Europeanisation and Lobbying in Passau

Back again! During the winter semester I spend some interesting days at Passau University. I am looking forward to leading the seminar on Europeanisation and Lobbying at the Jean Monnet Chair for European Politics. In two block seminars the students and I seek to shed light on the lobby world in the multi-level system of the European Union.

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Hidden by the crisis: Uncontrolled explosion of national EU actors

One aspect of the current EU financial crisis has been the proliferation of EU actors within the Brussels circle and the exclusion of national-level actors, something that can endanger the idea of European integration in the future, I warn in “Opinions” at EurActiv.com.

“Crisis, crisis, crisis. Many connect the current financial turmoil to an allegedly weak common currency, the euro. Others blame the institutional framework for an inadequate response to the crisis. A high number of commentators fear radical treaty changes as the outcome is unpredictable.

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