After the European election: reform, not results

This article was first published by Policy Network.

‘EU reform’ may be the mantra of the day, but Europeans want results, not reform. Rather than focusing on procedural and institutional issues, EU leaders should stand ready for real politics

The European Parliament election results have left those who believe in a more united Europe in a state of shock. Yet, a new battle is only starting: how should the 25 May results translate into policy? What can the EU change to start restoring its collapsing legitimacy? Continue reading “After the European election: reform, not results”

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Comprendre le Labour d’Ed Miliband

Essai publié par la Fondation Jean Jaurès en mai 2014.

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Alors qu’elle est en position de force à l’approche des élections européennes et législatives de 2015, la gauche britannique continue de souffrir des étiquettes “New Labour” et “Troisième voie”. La gauche française fait preuve à son encontre d’une indifférence qu’il faudrait dépasser. Tendre la main au Labour permettrait de soutenir l’attitude d'”engagement constructif” vis-à-vis de l’Europe qui est celle d’Ed Miliband, à rebours de la rhétorique négative développée par David Cameron.

L’essai passe en revue le bilan de David Cameron et fait le point sur la situation politique et sociale du Royaume-Uni. Il présente les principales innovations idéologiques du “milibandisme”, notamment le concept de predistribution et le slogan “One Nation Britain“. Il suggère enfin des pistes de coopération entre le Labour et le PS, tant au plan domestique qu’au niveau européen.

Reliable, ambiguous, reluctant & dismissive: British political parties in Europe

This paper, first published by Policy Network, investigates how successful British political parties have beenClegg Farage at using the power of European politics. By analysing the voting patterns of British MEPs during the last European Parliament’s mandate (2009-2014), it highlights how often Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP participated in winning coalitions and have influenced policymaking in 15 of the European Parliament’s most important decisions.

The analysis finds sharp contrasts between the actions of Britain’s four political parties,  categorising them as ‘Reliable’, ‘Ambiguous’, ‘Reluctant’ and ‘Dismissive’ Europeans: the Lib Dems come across as a successful and reliable partners in making deals and influencing policy; Labour appears more ambivalent towards working with their allies; the Conservatives, after stepping out of the EPP group, have traded home comforts for a loss of influence in Brussels; and finally, UKIP simply dismisses EU legislation.

Le “Passage à l’Europe”, de Luuk van Middelaar

Passage a leuropeThis article was first published by Policy Network.

As the EU faces its most serious economic and political test ever, Luuk Van Middelaar’s fascinating account asks us to reconsider the forces that underpin the European Union, hold it together and drive it forward

Yet another history of the EU? Yes, but Luuk Van Middelaar’s Passage to Europe contains strikingly little jargon and looks at the continent’s history through a long-term lens. This helps a great deal to make better sense of what has happened in the last 60 years. The author is a Dutch historian and political philosopher and has been working at the European Council as Herman Van Rompuy’s speechwriter since 2010. He is the author of the much acclaimed Stockholm lecture when the EU was granted the Nobel Price for Peace. The Passage was first published in 2009 in Dutch, to much acclaim, and its recent translation into English only does it justice. Continue reading “Le “Passage à l’Europe”, de Luuk van Middelaar”