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07.10.2019  Luis Bouza

Urban mobility is already a hot topic in Spanish local politics. As young people demonstrate against climate change and population concentrates more and more in a few big cities conflicts arise over the usage of the public space for movement.

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11.07.2019  |  Álvaro Oleart

Three years after the 2016 Brexit referendum, the Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn has officially situated itself in support of a second referendum under any circumstances, in which they will campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal. This is a big step, and its consequences are two-fold.

10.07.2019  |  Piotr Zagórski

After EU top jobs nominations: PiS left with nothing and Central and Eastern Europe without representation. This time also the European Union itself lost. Such is the succe

20.06.19  | Luis Bouza

How can we read the results of the EP election 2019, three weeks after Europeans went to vote? This has been the question that the roundtable with Elena García Guitián, Luciano Morganti, Hans-Jörg Trenz, Niilo Kauppi, Claudia Wiesner and José Fernández Albertos organised by OpenEUdebate at the 26th International Conference of Europeanists in Madrid. I have taken the liberty to summarise the discussion so all responsibility for inaccuracies is mine.

07.06.2019  |  Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă & Dragoș Ioniță

While the results of the elections to the European Parliament offer encouraging signs for the countries in the Balkans, the Commission’s latest Enlargement Package launched later last week tones down the expectations – at least for some of the countries expecting positive messages. The outline presented by the Commission highlights three categories of states: the ‘frontrunners’ (Serbia and Montenegro), the ’hopefuls’ (Albania and North Macedonia) and the ‘potential candidates’ (Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo).

31.05.2019  |  Andrés Santana & José Rama

The increasing electoral support for populist parties, both left and right, has arisen concern regarding the upcoming 2019 European elections. The battle has diverted attention from the competition between populist parties of different ideological colours.

27.05.2019  | Luis Bouza

The manufacture of what we call “European election results” is the product of an interpretive struggle that starts on the election night. This narrative struggle will focus on different issues, but a first big news is that the campaign has been significant for each of them.

23.05.2019  |  Johannes Amann

A weekend in May and an island of Spain. No more than that was required to cause a political scandal which may yet amount to a seismic shift in the political landscape of Austria. When Der Spiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung released the video late on Friday afternoon, few would have predicted the magnitude of the outcry that would follow.

21.05.2019 |  Taru Haapala

As the European Parliament elections are approaching, we are seeing the introduction of special features not found as such in any national parliamentary elections. More than previously, there are platforms and debates for the presentation of the leading candidates, or Spitzenkandidaten, to the position of European Commission president.

17.05.2019 |  Álvaro Oleart

The paradox among the GUE-NGL group stems from the fact that they often criticise the EU for not doing more to reduce inequality and poverty, for not protecting enough public services and workers, or for not fighting climate change ambitiously enough

10.05.2019  |  María Sáenz de Buruaga

The rise of platform economy is having a significant impact on job creation all across Europe. However, given the strong association between platform work and precarity, new challenges are arising when it comes to ensure basic social protections.

03.05.2019  |  Carolina Plaza Colodro

Last April 8, Matteo Salvini officially revealed the intentions of the far right for the upcoming European elections. The Italian politician no longer wants to leave the euro or to end the integration project but to change Europe from within. His main ambition is to increase the influence of the Eurosceptic bloc in Brussels to introduce reforms that return powers to national governments.

04.12.2019   |   Sofía de Haro & Luis Bouza

The EPP manifesto is also telling of the dilemmas of the party and party family. Should it strengthen its discourse on migration and identity in order to compete with right-wing populists? Or could that further reinforce its competitors on its right? To the centre, does it have incentives to cooperate with Macron and new liberal forces?

05.04.2019  |  Eduard Redondo & Luis Bouza

The Socialists explicitly reject the status quo and warn that its maintenance is dangerous for the future of the EU. Instead, they propose a new social contract for Europe as a way to change both the course of austerity policies and the narrative of the new populist and eurosceptic parties.

29.03.2019   |  Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner

There has been a response from the governing Christian Democrat Union (CDU) to Enmanuel Macron´s proposals for reform of the European Union. The AKK’s ones represent what can be termed a very German perspective: they aim at strengthening the EU in its international and geopolitical role, but not in social and economic policy.

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