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Leonhard den Hertog discusses Frontex and the rise in immigration after the Arab Spring

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In the first part of this short interview, Leonhard den Hertog, University of Cologne, discusses the difficulties in assessing the accountability of the EU Borders Agency (Frontex). The second part of this interview looks at whether the scale of migration to Italy following the Arab Spring has been overstated.

The paradox of competition policy in the US and EU: Is efficiency enough for economic freedom?

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A short analysis of US and European antitrust policy in the aftermath of the crisis. The genesis of the current crisis may be explained through the argument of a paradoxical lack of competition in the international market. This trend has been generated by a more general set of laissez faire policies, which have been applied […]

Designing the Euro: An institutional hole?

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“If Member States run sound public finances, as a rule, they will never find themselves in a position where they have to correct an excessive deficit,” underlined Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner for economic and financial affairs, presenting the 2007 ‘Public Finances in EMU’ report in June. “And that is why the preventive arm of the Stability […]

The search for a coherent strategic diplomacy in EU foreign policy

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What is the most important lesson that the European External Action Service should take from the ‘Arab Spring’ ? In an interview by Cristian Nitoiu from Loughborough University, Professor Michael Smith evaluates the development of the External Actions and the goal of creating a coherent strategic diplomacy within the European Union’s foreign policy.

Is German Dominance of the ECB Responsible for sub-optimal Monetary Policy in the Eurozone?

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By Sarah Fuchs German dominance over the European Central Bank (ECB) is nowhere more apparent than in the price stability goal of inflation at or below 2% enshrined in the Maastricht Treaty. A notable success in postwar Germany was the excellent record of the Bundesbank on maintaining price stability, which represented an important break with […]

Ideas on Europe – where next?

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We are thinking about the future for the platform and we need the help or our readers! We would very much appreciate if you could spare a few minutes and  complete our short survey here. The main questions of our evaluation are quite straightforward:  How can we improve ideasoneurope regarding content, design and technology? What […]

Academic(s) blogging

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A guest post by Jacob Christensen* in our series of blogging academics. Check out the rest of the series here and here.  If you are an academic (European studies, social science, humanities etc) with a blog and you would like to share your views about blogging and social media here –  please contact us via […]

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