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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

Posted by J.Adriaensen

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

Posted by J.Adriaensen

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

Posted by J.Adriaensen

Amidst debates of varying speeds and directions of European integration, Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel point to the need for historical reflection. Historians, they argue, can provide a fresh contribution to the ongoing interdisciplinary discussions on the future direction of the European integration process. Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel Contemporary debates… » read more

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By Hylke Dijkstra The French President François Hollande surprised many observers by invoking, for the first time in the history of the EU, the so-called ‘mutual defence clause’. This obscure Article 42.7 obliges all member states to provide aid and assistance to other member states in the case of an armed attack. Last Monday, the… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

In the recent ‘Troonrede’ the Dutch King said that the government will have as a point of departure for its presidency in 2016 of the Council of Ministers, a Europe which functions better and aims at essentials. Furthermore it will work towards an innovative Europe with a well-functioning internal market and with open trade relations… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

On September 9th 2015 the President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, addressed for the first time the European Parliament in his State of the Union. The message is one of consensus and unity and for trying to reach joint European solutions for the big problems of our time. But the focus should also be on… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi

The debate on secrecy about TTIP negotiations is focused on the European Commission not disclosing sufficient information on the positions it defends at the negotiation table. Despite several efforts to improve transparency, such concerns remain prevalent. We argue, however, that the largest obstacle secrecy poses for the success of the TTIP negotiations may not be… » read more

Posted by Vigjilenca Abazi