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Europe@2014
What can we expect from the EU in the next year?
by Josef Janning
Europe@2014
What's ahead? Europe will survive another year, neither breaking apart nor shaping up. The debt crisis will persist, but be managed slightly better. Member states will continue to disagree while still running the show. Germany will keep the hegemon label, and keep failing to act as one. And more of the same.
Category: Worldwide
United in Reluctance
How the Syrian crisis might transform the West
by Josef Janning
United in Reluctance
While human suffering continues in Syria, the Western response to the probable use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on August 21 reveals a continued transformation of what used to be the West.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Syria, Europe, United States of America
Form Should Follow Function
A Response to Steven Hill's two-track Europe
by Josef Janning
Form Should Follow Function
Any debate about the European Union’s political structure must begin from an examination of European responsibilities beyond the purview of individual member states. While rewriting treaties would require consensus and ratification of all 28 members, history has shown that differentiated integration brings about necessary changes gradually. One thing is clear: Strengthening the eurozone must not come at the expense of weakening the Union.
Category: European Union, Political Participation, Institutions of the EU, Geographical areas of Europe, Europe
The Making of EU Government
Member States do not want the European Commission to become the EU executive
by Josef Janning
The Making of EU Government
European leaders recently agreed to maintain one Commissioner per member state rather than the proposed 2/3 representation rule. What is the significance behind this move, and how does it reflect the debate defining the nature of the European Union and its governmental structure?
Category: Institutions of the EU, Enlargement Process, EU-Treaties, European Union, Political System, Political Participation, Government and Society, Europe
European Democracy and Variable Geometry
How a multi-speed Europe complicates the Union's democratic legitimacy
by Josef Janning
European Democracy and Variable Geometry
As euroskepticism grows, the EU desperately needs to address the democratic deficit between its institutions and citizens. While the European Parliament may appear the right forum, its effectiveness is limited by its inherent restraints and the issues compounded by a variable-speed Europe. To represent integrated states and their citizens fairly, building an EP core may be the only way forward – with such a change affecting not only EU institutional balance, but also relations between core and non-core states.
Category: Institutions of the EU, Enlargement Process, European Union, Political Participation, Political System, Political Culture, Government and Society, Europe
State Power within European Integration
On the limits and context of Germany's power in the Union
by Josef Janning
State Power within European Integration
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.
Category: Political System, Integration, Political Culture, Political Participation, Government and Society, EU-Treaties, Enlargement Process, European Union, Germany, Europe
Who’s Afraid of BRICS?
Can Europe deal with the emerging global powers?
by Josef Janning
Who’s Afraid of BRICS?
Should the Europeans fear the growing influence of the BRICS power consortium? Europe's normative and strategic influence over the rising powers is minimal. But the BRICS rise does not have to force a decline in the Union's global stature. Europe’s economic future is significantly tied to the development of these countries and the EU needs to use the assets it does have to engage Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Category: Trade, Emerging Market Economies, Economy and Finance, Conflict-Prevention, Conflicts and Strategies, Arms Trade, Military Economy, Security, G8/G20, Global Institutions, ASEAN, Regional Organizations, Law & Institutions, IP-Forsa-Frage, Gegen den Strich, Brazil, South America, Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe, India, South Asia, China, East Asia, Asia, Republic of South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa
EU at 25—Shaping the Future
by Werner Weidenfeld, Josef Janning
As the EU reaches 25 members, it is time to revisit the prospect of a single EU constitution.
Category: Institutions of the EU, European Union, Enlargement Process, Geographical areas of Europe