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Guest post by Doriane de Lestrange, lawyer focusing on EU Regulatory law   On last 20 December, the European Commission made the crucial decision to trigger Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty against Poland. This article, which has never been used before, allows the European commissioners to deprive Warsaw from its voting rights as it… » read more

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Guest post by Tin Gazivoda, Senior Program Officer at The Open Society Initiative for Europe. Big changes are underway in Gdansk, Poland today. Since July 2016, some of the city’s most vexing problems have been dealt with calmly – even enjoyably — by a changing, randomly-selected “citizens assembly” made up of approximately 60 ordinary city… » 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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EU: Renaissance or Bankruptcy?

Guest post by David Heilbron Price Weeks before Robert Schuman made his revolutionary Proposal on 9 May 1950 to create the European Community, a renowned American Think Tank published an in-depth report. It reviewed postwar conditions in Europe and forecast the future options for the Continent. It spoke of the Renaissance, but not in a… » read more

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Guest contribution by Pauline Gessant, President of the Young European Federalists (JEF). European citizens have made a democratic choice at the European elections. Citizens have a say over who will become the next President of the European Commission. This is what we were told before the elections. It is in line with the spirit and… » read more

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Guest post by: Simone d’Antonio, Board Member, European Youth Press 71% per cent of young Europeans did not vote in European elections. When the topic of next European Parliament elections is debated in Strasbourg, MEPs should take into account the figures of this particular aspect of the question, that risks to became an emergency of… » read more

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Guest post by the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) In the lead up to Ukraine’s 28 October Parliamentary elections, polling indicates support moving toward the governing Party of Regions, with a close race between Batkivshyna and UDAR for second place. Those two parties had flirted with forming an official coalition, but amid a… » read more

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Richard Wilson argues that if we are not careful electoral reform could be a distraction from the new politics we need. I never marched against the Iraq war. I can’t remember why; I was probably ‘busy’. I did, though, construct quite an elaborate intellectual defense. An argument which hinged largely on a critique of our… » read more

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