Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

Damian Chalmers, Professor of EU Law at LSE and Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, argues that the EU will continue to be perceived as authoritarian until it reforms its relationship with national citizenship and political community. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. When the EU’s heads of state and government met in Laeken in 2001 to start the … Continue reading Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

Selling referendums in Ireland

The Irish have a lot of experience voting on EU treaties, and veteran campaigners there know that attention spans are short and personal experience powerful. Joe Costello, former member of the Irish Parliament and Minister for Trade And Development, says much can be learned. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. We are approaching the end game: a date has been … Continue reading Selling referendums in Ireland

The puzzle of EU referendums

Ece Özlem Atikcan, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Laval University, asks whether previous referendums on European Union treaties contain many lessons and insights into the upcoming referendum in the UK. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy.  Referendum campaigns matter more than election campaigns. Research has shown time and time again that people tend to change their minds during … Continue reading The puzzle of EU referendums