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2014

The 2014 European Parliament elections took place after many years of severe austerity policies, comprehensive bailout programmes and increasing political resistance to European integration. Due to the strengthened role of the European Parliament by the Lisbon Treaty, the expectations on public...

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Through the Lisbon Treaty, the national parliaments were entrusted with the task of reviewing proposals of EU legislation in the light of the principle of subsidiarity, a task which in the special protocol on subsidiarity is called the Early Warning Mechanism. In this analysis the author argues...

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For about fifteen years, the European Commission has taken initiatives to provide better regulation. Since the introduction of the early warning mechanism, enabling the national parliaments to have a say on whether or not the legislative proposals comply with the principle of subsidiarity, it is...

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The European Semester of policy coordination, which is the core of EU’s new institutional architecture for economic and social governance, introduced since the beginning of the Euro crisis, has prompted questions about the nature and dynamics of the EU’s emerging socio-economic governance...

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Development cooperation traditionally has played an important role in the European Union’s external policy. This report provides a well-timed evaluation of the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon in this particular policy area. The report assesses to what extent the changes brought...

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The Eurozone crisis and its management prompted dramatic changes to social rights and entitlements, specifically in the Member States which were most severely affected by the economic downturn. Fundamental rights, including fundamental social rights, from different sources can...

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Beggars have increasingly become a common sight in Swedish cities. This, in turn, has led to a renewed discussion on the situation for the Roma in Southeast Europe. In this European Policy Analysis, Daniel Tarschys examines whether EU Cohesion Policy can contribute to improving the social and...

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In connection with the financial crisis, we have seen a fall in house prices in many EU member states. At the same time, the economic decline in several countries appears to have been amplified by high household debts. In Sweden this has led to the question of amortization featuring high on the...

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The so-called dual apprenticeship system, which is used in for example Germany, has often been viewed as a remedy for the high unemployment among young people in the EU. In this report, Professor Jonas Olofsson compares the apprenticeship systems in Austria, Denmark, England, Germany and Norway...

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A new system of consultations similar to the Swedish “remiss” system is emerging in the European Union. In this report the authors present an overview of the system and identify similarities and differences with Swedish practices. They conclude, among other things, that there is room for...

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Housing market has proven to have contributed to the instability in the entire eurozone. Its structure and financing has also changed during the crisis. This report analyses how the EU, the Member States and markets have reacted to the crisis and recession on the housing market. It examines how...

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The fall in Swedish public opinion on European integration has come to a halt. The polls from late 2013 even show a slight increase in the pro-EU attitudes among the Swedes. In this analysis, Sören Holmberg demonstrates that just as the negative turn in public opinion during the crisis was...

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Elections to the European Parliament famously fail to excite the interest of voters. The result is low turnout at these elections, particularly in some post-communist EU member states. In this publication, Mark Franklin, a prominent scholar in the area of elections to the European Parliament and...

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This European Policy Analysis looks at the balance of powers between the European Parliament and the EU governments in the EU budget negotiations. The next long-term EU budget, covering the years 2014–2020, shows that its content is heavily constrained by how the decision process takes place....

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As a consequence of the economic crisis, a series of measures have been undertaken in order to strengthen the economic-political coordination in the EU. This development raises several questions in relation to the Swedish EU membership. If what we now witness is a move towards a multi-speed...

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The European economic crisis revived the discussion on future treaty revision. However, stringency of the revision procedure based on unanimity requirement presented an obstacle to fast resolution of complicated problems posed by the crisis. Faced with that difficulty, a majority of the Member...

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The global financial crisis has led to a substantial rise in youth unemployment in Europe. Furthermore, young people are today increasingly excluded not only from the labour market, but the education system as well. This has given rise to the concept of NEET – not in employment, education or...

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National parliaments are often thought of as having lost substantial powers due to European integration. In what way has the rapid decision-making of the EU during the Eurozone crisis affected national parliaments within the Union?

In this publication, political scientists Katrin Auel and...

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