Connecting European Citizens: Never Mind the Institutions, Where’s Birgitte?

‘Brussels’ is boring: the dullness of institutions… Nobody cares about EU institutions, and how they change. I’ve given enough lectures at universities and public talks in a range of countries to know that even the ins and outs of the historically-unparalleled, and thus inherently fascinating, ‘ordinary legislative procedure’ bore people to death. Its dull-as-ditchwater name […]

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Germany: Reconnecting the Core

A European Germany?  A German Europe? Thomas Mann’s famous quote of 1953 has been intensely discussed in European public opinion over the past six years as a result of Germany’s disputable role in managing the euro crisis. While the country’s relative political clout has grown steadily within the EU (partly also due to the relative […]

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