legitimacy Archive

  • Europe and the people: Examining the EU’s democratic legitimacy (26 October 2016)

    In the wake of the British vote to leave the EU, this conference will examine concerns across Europe around the democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and the European project as a whole. It will look at how the debate about EU democratic legitimacy across member […]

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  • The law is an ass

    Amid European rejoicing about the restoration of multilateralism to the White House in the recent American presidential election, an interesting corrective is published in the Wall Street Journal. Law professors Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner examine the European record on adhering to international law and […]

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  • UEF welcomes success of the One Seat campaign reaching 1 million signatures

    19 September 2006 “It costs European taxpayers approximately 200 million euros a year to move the Parliament between Brussels/Belgium and Strasbourg/France. As a citizen of the European Union, I want the European Parliament to be located only in Brussels.” This is what it states on […]

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  • Where next for the European Union?

    By Brendan Donnelly In discussing the future of the European Union, we have to start by acknowledging that there is a substantial and probably growing unease in the relationship between the European Union and its citizens. This unease has most recently been illustrated in the […]

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  • The democratic credentials of the new European Union: does the Constitution increase the EU’s democratic legitimacy?

    Brussels, 9 September 2004, Richard Laming, Director, Federal Union Bureau member, Union of European Federalists Why democracy matters in the EU The origin of the European Union is the recognition that there are issues too big for an individual country to solve on its own. European integration […]

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  • Sidelined in Berlin

    By Richard Laming Published in EUobserver, 18 February 2004 When Gerhard Schröder, Jacques Chirac and Tony Blair gather in Berlin today for their trilateral summit, everyone will be remarking on how well they have patched up their differences since the war in Iraq. This is certainly […]

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  • The war in the former Yugoslavia: a federalist analysis

    To find a solution for the war in the former Yugoslavia, we must first understand how and why it started. By Richard Laming Introduction The war in the Yugoslavia has thrown western European political life into turmoil.  It has challenged the basic assumptions of political […]

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