About: Lisbon Treaty

Global Europe 06-12-2019

Lisbon Treaty has potential to foster whole-of-Europe approach to external conflicts

Just when the European Union needs to act as one to prevent major powers from fomenting division, EU institutions and member states seem to lack the political will to set aside their disagreements and focus on the common interest, write Steven Blockmans, Loes Debuysere and Stefani Weiss.
Future EU 20-03-2019

Europe’s democratic challenge: in search of government

Europe is about democracy. We cherish democracy in our national institutions by ensuring a healthy separation of powers, by fighting for free and fair elections, and by combining the rule of the majority with the protection of the minority, write Louis Drounau and Andrew Duff.
Brexit 16-10-2018

The Ulster Question: Taking ‘the Union’ out of the Brexit debate.

Brexit has become a ‘21st Century Ulster Question’, writes Dick Roche, who also suggests how it can be solved.
Brexit 07-12-2017

The key to unlocking Brexit is… in the Lisbon Treaty

The Northern Irish DUP party, a junior coalition member to Theresa May’s government, is a stumbling block to unlocking the Brexit talks. Dick Roche gives the receipt how the problem can be solved.
Politics 16-06-2017

Support for Lisbon Treaty was unnecessary investment of political capital

The mantra of European elites for the support of the Lisbon Treaty included greater transparency of the decision-making process. Almost ten years after signing the Treaty, Mirek Topolánek says he now knows "for sure" that his support was unnecessary.
Brexit 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.
Trade & Society 19-09-2016

Vestager’s poisoned Apple

Kicking the big guy in the shins is always a popular political diversion – particularly when the big guy in question is an American multinational, writes Dick Roche.
Euro & Finance 14-07-2016

Decision-making and disarray in the EU

The EU’s complex bureaucracy has prevented it from dealing with crises effectively, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Brexit 06-07-2016

A wakeup call for Europe

The UK referendum was a clear signal that Europe is not working. Citizens are tired of paternalistic, closed-door decision-making. The time for a democratic overhaul is now, writes Gerald Häfner.
Jean-Claude Juncker.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
Global Europe 05-04-2016

United we stand, divided we fall

The many challenges facing Europe cannot be solved on a national level. The EU must respond in a coherent, comprehensive way or risk being pulled apart, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Brexit 08-02-2016

Seven steps to winning a referendum

Nicholas Whyte takes a journey back in time to previous referendums in order to consider whether the UK and EU can learn anything from the lessons of the past.
Elections 26-01-2016

EU stuck in a ‘representation spiral’?

As European integration has progressed in the Monnet method, national leaders have become stuck in a 'representation spiral', which the recent crises accelerated to a point where major EU decisions can no longer be made, argues Balázs Kiss.
Andrew Duff
Brexit 19-11-2015

Making the Brexit deal ‘formal, legally-binding and irreversible’

If the heads of government want to placate Cameron, they can promise to change the treaty in the future, but such a promise will be neither legally-binding nor irreversible, writes Andrew Duff.
Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]

EU in deep trouble with top court

The European Court of Justice has blocked the EU’s efforts to sign up to the European Convention on Human Rights. In doing so, judges defied the will of EU Commission, European Parliament and the advice of their advocate, writes Andrew Duff.

New Council voting means Germany is Europe’s reluctant paymaster

1 November was the new European Commission’s first day. Thousands of newspaper pages have been filled across Europe with the shenanigans and politics surrounding the nomination process. This blog will not seek to add an additional one. Instead, it will address another key change in the EU’s makeup that I have not seen a single newspaper article about recently, but one which is arguably more important for European politics.
Global Europe 29-10-2014

Mogherini as EU High Representative: How can she redefine the role?

When Federica Mogherini moves into her new office in the European Commission, she will find a full diary on her desk. During her hearing at the European Parliament in the beginning of October, she could already get a first glimpse of her agenda as EU foreign policy chief, write Niklas Helwig and Carolin Rüger.
EU Priorities 2020 22-08-2014

Returning commissioners: keeping portfolio and political responsibility

Can an outgoing Commissioner keep his portfolio in the new Juncker College? This question is pending and relevant mostly for Commissioner Oettinger, who is seeking to keep his job as Energy Commissioner. According to Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski, the answer is yes.
Future EU 07-02-2014

The state of the Union’s democratic process

The European Commission's democratic legitimacy is still an important issue that should be thoroughly analysed in a future revision of the treaties, writes Paulo Rangel.
Public Affairs 07-11-2013

What role for national parliaments in EU law making?

The Lisbon Treaty entrusted national parliaments with new tools to hold their governments accountable for decisions taken at the European level. The fact that some national parliaments do very little to use these tools, shows a true “democratic deficit”, Richard Corbett writes.
Digital 04-11-2013

European Citizens’ Initiative: One year of challenges

A year of pushing for the first-ever European Citizens' Initiative to get a million signatures has taught the organisers some lessons: e-democracy is a wonderful tool to close the gap between EU citizens and institutions, but technical barriers and a lack of trust have hindered its use, writes Simona Pronckuté.
Elections 10-10-2013

Time to nominate real European candidates for the Parliament

Despite the expected low turnout in the European elections 2014, actions being taken are all but far-reaching, writes Lucille Rieux. 
Future EU 11-06-2013

Make MPs think European to boost EU legitimacy

The links between national parliaments and the European Parliament should be strengthened in order to tackle the EU democratic deficit and increase EU legitimacy. A more fundamental reform would be to implement the long-discussed idea of establishing a forum for national parliamentarians in Brussels, writes Charles Grant.
Public Affairs 19-04-2013

Bad news for EU decision-making: Comitology no longer exists

In the three years since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, EU decision-making has become more complex and opaque, and there are signs that the secondary legislative procedure, or comitology, no longer exists, writes Daniel Guéguen.
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