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State Power within European Integration
State Power within European Integration

On the limits and context of Germany's power in the Union

02/05/2013 | by Josef Janning | Europe, European Union

Germany is widely perceived to be calling the shots in Europe's sovereign debt crisis management, and maybe in the EU in general. But a state's influence in the union is complex and also contextual. Clearly, though, state power seems to have regained prominence in the European debate. How much power have member states retained, or perhaps even won, in the process of integration – and what does power in the Union look like? Five theses on power in today’s European Union.

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The State of the Internet: Reconstituting “Cyberspace”
The State of the Internet: Reconstituting “Cyberspace”

Suggestions for a common EU strategy for Internet security

19/12/2012 | by Annegret Bendiek, Ben Wagner | Europe, Cyber Security

Before decisions on the regulation of the Internet and prevailing universal norms are made on a global level, Europeans must develop a common Internet strategy. Such an EU strategy, however, cannot pit security against freedom or the interests of the state against individual liberties and fundamental rights.


Serving the World – and Your Constituents
Why Germany is short on foreign policy experts
05/12/2012 | by Hans-Ulrich Klose
Those who work in foreign policy are always traveling. This is a truism with consequences, since a politician who is away from her home district will have less contact with voters and ultimately lower chances for reelection. So how can we recruit young talent interested in global affairs? For starters, raise the status of foreign policy on the political agenda.
Category German Foreign Policy, Institutions and Actors, Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
To Be Roma in Hungary, and Survive
Where reckless rhetoric meets ruinous reality on the national political scene
21/11/2012 | by Polish Institute of International Affairs
The conservative Orbán government competes with the right-radical Jobbik party for voters, while also trying to toe the line it's drawn on integration of and protection for Hungary's Roma minority. Such an impossible course may prove disastrous on all fronts.
Category Integration, Government and Society, European Union, Hungary, South-East Europe
Assistance or Alibi?
Strengthening regional players in Africa
18/10/2012 | by Henning Riecke
The European Union has decided to support the new Malian government in reclaiming sovereign control over the northern parts of Mali. The EU will create a small training mission for Bamako to help it better cope with the Islamist occupation of this territory, which makes up the greater part of the country.
Category State Building, Government and Society, CFSP/CSDP, West Africa, Africa, Europe
Redistributive Asylum in Europe?
How an EU-level asylum mechanism could ease pressure at European borders
04/10/2012 | by Polish Institute of International Affairs
The European Parliament is pushing for a formula to redistribute asylum seekers across EU countries. Most member states instead favor harmonizing their laws to preserve more national sovereignty. But a mechanism at the European level could yield far more efficient results.
Category Migration, Government and Society, Central Europe, South-East Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Europe
Democracy Abroad Can Be Defended at Home
Why Germany should ban public screenings of an anti-Islam film
20/09/2012 | by Henning Riecke
Following violent protests staged at Western embassies against an anti-Islam film, Germany is wrestling with the question of whether to ban the film's screening or not. The film can be restricted without damaging larger freedom of expression, and may in fact help the democratic transition process in Arab Spring countries.
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Europe in the Democracy Trap
Who controls common decisions?
14/09/2012 | by Andreas Rinke
The quick expansion of EU integration—which has been brought about by the financial crisis—threatens to lead to a dead end. The eurozone has segregated itself from the Union’s overall development with ever more binding agreements. A democratic vacuum looms over the continent, and France and Great Britain are mostly to blame.
Category Political Participation, Government and Society, European Union, Europe
A Yarn That Won't Unravel
The Karlsruhe verdict does not change Germany's "poor us" posture
13/09/2012 | by Derek Scally
The Karlsruhe verdict was widely welcomed as a positive sign for the euro and Europe's future, but the doomsday reception of the judgement in Germany itself does not bode well.
Category European Union, Political Culture, Government and Society, Law & Institutions, Fiscal Policy, Economy and Finance, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Karlsruhe Rising
Who is afraid of the German Constitutional Court?
23/08/2012 | by Almut Möller
The German Federal Constitutional Court has become infamous across Europe. Ask an average Athenian these days and he will be aware of its omnipotent power. Go to any other eurozone capital and ask who holds the power in Europe: Angela Merkel will be among the top responses, and increasingly perhaps the European Central Bank (not always to the liking of the German Chancellor).
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
The Hegemon’s Happy Holidays
Germany's top politicians take their August vacations, even as things threaten to crumble upon their return
09/08/2012 | by Almut Möller
Some of the most powerful people in Europe are taking some time off. Both German Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Westerwelle have left Berlin behind for their August vacations. But with Syria on fire and the euro on the verge of collapse, can Berlin afford to be on vacation this year?
Category Political Culture, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Why The Euro Baffles America
Is democracy compatible with the European project?
20/07/2012 | by Russell A. Berman
Nervous about his own re-election chances, President Obama has admonished European leaders to get the continent's debt crisis under control. But to hope for a European problem to be solved according to American logic ignores the complex democratic debates currently happening across the EU, not just between countries, but within them as well.
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
A Tale of Two Courts
How much integration is constitutionally legal?
10/07/2012 | by Russell A. Berman
Just as the drama over the US Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act—which amounts to a debate on the limits of federal power—has been playing out in Washington, the potential role of the judiciary in preserving democracy and the rule of law has come to the fore on this side of the Atlantic in a remarkably similar conflict. A constitutional conflict is emerging through the euro crisis.
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany
Hey There, Neighbor!
The EU needs a cooperative and enlightened border control system
06/07/2012 | by Roderick Parkes
In North Africa, societies—and unemployment—are expanding, while Europe has an aging problem. A solution that would benefit both sides is obvious. Technocratic top-down approaches have no chance of success. And European governments need to tell their voters some uncomfortable truths.
Category Migration, Government and Society, North Africa, Europe, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Time For A Makeover
Re-thinking EU policy in the Arab world
03/07/2012 | by Nathalie Tocci
As the effects of the Arab Spring continue to re-shape North Africa and the Middle East, the EU needs to develop new strategies for dealing with the region's affected countries. But the Union must be careful not to fall back on the inflexible frameworks used for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership or the Union for the Mediterranean. The EU should pursue a more pragmatic approach that takes into account the incentives and challenges of its neighbors.
Category Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Arab countries, Near and Middle East/North Africa
America or Asia?
How an old hegemon can cooperate with the new super power China
31/10/2011 | by Maximilian Terhalle
How steady is the “liberal leviathan” United States? Will the “American world order” persist? And what distinguishes power and hegemony in the 21st century? Despite Asia’s continuing rise, three notable authors are certain that America will remain the essential world power.
Category Trade, Government and Society, Finance, Economy and Finance, United States of America, China, East Asia, Asia, North America
The Politics of Populism
Rise of the rabble-rousers in Central Europe
01/05/2010 | by Paul Hockenos
From the Baltic to the Balkans, demagogues of different stripes have made striking gains at the expense of their liberal opponents. Their populism appeals broadly to people who are frustrated with years of economic hardship and disillusioned with the European Union. Europe pays a high price for having these elements in its midst.
Category European Union, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Eastern Europe, Europe
Limited Turbulence
The problems of the EU’s new member states pose no threat to the European project
01/06/2009 | by Reinhold Vetter
The Czech Republic’s government collapsed this spring, Latvia faces national bankruptcy, and Slovak nationalists are mobilizing against the Hungarian minority. Twenty years after their peaceful revolutions, the countries of East Central Europe are not paragons of stability. Are they teetering on the brink of collapse?
Category Government and Society, State Building, Central and Eastern European countries, Europe, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Latvia
Rethinking German Guilt, Again
Plenty is missing from the current discussion, despite how long it's been going on
01/10/2006 | by Alan Posener
Germany's recent World Cup euphoria gave many German intellectuals a chance to declare that the country has finally achieved some "normalcy" over half a century after the Nazi era. But nothing much has actually changed with respect to how the German establishment discusses the country's past, partly because no one bothers to take the discussion of German guilt into a new direction driven by 21st century events.
Category Political Culture, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Educated to Violence
The brutal socialization of Russian men
01/10/2006 | by Sonja Margolina
Abuse, brutality and even torture are everyday phenomena in Russia’s armed forces, police and in the prison system. In these institutions, entire generations of young men are socialized and rendered physical and psychological wrecks. They end up transmitting their disorders to society at large.
Category Government and Society, Russia, Eastern Europe