Posts Tagged ‹European Union

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

When do Ministers Travel to Brussels? The Case of Hungary

This paper investigates the determinants of Hungarian ministers’ participation at Council meetings over a decade long period. It aims to identify factors explaining why ministers decide to absent themselves from some Council meetings while participating in others. The analysis uses an original data set that includes information about individual meetings...
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Between ‘National’ and ‘European’ Interests: Small Countries and Their Presidencies of the European Union

The article looks into the relationship between national and common European interests in the case of the small countries’ presidencies of the Council of the European Union. Based on a self-evaluation of the Council of the European Union presidencies of Slovenia, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary and Denmark, the article presents three...
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Risks of corruption and the management of EU funds in Romania

The suspension of EU payments in four operational programmes in 2012 showed how problematic Romania’s correct and effective management of EU funds is. Such funds aim primarily at decreasing the socio-economic disparities among EU members and support the economic convergence of less developed new EU members with their Western counterparts....
Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Eurosceptics – enemies or a necessary part of European integration?

Abstract Although it has been an important part of the academic discussion for more than 10 years, Euroscepticism (especially in connection with party politics) has not been so far adequately defined. The widely accepted definition given by Taggart and Szczerbiak, who has divided Euroscepticism between its “hard” and “soft” version, suffers...
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Restructuring the Foreign Policy of the EU: Competing Narratives and Discourses

ABSTRACT The study of EU foreign policy has devoted over the last years great emphasis to the conceptualization of the role of the Union as an international actor. This paper critically analyzes two overarching narratives – realist and interpretive - about the role of the Union as an international actor employing...
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Modern “Don-Quixotism” or an Emerging Norm of International Relations? Prevention of Armed Conflicts in the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

The prevention of armed conflicts is stated as the priority policy of various international organizations, among which the EU and the OSCE. Based on the semi-structured interviews with high bureaucrats and civilian experts, who are engaged in conflict prevention policies within the two international organizations, the article compares the development...

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