium-size enterprises with gross annual income lower than 50 million euros, occupying up to 250 employees. This regulation protects 94% of the total… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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