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TEPSA Newsletter August 2013 Edition

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Editorial

National parliaments: a review of the implementation of the protocol on subsidiarity and proportionality

by Jean-Paul Jacqué

The Protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality enables national parliaments to take a decision according to the formula of subsidiarity during the review of proposals of the Commission. Following the Protocol, the Commission must review its proposal when national parliaments via one third of the votes allocated to them issue a reasoned opinion stating why the national députés consider that the draft in question does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity (‘yellow card’). If more than half of the votes of the national parliaments issues such an opinion, the Commission is obliged to not only reconsider its proposal, but the Parliament and the Council must each decide by a specific vote on the respect of subsidiarity (‘orange card’).

Initially it has been questioned whether national parliaments would be interested in this process. An assessment of the current situation shows however that there has been a shift. According to the 2012 report of the Commission on the relations between the European Commission and national parliaments,[1] the latter have addressed 663 opinions to the Commission in 2012, of which 509 dealt with legislative texts. Among them, only 70 related to 23 Commission’s proposals constituted issues regarding explicitly subsidiarity.[2] More importantly, the year 2012 witnessed the first use of the 'yellow card' concerning the proposed regulation called “Monti II”.[3] Based on the legal basis of Article 352, this proposal drew the consequences of the Laval[4] and Viking[5] case law in determining the relationship between the fundamental right of workers to take collective action, including industrial action and strike action, and the freedom of provision of services. It stated that these freedoms respected the right to strike and to take collective action. It also required the establishment of extrajudicial mechanisms to solve conflicts especially in case of the ones of a cross-border nature. More importantly, in case of judiciary regulation, it called upon national courts to assess, following the proportionality principle, if a collective action would not go beyond the objectives pursued. It was thus about a codification of the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the EU.

For the first time, the necessary threshold of reasoned opinions to initiate the ‘yellow card’ procedure was reached. Twelve reasoned opinions representing nineteen votes were addressed to the Commission, so the threshold set at one third of the votes was exceeded by one.[6] In fact, the objections were rather related to the question of EU competence than subsidiarity as such. Most reasoned opinions opposed the European Union to regulate the right to strike. These opinions were based on the fact that Article 153 TFEU excludes the right to strike from the Union's competences in the social domain. These opinions therefore assessed that such a prohibition could not be circumvented via the flexibility clause of Article 352 TFEU. In addition, some parliaments assessed that the proposed measure consisted of a harmonization which is prohibited under Article 352, paragraph 3, in areas where the Treaty excludes it. Basically, instead of a dispute on subsidiarity, the national parliaments rejected the Court’s argument that Article 153 cannot help to solve interactions between fundamental freedoms and the right of collective action. However, according to the Court, if a regulation under national jurisdiction conflicts with a fundamental freedom, the matter falls within the scope of Union law. This does not mean that the EU can regulate the right to strike, but it is competent to intervene to ensure that the right to strike does not jeopardize the functioning of the internal market.[7] Yet some parliaments, including the French Senate,[8] wanted to suspend this functional interpretation of Union’s competences based on the internal market.

The Commission re-examined the proposal, as stipulated in the ‘yellow card’ procedure, and concluded that the principle of subsidiarity was respected. It justified the use of Article 352 by the prohibition contained in Article 153, but followed the position of the Court that the interactions between the right of collective action and fundamental freedoms fall under the scope of Union law’s application. When it comes to a situation which member states cannot solve independently, given its cross-border nature, European interference is justified under the principle of subsidiarity. Nevertheless, the Union has withdrawn its proposal for political reasons, considering that it would not receive the needed political support in Parliament and Council.[9] This precedent shows that, in the future it will be difficult to act against the objections represented by one third of national parliaments’ votes because it will be unlikely to get a majority in Council and possibly in Parliament. The “Monti II” case has an important symbolic value as first use of the ‘yellow card’. Yet this hasn’t altered the situation significantly, since - with the absence of regulation - it leaves the scope open to the application of the Court of Justice jurisprudence. The absence of positive integration leaves room for uncertainty of negative integration. This precedent also shows that the approach of national parliaments on subsidiarity is far from following a strict legal line. Instead, the invocation of subsidiarity is used as an instrument to fight a legislative proposal that is deemed inappropriate whatever the real reason is.

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute

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The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

This year the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet, or UI for short) celebrates its 75th anniversary, making it one of the oldest institutes of its kind in Europe. During all these years, UI has provided an independent platform for research and information on foreign policy and international affairs. The institute's mission to inform and enrich the public debate on foreign policy is more relevant than ever in today’s globalized society.

Comprised of approximately 40 staff members, UI is an active institute in Sweden, Europe and the world in delivering research, public information, events, and a renowned international affairs library.

Research

Research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs looks at foreign policy and international negotiations, defence and security, peace and development, democracy and culture, governance and institutions, and globalization and information society. The geographic focus is on Europe, North America, East Asia, and Russia. Multidisciplinarity, geographic and thematic expertise, and clear societal relevance characterize UI research. The researchers regularly comment on current affairs in news media, hold public lectures, and write op-eds and expert opinions for UI and other media channels. The focus is on issues of importance for Sweden and for the Swedish foreign and security policy debate. The geographic programmes enable development of long-term empirical, cultural, and linguistic competencies. UI also has projects that span several continents and themes. Examples of these include internet and democracy, security and development, transatlantic relations, and the role of business in peace-building. Most UI research is published internationally. In-house publications include UI Papers, UI Occasional Papers, UI Briefs, and UI Analysis.

UI offers postdoctoral researchers a chance to carry out research at UI for a period of one to three years. The Programme is financed by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is one of few such investments in international studies in Sweden.

Public Information

UI publishes a variety of well-regarded journals intended to improve Swedish public understanding of international events. These include: Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor (“Current Issues in World Politics”), which offers accessible background, understanding, and deeper insight into current issues in world politics; Internationella Studier (“International Studies”), an award-winning UI publication for everyone interested in foreign policy and international topics of the future. It offers analyses, commentaries, and interviews not found anywhere else;  Länder i fickformat (”Countries in Your Pocket”) is UI’s most widespread publication. The series covers all of the world’s more than 190 countries in 145 leaflets, which describe geography, population, culture, history, politics, economy and more, in an easily digestible format; finally, we publish Landguiden (“The Country Guide”) an online version of Länder i Fickformat. Our editors monitor developments in all countries of the world and update the database daily.

Events

Swedish and international researchers, experts, political leaders, and journalists converge at UI for talks and debates about foreign and security policy. There are around 60 lectures, conferences, seminars, professional development days, and meetings on current international issues per year. Some events are arranged by UI only, while others are held in collaboration with other organisations, government agencies or private companies. Events most often take place at UI premises.

Anna Lindh Library

The Anna Lindh Library holds Sweden’s largest collection of defence, security, and foreign policy literature. It is primarily aimed at researchers, students, and journalists, but is also open to the general public. The library is co-owned by the Swedish National Defence College and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

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At ui.se you will find current information about the Institute, our activities and staff. You can also book event tickets, browse publications for purchase in our online shop, access research publications, and watch seminar recordings on UI Play. Ui.se also hosts our blog, UI-bloggen, with contributions by UI researchers, journalists, experts, and in some cases specially invited guest writers (in Swedish). UI-bloggen aims to create critical understanding of events in world politics. UI has a Facebook page, and you can follow many of our staff on Twitter. The English-language version of the site comprises all of UI’s research, as well as information of and booking details for English-language events. Sign up for our English newsletter and follow our activities!

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News from TEPSA Secretariat

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Congratulations to Hanna Ojanen on her new post

Dr. Hanna Ojanen, Board Member of TEPSA, works now as Jean Monnet Professor. From now on she is Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on European Politics and European-Russian Relations School of Management at the University of Tampere. You can reach Hanna through the following address:

Office: Pinni A4081 (Kanslerinrinne 1), FI-33014 University of Tampere

Tel. +358-50-3186955, E-mail hanna.ojanen@uta.fi, Twitter @HannaOjanen

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Pre-Presidency Conference and TEPSA General Assembly, Athens, 10-11 October 2013

SAVE THE DATE! We are pleased to inform you that the next Pre-Presidency Conference organised by TEPSA and Greek Centre of European Studies and Research (EKEME) will be held in Athens between 10 and 11 October 2013.

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THESEUS Conference and Call for Participation: "A vision for post-­crisis Europe: Towards what kind of Political Union?" Vienna, 17-­18 October 2013

Within the last few years a vital debate about the future of European integration has been launched notably regarding the issue of "political union". Under the pressure of the crisis, the issue of ‘finalité politique’ has again returned to the heart of academic and public debates. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel called countries to give up more powers to Europe “step by step” as way out of crisis. The French President François Hollande declared that he wanted to take a European initiative for a “economic government” and "political union" within two years. In contrast in the UK, a new debate on the repatriation of competences towards the nations has been launched.

While most of the academic and political debates deal with the consequences for the different policy fields or the institutional set-up of the Union, there are only a few exchanges about national perceptions and differing understandings. In order to capture the ambiguous meanings and developments, besides different national perspectives the conference will discuss conceptual and theoretical approaches. In doing so future strategies and roadmaps will be identified.

Taking into account the different national debates as well as political and juridical cultures, the THESEUS conference asks academic and political contributors for member states’ views on:

-      What are the definitions and approaches for academia to deal with?

-      What does a political union mean for nation states?

-      What do nation states expect? What are the limits and constraints to set up a political union?

-      Does more economic integration make a political union necessary?

-      What are the next steps? Is there a need for a European convention? What does it mean for European elections in 2014?

Call for Participation: We invite PhD students and young researchers for participation as junior discussant and/or rapporteur. We offer you a European wide, cross-generational network of academics and politicians dealing with European integration. The participation is free of charge. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 250 EUR.

Submission of Abstracts: Please send us abstracts for papers of max. 300 words dealing with one of the above-mentioned questions, together with a short CV indicating name, institutional affiliation, telephone number and email address. Please send your abstracts via email to Mirja Schröder, THESEUS programme director: mirja.schroeder@uni-koeln.de. Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 10, 2013. Notification of accepted abstracts: September 18, 2013

About the project: THESEUS is a common initiative of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). Since 2007, THESEUS aims at fostering an open and constructive dialogue about the future challenges of Europe between academia and politics but also between generations. Thereby its purpose is to establish a European interdisciplinary and cross-generational network and to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. In doing so it enables especially junior researchers to create a sustainable network both of young leaders and of recognised experts from academia and politics.

For more information please visit: www.theseus-europe.net

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PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

We are delighted to inform you that PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, in which TEPSA is a contractor party, received grant from the European Commission (reference number: 540381-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-ERASMUS-ENW).

The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.

Members of PADEMIA have identified 5 major areas of relevance for research and teaching which account for the complex and multi-facetted character of parliamentary democracy in Europe:

  • Changing parliamentary institutions in Europe
  • The role of parliamentary actors in Europe, including political parties, committees, individual parliamentarians and parliamentary staff
  • The relationship between parliaments and citizens in Europe
  • Parliaments and the European public sphere
  • Parliamentary democracy and constitutional development

Besides, 2 cross-cutting disciplinary perspectives on a) multi-level democracy and b) the economic and financial crisis ensure conceptual and empirical linkages between the five areas of relevance in its research and teaching activities and respond to the challenges identified above in the subject.

The aims and objectives of the project are:
Education/Teaching

      • Supporting access and active participation of graduate students and PhD candidates
      • Assisting the exchange among teachers on good teaching practice within the subject area of parliamentary democracy in Europ

Research

    • Communicating research outcomes through: an annual conference in Brussels, specialised workshops and panels in other academic conferences such as EUSA, UACES, ECPR, an online paper series
    • Fostering new methodologies and innovative approaches to research in the field by a research award competition,
    • Sharing data and facilitating access to sources and resources.

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EXACT Final Conference on EU External Action, 10-12 July, Brussels

The Final Conference of the Marie Curie Training Network EXACT took place at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels from 10 - 12 July 2013. The EXACT Fellows presented their research in form of a poster exhibition and feedback sessions together with their supervisors and the EXACT Visiting Scientist Prof. Brigid Laffan (University College Dublin). Furthermore, guest speakers and a roundtable with participants from the EXACT partner projects INCOOP and PEGASUS contributed to the three-day conference. All in all the draft programme foresaw three public events: The opening of the poster exhibition in the framework of a public reception and an intervention by Prof. Jolyon Howorth (University of Bath); The key note address of David O’Sullivan (Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service) and a reception; and  The public roundtable “The Future of EU PhD Studies”.

Here you can consult the full Programme EXACT Final Conference and here the last EXACT Newsletter.

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Conference "The European Council – The Many Faces of a Key Institution", 20-21 June, Brussels

In cooperation with TEPSA and the the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) Berlin, and with the generous support of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Stiftung, the Coelner Monnet Association for EU Studies e.V. (COMOS) organised its annual conference on 20 – 21 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Entitled „The European Council – The Many Faces of a Key Institution“, the conference convened an impressive line-up of EU experts, both from inside the political apparatus in Brussels as well as from academia, to discuss the European Council and its role in the EU’s development. The audience of around 40 participants in total moreover included junior researchers, students, professors and other ‘aficionados’ of EU politics and policies. The Permanent Representation of North Rhine Westphalia provided a perfect location for intensive and lively discussions.

The conference’s first panel was dedicated to the evolution of the European Council. Andrew Duff (Member of the European Parliament), Jean-Paul Jacqué (Secretary-General of TEPSA and former Head of the Legal Service of the Council) and Philippe de Schoutheete (a former Belgian diplomat), inter alia discussed the ambiguous role of the Commission President as a member of the meetings of the heads of state or government.

The second panel dealt with the European Council on the global stage. Gianni Bonvicini (Istituto Affair Internazionali Rome), Jim Cloos (Council of the EU) and Geoffrey Edwards (University of Cambridge) focused on the role of the European Council as crisis manager and on its president’s ability to represent the Union externally. The difficult position of the High Representative in the institutional framework was considered as well in the debate.

The third and final panel debated whether the European Council could be described as the EU’s “economic government”. Iain Begg (London School of Economics), Janis Emmanouilidis (European Policy Centre Brussels and author of summit analyses following each European Council) and Gabriel Glöckler (European Central Bank) dealt with various aspects of that question, from more structural considerations of how an economic government could be defined in the first place, to an assessment of the impact of the current crisis situation on the role of the European Council.

In their concluding remarks, Jean Paul Jacqué and Wolfgang Wessels (University of Cologne) broadened the perspective on the European Council by revisiting its position in the interinstitutional structure at EU level and by analyzing the long-term evolution of that institution between the heads of state or governments’ “problem-solving instinct” and their “sovereignty reflex”.

In the light of very positive feedback from participants, COMOS will organize another conference in mid-2014. Topic and location will be announced in early 2014. For more information on this year’s conference and COMOS in general, please click here.

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Job Alert: Instituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) is seeking to hire a Researcher responsible for research, reporting and outreach on European affairs, with a particular focus on European integration, EU institutions and member state politics. Applications are due by 15 September 2013. More information is available here.

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes

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Ambassador Nelli Feroci elected president of the Institute of International Affairs

Ambassador Nelli Feroci is the new president of the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI). Elected by the Board of Directors, he succeeds Professor Stefano Silvestri who has held the position since 2001.

Thanks to his expertise in European affairs and, more generally, in the field of foreign policy, Ambassador Nelli Feroci will provide strong impetus for the consolidation and development of the IAI’s activities.

During his diplomatic career from 1972 to 2013, he was Italy’s Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels (2008-13), Chief of Staff (2006-08) and Director General for European Integration (2004-06) at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is the author of numerous articles and essays in the field of international relations, European affairs and foreign policy.

Professor Silvestri, on his part, will continue to put his prestige and knowledge at the disposal of the Institute, in particular in the field of strategic and security studies.

In his personal letter to Wolfgang Wessels, Chairman of the TEPSA Board, Director Nelli Feroci welcomed successful cooperation with the TEPSA network and expressed his wish for farther strong partnership. 

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New Director General for CIFE

The Administrative Board of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) has appointed Matthias Waechter as its new Director General with effect from 1 August 2013.

M. Waechter, who holds a PhD and a “Habilitation” in Modern History, has been directing the Institut européen·European Institute (IE·EI), a department of CIFE, since 2005. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Freiburg. In CIFE's programmes, he teaches European Integration, the History of International Relations and Comparative Political Systems. He has widely published on US history, Contemporary French history and Franco-German relations. His book "Der Mythos des Gaullismus" (2006), was awarded the Franco-German parliamentary prize. Matthias Waechter succeeds Hartmut Marhold, who has led the institution since 2002 and who will continue to work at CIFE as its Director of research and development.

CIFE, a private institute of higher education with offices in Nice, Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul, is one out of six institutions to benefit from the "Jean Monnet Action: Support for specified institutions pursuing an aim of European interest" of the European Union. Amongst its major fields of activities are Master programmes in EU Studies and international relations, summer universities as well as a scientific quarterly, research and conferences on EU-related topics.

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News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

In the upcoming academic year 2013/14 the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb will be leading two training projects funded from the EU programs. The project “Italo-Croatian Mobility in Europlanning – ICrome” which is part of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme for 2013 will aim to train newly-graduates, young professionals and unemployed people in the field of EU funded projects in IRMO and in one of the 12 proposed host institutions, located in the North-East of Italy. The project “Film Festivals with Creative Documentaries about First Hand Experience from EU Funded Projects - ClosE_Up” will be implemented in partnership with the Media Factory. Its overall objective is to increase through creative film festivals, workshops and on-line tutorials, the general understanding of EU programmes and benefits of EU assistance in Croatia.

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IAI New research project on Europe’s future

IAI has launched a new project titled “Towards a More United and Effective Europe: Beyond the 2014 European Parliament Elections”. The project aims at delineating what kind of model of governance the EU could head towards, and which of these models is best suited for the purpose of a more united and effective EU. In particular, the research sheds light on the degree and nature of integration at the “core” of Europe and the relationship of that core with those member states (current and future) which opt to remain outside it, assessing these questions against two benchmarks: political unity and policy effectiveness.

The project was launched by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino in July 2013 and a first brainstorming workshop is scheduled to take place on 16 September in Rome, which will discuss the conceptual framework of the project.

Other five events are foreseen between November 2013 and April 2014 to discuss papers on the five topics of the projects (fiscal & monetary policy; transport, communications and infrastructure; energy & environment; security & defence; migration and movement of people). A final international conference in June 2014 will present the project’s overall research output.

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Call for Application: Master in EU Studies Online

The Master in EU Studies Online, a two year programme, offers the perfect blend of theoretical and practical knowledge of the EU. Participants will gain a working knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process. They will also gain the skills to negotiate within an international context, to draft reports, to plan and manage international projects, and to present their ideas in a transnational legal dimension.

To specialise in a core subject (Political Science, Economics and EU law), participants may continue with a second year of the Master programme. The general approach, during the second year, to understand issues and task is interdisciplinary. Once a participant has submitted and defended his/her Master thesis, they will receive a Master in EU Studies Online and a degree qualification “Policy Officer in European and international Organisations”. This qualification is recognised in France as a Master level degree.

Deadline for the online application is 5 September 2013. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to eligible candidates to cover part of their tuition. Learn more here: www.eu-online-academy.org or contact Aline Palige (aline.palige@cife.eu).

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Upcoming Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

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Autumn 2013 Events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga

30.09.2013, Public discussion "Interaction of European and Belarusian economic models: risks, opportunities, limitations”, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Latvia.

09.10.2013, Public discussion on the Eastern Partnership, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga. in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

provisionally November 2013, Discussion and publication on the "Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond”, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga, with support of NATO and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

For further information on the events please follow the news on www.liia.lv or refer to liia@liia.lv.

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Upcoming Events at IWE, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

30.08.2013, Public lecture on the social challenges faced by the EU. Speaker: by Mr. László Andor, European Commissioner for employment, social issues and inclusion. Institute of World Economics, Budapest.

17.09.2013 (tbc.), Europe Club meeting on “Croatia’s membership in the European Union”, Europe Club events are held once a month. They are organized by prof. Andras Inotai, research professor of IWE and chairman of the European Studies Foundation. At these club meetings a speaker is invited to make an exposé of ca. 30-40 minutes which is then followed by a ca. one hour discussion. The previous Europe Club hosted Mr. Béla Markó, honorary president of the Hungarian Democratic Party in Romania, who drew a critical balance of Romania's membership in the EU (18 June 2013).

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Upcoming Events at the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

19.09.2013, IEP annual academic conference on “A Roadmap for the Future of Europe: Differentiated Integration within or beyond the Legal Framework of the Lisbon Treaty”, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, Germany. The conference, which aims to debate a roadmap for the EU’s future in terms of analyzing the possible ways out of the current crisis and discussing the different prospects for the future composition and structures of the European Union, will prominently feature differentiated integration in the analysis. The following questions will be discussed during the conference: The Political Union and integration- how will the institutional architecture be affected? What role does differentiated integration play regarding the different EU policy areas? Will the Lisbon Treaty provide a sufficient legal base for further European integration? What are the benefits and perils of treaty revision including a Convention? What are the dividing lines in Europe and how can the emerging North-South divide and UK be managed? Contact person: Dr. Funda Tekin, funda.tekin@iep-berlin.de.

21-22.11.2013, German-Nordic-Baltic Forum on “Europe under Pressure – How to Overcome Divisions and Secure EU Strength and Coherence”, Institut für Europäische Politik and Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn, Estonia. The ninth nation meeting is devoted to current questions about the state of European integration and the European Union’s future survival. This is the 5th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum, which first seeks to discuss issues from a national perspective before exploring a range of common interests and developing coordinating strategies.

28-29.11.2013, 23rd German-Hungarian Forum and 3rd German-Hungarian Youth Forum on “The Future of Europe: Retrospective and Outlook- Basic Values, Reforms, and Solidarity’’, Institut für Europäische Politik, German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungarian Council of the European Movement, European Institute Budapest, Network European Movement Germany, and Europa-Union Deutschland, Budapest, Hungary. A series of speeches, panel discussions, and working groups will address current issues in the EU that are relevant to German-Hungarian relations.

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Upcoming autumn 2013 events at Sciences Po, Paris

23 September 2013, "Enquêter, de quel droit? Menaces sur l'enquête en sciences sociales", with Sylvain Laurens and Frédéric Neyrat. Social sciences in question Seminar: The leading epistemological controversies of our time. This seminar focuses on methodological questions, a fundamental issue in social sciences. They define and base the validity of our research and findings, yet we rarely get to discuss them. The objective of this joint seminar CEE and CERI is precisely that, to provide a place to meet and exchange ideas between the researchers; PhD students are also strongly invited. The aim is to compare our research fields, our methods, our research questions and how to address them, in the light of major epistemological and methodological controversies of today. CEE and the CERI are meeting the challenge to create a collective dynamic at Sciences Po and to strengthen the already existing connections between the two centres. To learn more about this seminar see here.

26-27 November 2013, "International symposium: 2013 Innovations and the Making of Metropolitan Identity", Paris City Hall. In 2011 the Ville de Paris instituted a long-term cycle of seminars. Organised with the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés of Université Paris-Est, the Centre d’études Européennes of Sciences Po, with the support of Paris Métropole and the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), these meetings bring leading researchers  together and aim to nurture ongoing Parisian thinking on the subject.

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News from Prof. András Inotai, IWE Budapest

Future events:

10.09.2013, Academic Council meeting of the College of Europe, Bruges

26-27.09.2013, Scientific Board meeting of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Berlin

04.10.2013, International conference organized by the European Progressive Initiative (newly created organization in the framework of the European Parliament, headed by Mr. Hannes Swoboda), Budapest

Publications:

Guest comment: Entrückt und isoliert. Ungarns Regierung wettert gegen Europa - und kolonisiert sich selbst, Handelsblatt, August 07, 2013, p. 48.

Ungarn und die EU (based on interview), Wirtschaftswoche, August 16, 2013.

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Past Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

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Summer 2013 news from Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes, Paris

Nominations / prizes

The 2013 Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize has been awarded to Virginie Guiraudon, who at the time of winning, is Research Director at Sciences Po Paris Center for European Studies. The Jury felt that Professor Guiraudon has made a significant contribution to European political sociology, through her impactful research and academic activities. Clich here to learn more.

Natacha Gally received the prize of thesis of the Foundation Mattei Dogan attributed by the l'Association Française de Science Politique. Click here to learn more.

Feedback on past events

22 March 2013, The human face of European free movement, conference lecture at Uppsala University.

19 October 2012, After Cool Japan: contemporary art in the post-bubble, post-disaster society, seminar lecture at Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University.

13 April 2012, European Union versus European society: new disciplinary perspectives on EU studies, keynote lecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.

13 April 2012, Turkey today: Between Europe, the regional and the global, keynote lecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.

14 October 2010, The national integration paradigm: where are we now?, keynote lecture at COMPAS, Oxford University.

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Spring and summer 2013 events at Royal Institute Elcano, Spain

16.07.2013, Working breakfast with Jane Hardy, Australian Ambassador to Spain, who about the “Asian Century and Europe: an Australian view”, and the current state of relations between Spain and Australia. Elcano Royal Institute. More information. 

15.07.2013, Seminar: The Americas and the European Union facing the new scenarios in commercial and political relations. Organized together with the Secretaría General Iberoamericana and Casa de America, with the collaboration of UNDP and FRIDE. More information. 

03.07.2013, Presentation of the 2012 edition of the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG after its initials in Spanish). How would the global presence of a “United States of Europe” be? Organized together with BBVA. More information.          

12.07.2013, Conversation on US-Spain relations. Organized together with the US Embassy in Madrid and Casa de América. With the participation of Alan D. Solomont, US Ambassador to Spain and Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, Chairman of Elcano Royal Institute. More information. 

10.06.2013, Roundtable: European External Action: implications to Spain. Elcano Royal Institute. Roundtable focused on the necessity of thinking strategically about the EU’s external action, after the publication of the report Think Global Act European IV. Thinking Strategically. Elcano Royal Institute has contributed to this collective project, coordinated by Jacques Delors Institute (Notre Europe) with four reports and a seminar in Madrid. The Roundtable took place in the headquarters of the European Institutions in Spain, and presented by Charls Powell, director of the institute, with the intervention of Elvire Fabry, director of TGAE Project / Notre Europe - Institut Jaques Delors; and Elcano’s researchers that have participated in this project: Haizam Amirah Fernández, Carmen González Enríquez, Ignacio Molina and Alicia Sorroza. More information.

06.06.2013, Working Breakfast. Ethiopia, a central country in Africa’s Horn. Elcano Royal Institute. Ethiopia's State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Berhane Gebre-Christos, met with experts and analysts at Elcano Royal Institute to talk about the role of his country in the Horn of Africa. More information. 

30.05.2013, Working Breakfast. Sudan: Opportunities and challenges. Elcano Royal Institute. Sudan's Foreign Minister, Ali Ahmed Karti, who was accompanied by the country’s Investment Minister, Mustafa Osman Ismail, talked about the opportunities for foreign investment in his country, and future economic challenges following the independence of South Sudan. More information.

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Spring 2013 Events at IEP, Berlin

11.06.2013, Lunch Talk on “The Role of the EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in the Middle East”, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin. On 11 June the IEP hosted a lunch talk with Andreas Reinicke, the EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process. Reinicke clarified the foreign and domestic role of his position as well as the EU’s value as a neutral mediator in the Middle East conflict. Reinicke suggested that Israel’s security faces a greater challenge from its settlement plan than it would from a peace treaty and ought to become a teammate of other states in the region.

28.05.2013, Lunch Talk on “The Necessity of European Union Reform and its Scope: Efficiency, Democracy, and Solidarity”, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin. On 28 May IEP hosted a lunch talk with Jo Leinen, member of the European Parliament and President of the European Movement International. Leinen discussed the necessity of European Union reform by first taking stock of the current situation and then suggesting how the crisis had shown the weaknesses of the EU system. Leinen summarized the need for reform across a variety of fields and emphasized the necessity of a new narrative and objective for Europe based in stability and prosperity in a globalized world.

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The Elcano Global Presence Index

Real Instituto Elcano has recently released the last edition of the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG), an index whose objective is to measure the global presence of the countries worldwide.

The catching-up process of several emerging economies and the crisis in the United States and Europe have also had implications for their global presence: the IEPG shows that Western countries keep on losing positions in the global scene. However, if the European Union were to count as a single country, it would top the world in terms of global presence. The economic divergence and concentration that characterise the European Union are also apparent in terms of intra-European presence: in general terms, the old members have more 'presence gains' than the newcomers. Lastly, the IEPG shows that the weaknesses of Spanish external insertion call for a new foreign action strategy. You can consult the Index here.

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Newest publications from Science Po, Paris

Articles

Tosi, Simone et Vitale, Tommaso. Gouverner la reconversion industrielle dans le Haut-milanais : interrogations sur les processus de représentation et de défense des intérêts territoriaux. Métropoles. juin 2013, n° 12/2013.

Halpern, Charlotte et Pollard, Julie. Les acteurs de marché font-ils la ville ?. EspacesTemps.net. 17 juin 2013.

Bouillon, Florence et Aguilera, Thomas. La ville brûle-t-elle ? Pour une réappropriation citoyenne de nos villes. Mouvements, juin 2013, n° 74, p. 132-142.

Lascoumes, Pierre. Le design au risque de l’environnement.  Du développement durable au greenwashing. Rosa B., juin 2013, n° 5.

Rosental, Paul-Andre et Denord, François. Comment lier l'économique et le social ? Une analyse structurale des lieux d’expertise sous le régime de Vichy. Gouvernement & action publique. juin 2013, vol 2, n° 2, p. 185-219.

Rozenberg, Olivier. Avec l’Union européenne, un tournant majeur. Questions internationales. juin 2013, n° 61-62, p. 68-76.

Boullier, Dominique. Méthodes, techniques et outils. Naviguer par profils, mutation des principes documentaires. Documentaliste. juillet 2013, vol 50, n° 2, 15 p.

Favell, Adrian. The Changing Face of ‘Integration’ in a Mobile Europe. Council For European Studies Newsletter. juillet 2013.

Editorships of Special Issues

Cole, Alistair, Meunier, Sophie, Tiberj, Vincent, (dir.). Developments in French Politics 5.5e ed.. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 320 p.

Vitale, Tommaso.Socialità, omofilia e povertà urbana. Sociologia Urbana e rurale. juillet 2013. 13 p.

Books 

Kassim, Hussein, Peterson, John, Bauer, Michael W, Renaud Dehouse, et al. The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013. 400 p.

Book contributions

Rindzeviciute, Egle. Hegemony or Legitimacy? Assembling Soviet Deportations in Lithuanian Museums. In Davoliute, Violeta et Balkelis, Tomas (dir.). Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States. Vilnius : Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, 2013, p. 153-177.

Rindzeviciute, Egle. The Geopolitics of Distinction: Negotiating Regional Spaces in the Baltic Museums. In Aronsson, Peter et Graden, Lizette (dir.). Performing Nordic Heritage: Everyday Practices and Institutional Culture. Farnham : Ashgate, 2013, p. 221-246.

Haegel, Florence. Political Parties: The Ump and The Right. In Tiberj, Vincent.Cole, Alistair et Meunier, Sophie (dir.).  Developments in French Politics 5 :. Etats Unis : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Mayer, Nonna.Sondages, mode d’emploi. In Taguieff, Pierre-André. Dictionnaire historique et critique du racisme. Quadrige. Paris : Presses Universitaires de France, 2013, p. 1703-1706.

Membretti, Andrea et Vitale, Tommaso. Just another roll of the dice: a socially creative initiative to assure Roma housing in North Western Italy. In Maccallum, Diana, Mehmood, Abid, Moulaert, Frank, et al (dir.). The International Handbook on Social Innovation: Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2013, p. 186-196.

Cautrès, Bruno, Chanvril, Flora, Mayer, Nonna. Retour sur l'hypothèse de « l'homologie structurale » : les déplacements des catégories sociales dans l'espace politique français depuis La Distinction. In Coulangeon, Philippe et Duval, Julien (dir.). Trente Ans après La Distinction de Pierre Bourdieu. Recherches. Paris : La Découverte, 2013, p. 327-337.

Graziano, Paolo, Jacquot, Sophie, Palier, Bruno. Europa, Europae, Les visages multiples de l’influence de l’Union européenne sur les réformes nationales des systèmes de protection sociale. In Kerschen, Nicole, Legrand, Monique, Messu, Michel (dir.). La symphonie discordante de l’Europe sociale. Paris : Ed. de l'Aube, 2013, p. 111-128.

MAYER, Nonna, MICHELAT, Guy, TIBERJ, Vincent. Montée de l’intolérance et perception anti-islam. In Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme,  La lutte contre le racisme et la xénophobie. 2012. Paris : la Documentation Française, 2013, p. 28-47.  

Working papers

Halpern, Charlotte et Le Galès, Patrick. Grandeur et décadence de la politique urbaine  de l’Union européenne. Villes et territoires n°2013-4. Paris : Sciences Po, 2013.

Simon, Patrick et Tiberj, Vincent. Sécularisation ou regain religieux : la religiosité des immigrés et de leurs descendants. Trajectoires et Origines, enquête sur la diversité des populations en France »(TeO) n°196. Paris : INED, 2013.

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A Spring 2013 Publication from CIFE

Jean-Claude Vérez, Matthias Waechter (eds.), "Les 90 ans de la République de Turquie - 90 Years of the Republic of Turkey" CIFE, L'Europe en formation, Presses d’Europe, Printemps/Spring 2013, n° 367, ISSN 0014-2808. . L’Europe en formation publishes, since March 1960, articles on European integration, international relations, European social model and federalism. The electronic diffusion of L’Europe en formation is now undertaken by Cairn.info.

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Newest Publications from FIIA

Sean P. Roberts,  Russia as an international actor: The view from Europe and the US. The hard-line approach taken by the Russian authorities following the December 2011 parliamentary election has led to growing consternation within the international community, while the return of Vladimir Putin to the post of President of the Russian Federation in May 2012 has generated largely negative evaluations of Russia’s political trajectory. But how is the Russian Federation viewed in a broader context as an actor within the international system? Does Russia play a positive or negative role on the international stage and is Russia viewed as a strategic partner or a strategic competitor by other actors, including the European Union and the United States? The material presented in this report is a symbiosis of opinions and analysis from European and US researchers and practitioners dealing with these questions, following roundtable discussions held in Finland in January 2013 and in the US in April 2013. The report highlights the main issues raised during the course of these discussions.

Juha Käpylä & Harri Mikkola, The Global Arctic: The Growing Arctic Interests of Russia, China, the United States and the European Union. With exciting economic opportunities and serious environmental challenges, the Arctic is transforming and re-emerging as a geopolitically important region. Major global players within and without the Arctic are paying greater attention to the region. While Russia is a traditional Arctic state with significant economic and security interests in the region, China, the US and the EU have also expressed their Arctic interests more explicitly. They are keen to tap into the economic potential and have a say in the way the region becomes accessed, exploited and governed. As a result, the Arctic is no longer a spatially or administratively confined region, but is instead taking its new form in the midst of contemporary global politics. The globalization and economization of the Arctic will most likely downplay environmentalism and reduce the relative influence of the indigenous people and small Arctic states in Arctic affairs. Arctic governance is also likely to turn more complex and complicated as the economic and political stakes are raised.

Johanna Jacobsson, Towards an integrated Transatlantic market: The EU and the United States open ­politically charged negotiations on free trade. On 14 June the European Commission was granted the mandate to launch negotiations on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the United States. Reaching a deal is vital for both parties but a successful outcome risks being compromised by political sensitivities on both sides of the Atlantic.

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A publication from IWE

Miklós Somai,Is France’s Economy a Real Danger for the European Integration? Unija Evropejska.pl, No. 3 (220), 5/6 2013, pp. 7-15.

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Newest publications from Elcano

Elcano Royal Institute and the Polish Institute of International Affairs, Poland and Spain: How to Cooperate in a Europe in Flux, Elcano Policy Paper 2/2013 – 11 July 2013. This Policy Paper is a joint publication of the Elcano Royal Institute and PISM and follows the Polish–Spanish roundtable “Poland and Spain: Working Together in a Europe in Flux” held on 27 May 2013 in Warsaw, organised by PISM, the Elcano Royal Institute and the Spanish embassy. The contributors to this publication include Kinga Brudzińska, Federico Steinberg and Salvador Llaudes, along with Beata Wojna and Paweł Tokarski. The document is also being published as “food-for-thought” for the ninth annual Polish– Spanish inter-governmental consultations, which will take place on 15 July 2013 in Madrid. 

Ignacio Molina (coord.). Elcano Royal Institute, Spain’s position in the world in 2013, Elcano Policy Paper 1/2013 (Translated from Spanish) 24 July 2013. This is what this paper aims to do: present the map, or at least a map, of Spain’s foreign policy for this year. It is a novel kind of project which the Elcano Royal Institute hopes to consolidate in the future. The idea is to publish a new edition each year, with a list of the challenges that lie ahead and a forecast of possible developments. The report will also look at whether the predictions made for the previous 12 months were, in fact, accurate. It is a tricky job that will test the Institute’s ability to analyze and forecast. 

Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez, Development outcomes from reimbursable aid to the private sector: a case study in Colombia, WP 10/2013 – 19 July 2013. 

Federico Steinberg, After the storm: international monetary implications of a reborn euro, WP 13/2013 – 8 July 2013. This paper explores the implications of the survival of the euro for the international monetary system (IMS). Since the outset of the euro zone (EZ) sovereign debt crisis in 2010, a new Berlin-Frankfurt axis is providing leadership in the creation of a banking union, a limited fiscal union and some form of economic and political union, all of which are necessary conditions for the survival of the euro.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, What would the ‘United States of Europe’ look like in this changing world? Reflections on the IEPG, ARI 25/2013 – 3 July 2013. The catching-up process of several emerging economies and the crisis in the United States and Europe have also had implications for their global presence: the IEPG shows that Western countries keep on losing positions in the global scene. However, if the European Union were to count as a single country, it would top the world in terms of global presence. The economic divergence and concentration that characterise the European Union are also apparent in terms of intra-European presence: in general terms, the old members have more ‘presence gains’ than the newcomers. Lastly, the IEPG shows that the weaknesses of Spanish external insertion call for a new foreign action strategy.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, IEPG 2012: methodology and new analytic tools, WP 12/2013 (Translated from Spanish) – 1 July 2013. As in the two previous editions, the IEPG calculates the global presence of a selection of countries in the economic, military and soft fields. The 2012 edition of the IEPG widens the choice of countries to 60, as well as designing an IEPG for the European Union and a European presence index (IEPE, after its Spanish acronym) for each of the 27 member states. This document summarises the methodology underlying the IEPG. Secondly, it explains the methodological challenges and solutions in calculating an index to evaluate the global presence of a ‘United States of Europe’. Finally, it describes the methodology of the IEPE, which is calculated for the 27 EU member states in 2012. The Annex provides a list of estimated cases. 

William Chislett, The EU bows to German pressure to delay Turkey’s membership talks, Expert Comment 42/2013 – 26 June 2013. The EU averted a possible derailment of embattled Turkey’s moribund accession negotiations by agreeing to open the first chapter in three years, but not this month as originally promised because of Ankara’s excessively brutal handling of the demonstrations which have rocked the country and particularly appalled Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor. Failure to have opened the chapter –on regional policy– could well have led the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an abrasive figure, to pull the plug on the negotiations.  

Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Libya and the problematic Political Isolation Law, ARI 20/2013 (Translated from Spanish) - 20/6/2013. Theme: The fifth of May of 2013 could go down in history as the day in which the democratic transition in Libya was derailed. It was on this date that an ample majority of Libya’s interim parliament was coerced by armed militias into passing the Political Isolation Law. The law’s application could condemn the country to live anchored to its dramatic past. 

Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Does the US know what it is doing in the Middle East?, Expert Comment 39/2013 – 12 June 2013. The question may sound like a provocation, but from its answer stem enormous implications for the international system. This is not an issue raised only by critics or enemies of the US. Increasingly more allies, partners and friends alike, wonder if Washington has a clear strategy towards the Middle East, if it foresees the possible consequences of its actions or rather if, as some believe, it is gradually dissociating itself from the region as part of its announced strategic shift towards Asia and the Pacific.

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Carlota García Encina, Australia: so far and yet so near, Elcano blog, 5 August 2013.

William Chislett, Spain’s Unemployment Conundrum, Elcano blog, 29 July 2013.

Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (2): United Kingdom, Elcano blog, 17 July 2013. 

Iliana Olivié, A window of opportunity for a post-Busan donor, Elcano blog, 15 July 2013. 

Salvador Llaudes, May 2014, elections to the EP: an even smaller turnout? Elcano blog, 12 July 2013. 

Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (1): Russia, Elcano blog, 10 July 2013.

William Chislett, Parallels between Egypt’s and Turkey’s protests, Elcano blog, 8 July 2013.

Carlota García Encina, Spain: looking ahead to the African Century, Elcano blog, 24 June 2013.

Iliana Olivié, It IS possible to measure the global presence of countries. Check out the IEPG!, Elcano blog, 17 June 2013.

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Six reports on the EU institutions and policies from the Istituto Affari Internazionali, April-June 2013

Nicoletta Pirozzi, The European Union's Crisis Management After Lisbon: Addressing New Security Challenges in the 21st Century. Is the EU's post-Lisbon crisis management model adequate to tackle current international security challenges at both the strategic and the operational levels? The Lisbon Treaty has introduced a number of innovations in the field of the EU's crisis management which have the potential to reinvigorate the Union's security actorness, both as a norm setter (model by being) and an operational crisis manager (model by doing). This paper will investigate the prospects for the EU to become a credible security actor in the 21st century in connection with its capacity to: (1) adapt the conceptual framework of its crisis management system to the current security scenario; and (2) implement effective action on the ground. In particular, this analysis takes into consideration three main developments in the global security environment: (1) the rise of new security-political challenges; (2) the evolution of the concept of security; and (3) the proliferation of non-state actors in the field of security.

Nona Mikhelidze, The Winner is TAP: The EU's Failed Policy in the South Caucasus. Between the two competitors for the delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe ­ Nabucco West and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) ­ the winner is the latter, a project designed to transport Caspian gas via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy. Yet the political objective of the Southern Corridor was to diversify gas supply to Europe and reduce the energy dependence of some EU member states on Russia. With TAP as the winner, it is questionable whether the EU has truly met these goals. The EU has failed to be a credible actor in the region, able to defend its interests by diversifying energy supplies, decreasing the energy dependence of some member states on Russia and contributing to regional security in the South Caucasus.

Roberto Cisotta, What Role for the European Commission in the New Governance of the Economic and Monetary Union?. In recent years, the European Union (EU) and its Member States have tried to offer credible responses to the financial and economic crisis often outside the EU legal order and with a significant impact on the constitutional framework and on the institutional balance of the Union itself. The solutions found raise many legal concerns and may alter long-standing balances between institutions. Furthermore, they are clearly inspired by intergovernmentalism and principally conceived within intergovernmental structures like the European Council. In this context, the Commission still constitutes the last reliable driving force towards a genuine European project and it is called to play an extremely delicate role to safeguard the common interest of EU and of the Eurozone.

N. Mikhelidze, Juggling Security, Democracy and Development in the Caucasus: What Role for the EU?. The EU's premise in its engagement in the various conflicts besetting the South Caucasus has been its endorsement of the metropolitan state's territorial integrity and thus its non-recognition of the de facto independence of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Within this framework, the EU's governance initiatives in the South Caucasus have focused on the promotion of democracy. In the EU's view, conflict resolution will c ome about in the long-run if Georgia and Azerbaijan become more attractive for the separatist entities. However, instead of real democracy promotion, what we have observed from the EU's side has been the accommodation of local forms of governance.

M.Martín de Almagro Iniesta, EU Engagement with Local Civil Society in the Great Lakes Region. The EU aspires to use a new generation, bottom-up framework for peacebuilding, in which respect for local identities, culture and rights trump national security, the market and law and order. However, this normative commitment has not materialized in EU peace operations in practice. These shortcomings derive from a gap between the definition of what constitutes local civil society and the practices concerning its involvement in EU policies. Improving the understanding of how local civil society can be a partner for peace for the EU is critical for the success of EU missions in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and EU Delegation tasks in countries such as Burundi.

C.Hefftler and W.Wessels, The Democratic Legitimacy of the EU’s Economic Governance and National Parliaments. The Euro crisis is having a major impact on the EU as such and on its member states. A key dimension of it concerns the democratic legitimation by national parliaments of the measures taken to face the crisis. The role of the European Council and policy coordination in the European Semester challenge the ability of national parliaments to stay in control of national budgets and economic policy. This paper, which draws on comparative data concerning all 27 EU member states, considers whether national parliaments are further sidelined in the EU decision-making process or try to “fight back” against their loss of traditional competences.

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A new publication by Petr Kratochvil, IIR Prague

Kratochvíl, Petr (editor),  The EU as a Political Actor: The Analysis of Four Dimensions of the EU's Actorness, Nomos Publishers, June 28, 2013, isbn-10: 3832972234, isbn-13: 978-3832972233. To innovatively explore various facets of European integration is the aim of a new book "The EU as a Political Actor: The Analysis of Four Dimensions of the EU's Actorness" edited by Petr Kratochvíl. The unifying theme of the book is the EU´s actorness in international affairs. In this new publication edited by Petr Kratochvíl four individual dimensions of its actorness are explored - the EU´s legitimacy, its external recognition, its attractiveness, and its power to frame policy. These four dimensions are explored both theoretically and in the context of several empirical case studies. The book will be of utmost interest to both practitioners and students of European integration. You can consult the book here.

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New publication by J. Bátora, Comenius University in Bratislava

Jozef BátoraThe Mitrailleuse Effect: The EEAS as an Interstitial Organization and the Dynamics of Innovation in Diplomacy, "Journal of Common Market Studies", July 2013. The study is available here.

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Publications of Prof. Stephan Keukeleire, College of Europe

Raphaël Metais, Charles Thépaut and Stephan Keukeleire (eds.), The European Union’s Rule of Law Promotion in its Neighbourhood: A Structural Foreign Policy Analysis, EU Diplomacy Paper, 2013, No. 4, 73 pp.

Stephan Keukeleire and Arnout Justaert, Informal governance and networks in EU foreign policy, in Christiansen, Thomas and Christine Neuhold (eds.), "International Handbook on Informal Governance", Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers, pp. 558-590.

Stephan Keukeleire and Bas Hooijmaaijers , EU-India relations and multilateral governance: where is the “strategic partnership”?, in "India – European Union Relations", FPRC Journal, 13, 2013, pp. 118-122, (New Delhi: Foreign Policy Research Centre, www.fprc.in).

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Publications from the Jean Monnet Chair, Univeristy of Cologne

Andreas Hofmann, Strategies of the Repeat Player. The European Commission between Courtroom and Legislature, Berlin 2013.

Tobias Kunstein, Where Economists and Diplomats meet. A Neo-institutionalist Analysis of the External Representation(s) of the Euro Area, Baden Baden 2013.

Julia Lieb, Diplomatie jenseits des Staates. Die EU-Außenvertretung gegenüber Drittstaaten und der Europäische Auswärtige Dienst, Baden Baden.

Katharina Eckert, Christoph Heuer, Herbert Schubert, Holger Spieckermann, Wolfgang Wessels, Die Stadt Köln als kommunaler Akteur im EU-Mehrebenensystem, Sozial-Raum-Management, Köln 2013.

Andreas Hofmann, Wolfgang Wessels,Tektonische Machtverschiebungen – die Krise als Auslöser und Verstärker des institutionellen Wandels, in: Zeitschrift für Politik, 2/2013, pp. 220-241.

Oliver Höing, Differentiation of parliamentary powers. The German Constitutional Court and the German Bundestag within the financial crisis, in: Cartabia, M., N. Lupo & Simoncini A. (eds.), Democracy and Subsidiarity in the EU. National parliaments, regions and civil society in the decision-making process, Rome 2013, pp. 255-280.

Oliver Höing, Wolfgang Wessels,The European Commission’s position in the post-Lisbon institutional balance: secretariat or partner to the European Council? in: Monar, Jörg, Chang, Michele (eds.): The European Commission in the post-Lisbon era of crises: Between political leadership and policy management. Brussels 2013, pp. 123-146.

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News from outside TEPSA

The Role of the National Parlimanets in the EU. Call for evidence of the House of Lords EU Committe

The House of Lords European Union Committee, under the Chairmanship of Lord Boswell, is conducting an inquiry into the current and possible future role of national parliaments in the EU framework. The Committee seeks evidence from anyone with an interest.

Over the past few years there has been a great deal of interest in the role of national parliaments in the EU, not least in the context of proposals for closer economic and monetary union. It has also been suggested that there is a “democratic deficit” in the EU that national parliaments could help to fill. This inquiry seeks to explore these issues further.

Written evidence is sought by 27 September 2013, for more information please visit the parliament.co.uk website. Public hearings will be held in the Autumn. The Committee aims to report, with recommendations, in 2014. The report will receive a response from the Government, and may be debated in the House. Here you can consult the PDF Call for evidence.

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Public Consultations held by the European Commission

Public consultation on the "Experience Economy" as an emerging industry

The overall aim of this consultation is to better understand the relevance of setting up specific policy initiatives related to the “Experience Economy” and how to support the development of new industrial value chains. Through this consultation the European Commission aims at collecting stakeholders' views on: how to better define the "Experience Economy"; how strong the interactions between related  industries are, notably cultural and creative industries, leisure and sport, tourism, entertainment and eco-industries; which actors contribute to shape it and what drives and hinders its further development and the transformation process across various sectors. Deadline: 11.10.2013.

Public Consultation on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

This public survey is about the negotiation and conclusion of a stand-alone plurilateral agreement on trade in services between the EU and currently 21 WTO. Deadline: 06.09.2013. 

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