Publications in: Institutions and Democracy

Defending EU Values: a Puzzle With Missing Pieces

On 12 September the European Parliament warned of a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU’s common values by Hungary. Which instruments does the EU have to defend its values internally? What are their weaknesses? Can newer proposals provide remedy? more

EU’s multi-level system: Strengthening parliamentary voices

Although citizens’ trust in political institutions and the European Union as a whole has recovered slightly, better parliamentary scrutiny can reduce the perceived democratic deficit of the EU’s multi-level system. This Policy Paper is guided by the principles of building upon current practices and avoiding Treaty change. Valentin Kreilinger suggests five measures how to strengthen parliamentary voices. more

Follower Power for the European Parliament

In a little more than a year from now Europeans head to the polls to vote for a new EP. There is a danger that the voter turnout will fall once more. Thus the EP should become more active online. In this blog post Paul-Jasper Dittrich sketches out a possible “get-out-the-vote” online campaign of the EP for the upcoming elections that specifically targets young Europeans. more

The EU’s new mix of three methods

Ever since European leaders signed the Rome Declaration one year ago, the debate on the future of Europe has taken up pace. However, the different methods of integration have only received little attention. This blog post reviews how the Community, Union and Consultation methods have shaped the debate on European integration. more