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Brexit, the Eurozone and refugee crises, and increased criticism on globalisation have shed doubts about the future of European integration. This certainly isn’t the first time that the European Union (EU) is going through a crisis, nor is it the first time that European integration is questioned. But, this mood seems to be more acute… » read more

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  What do documents about negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), oversight of the EU’s Food Safety Authority or Tax-Justice have in common? In order to access these documents, (selected) Members of the European Parliament are requested to attend closed reading rooms. This blog post discusses how an exception to open parliamentary… » read more

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Last Wednesday, the Council gave its final approval on the creation of a European Border and Coast Guard. The regulation grants additional powers to the agency formerly known as Frontex. This development highlights the contemporary relevance of an earlier TARN-blog by CERiM co-director Ellen Vos. In her blog, she discusses the agencies’ constitutionality and the… » read more

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The EU Global Strategy contains several new priorities. It puts interests first, calls for a joined-up approach, and is more regional than global in its orientation. By Dr. Hylke Dijkstra Yesterday, the High Representative Federica Mogherini presented the EU Global Strategy entitled “Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe” to the European Council. While she… » read more

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This blog was originally published on 22 June 2016 on www.acelg.blogactiv.eu By Christina Eckes The first challenge on the day after the UK referendum will be to arrange the EU’s and the 27 Member States’ relationship with the UK, irrespective of the outcome. A victory of the leave campaign would be impossible to ignore. As… » read more

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Leaks are becoming the new norm of transparency and perhaps the main source of informed public debate. The Panama mega leak and LuxLeaks expose tax heavens and show the salience of whistleblowers for triggering accountability. Yet, in Europe little or no whistleblower protection exists. Vigijlenca Abazi discusses the mismatch between whistleblowing and legal protection and… » read more

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  In light of the numerous important negotiations the EU engages in with its political and commercial partners, transparency remains an essential topic debated among scholars and also in the public sphere. Graham Smith discusses the role of the European Ombudsman in bringing greater transparency to EU negotiations and explains how a proactive approach to… » read more

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As a participant of a workshop recently held in Brussels to discuss the topic of the law and politics of confidential EU negotiations, Gianluca Sgueo analyses the debate scholars and practitioners engaged in and discusses the challenges a “multi-layered” EU transparency culture might face. By Gianluca Sgueo In a workshop recently held in Brussels and… » read more

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When EU Heads of States and Governments unanimously gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 17 June 2013, they understood that these talks would become the leitmotiv of a new era in EU trade policy. However, few people would have guessed that it would primarily… » read more

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