Posts Tagged ‹European Union

Friday, July 31st, 2020

European Union Agenda in Serbia’s Party Politics: A Clash between Rationality and Identity Politics

This article argues that “identity politics” determines party positions and political orientations towards the EU agenda in Serbian party politics. In its attempt to analyse the underlying reasons and legitimation strategies of the Serbian parties towards the EU agenda, the research employs a thematic content analysis of documents of eight...
Monday, October 21st, 2019

The Career Paths of Central European MEPs. Political Experience and Career Ambitions in the European Parliament

This article investigates the career paths of Central European Members of the European Parliament. Based on an analysis of biographies and the results of a quantitative survey about career ambitions with MEPs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, this paper outlines both the career paths that lead...
Monday, October 21st, 2019

Supranational Democracy in the European Union. Introductory Theoretical Analysis

The main purpose of the article is to build a new multidimensional conceptualization of ‘supranational democracy’ in comparative perspective of national democracy and contribute to empirical research. It has to be remembered, however, that on the supranational level it is more difficult to achieve democracy than on a national level....
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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