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  • Local and European Elections: Populist Politics or Effective Problem-Solvers? - Dublin European Institute
    and is calling for a radical overhaul of austerity driven policies within member states Their target constituent is not stable middle income earners but the unemployed and those in precarious work This is not that different from the policy platform of SF at home Again even though the Irish electorate will vote SF for domestic reasons it won t be that far away from what Alexis Tsipras or the ULG are articulating at the European level This is certainly an anti austerity vote but that s hardly an indicator for anti EU populism In local politics where SF is most active their representatives are generally perceived and rewarded for being active problem solvers not personality driven populists This is often overlooked by conventional media analysis Fianna Fail are members of the l iberal and democratic alliance ALDE This is a socially liberal group with a strong preference for open markets and de regulation FF will support the ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt for the presidency He gives ultimate priority to the single market There is not much policy cohesion between FF and the ALDE FF are an anti choice party on issues such as abortion but have internalized the liberal polices of their previous coalition partners the Progressive Democrats PD s on the economy Hence a domestic vote for FF probably doesn t reflect what FF voters would want articulated at the international level in Europe However these European parliamentary elections are not just about electing the President of the Commission The European parliament has its own internal dynamic particularly in relation to its complex policy committees The new co decision making procedure instituted after Lisbon gives the parliament co legislative rights with the EU Council It is in the committee structure and informal networks that will matter most in day to day European public policy Quite unlike what occurs at the local level in personality driven Irish politics problem solving effectiveness becomes a virtue MEPs with expertise in environmental planning to financial regulation will have plenty of opportunities to assert their authority In this regard if Ireland sends back more SF MEPs which will increase Irish support for the United Left Group in the European parliament it will mark quite a significant change from the past European policymakers are generally used to dealing with center right politicians that are reluctant to challenge the ideological consensus not least in relation to monetary and fiscal affairs employment and social rights and narratives surrounding the origins and policy response to the crisis This would no longer be the case SF would be opposing the Irish government and EU Council via the EU local and national Parliament SF look increasingly set to occupy the oppositional space in Irish politics not so much because they are populist but because they represent and supply some sense of alternative to an increasingly volatile electorate Isolating everything outside the political centre as populist is a mistake There is simply no comparison between Izquierda Unida in Spain Gilders in

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  • March 2015 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    live streaming seminar on Self Determination Processes in the EU the Case of Catalonia The event takes place on Weds March 25th from 9am to 12 30pm in Newman House St Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the many Social Democracy a Second Leviathan Money for Nothing Is QE increasing inequality Recent Comments Sean Daly on This time it s different The prospects for change in the European elections Miriam Cotton on Local and European Elections Populist Politics or Effective Problem Solvers Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March

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  • May 2013 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    and banking union jobs growth and the single market the MAFF EU US free trade fisheries and agriculture reform and a host of others Somewhat overlooked has EU s rich north benefits from the Eurocrisis May 2 2013 D Thomas Tweet Various studies confirm that public and even official debate about bailouts has been badly mis framed as a question of whether the better off northern member states are willing to contribute their taxpayers money to aid their struggling Eurozone partners In fact as reported today by Reuters the richer countries have benefitted massively from the huge decline in Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few

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  • April 2013 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    the same time insisting on swingeing cuts in public spending and other austerity measures despite the fact that there is evidence of corruption European migration policy and the Greek crisis it is provoking April 24 2013 N Hardiman Tweet Greece is at the hard end of another European policy problem related to austerity but this time to do with immigration and it s turning into a serious human rights and humanitarian crisis According to Europe s border control agency Frontex 93 of migrants to Europe came through eastern and central Mediterranean routes in 2011 With the tightening Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the

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  • March 2013 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    Education March 7 2013 D Thomas Tweet This guest post by Dr Tamir Libel currently a Non Resident Fellow at the UCD Centre for War Studies reports on research he conducted as a Marie Curie Fellow at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations in 2012 2013 In the aftermath of the Cold War European militaries have drastically transformed national systems of officer education Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the many Social Democracy a Second Leviathan Money for Nothing Is QE increasing inequality Recent Comments Sean Daly on This time it s different The prospects for change in the European elections Miriam

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  • February 2013 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    overarching European communal unit could help Will the Irish EU presidency get serious about political extremism in Europe February 1 2013 D Thomas Tweet We ve all heard of Silvio Berlusconi s recent praise for Benito Mussolini on Holocaust Memorial Day But he s not alone The European Commission observes that political parties across Europe are seeking to win voters from extremist movements by borrowing their hate filled language and imagery And we know that these movements are growing Have a look at this Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the many Social Democracy a Second Leviathan Money for Nothing Is QE increasing inequality

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  • January 2013 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    Claude Juncker said some remarkably candid things to the European parliament yesterday His role as the chair of the Eurozone group of countries has given him limited scope to speak freely to date Indeed he s someone who is quoted as saying I m for secret dark debates Now that he s about to step down he s made some Another German problem January 7 2013 January 7 2013 D Thomas Tweet Europe s German problem may not be simply about how to channel its preeminent power in directions that ensure the vitality and cohesion of the Union see my recent post but also about the political style of its leader suggests Dan O Brien in his commentary in today s Irish Times Brigid Laffan honoured for accomplishments on Europe January 7 2013 D Thomas Tweet Professor Brigid Laffan a DEI fellow and member of the UCD School of Politics and International Relations has received the 2012 THESEUS Award for her research on European integration and her contributions to the promotion of European studies Bravo Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the many Social Democracy a Second Leviathan Money for Nothing Is QE increasing inequality Recent Comments Sean Daly on This time it s

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  • December 2012 Archives - Dublin European Institute
    though and especially after the creation of the EU and NATO it appeared that Germany had adjusted its identity its ambitions and its behaviour to the new reality Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the many Social Democracy a Second Leviathan Money for Nothing Is QE increasing inequality Recent Comments Sean Daly on This time it s different The prospects for change in the European elections Miriam Cotton on Local and European Elections Populist Politics or Effective Problem Solvers Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015

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