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Centralizing Europe

Meant as a series of amendments to the Maastricht Treaty and the Treaty of Rome, the Lisbon Treaty made the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding and increased the power of the EU parliament and institutions.

Commission Reduction: EU Leaders to Sidestep Lisbon Treaty Rule

Commission Reduction: EU Leaders to Sidestep Lisbon Treaty Rule

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2013

The Lisbon Treaty clearly intends for the size of the European Commission to be reduced below its present size of 27 members. But EU leaders have reached unanimous agreement to sidestep the provision -- and even plan to add a seat to the table for the Croatians. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

(In)Direct Democracy: Giving People a Say in the European Union

(In)Direct Democracy: Giving People a Say in the European Union

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 04, 2012

The European Union recently launched its brand new citizens' initiative program and already there are several groups busily gathering signatures across the Continent. While the move is a bold experiment in direct democracy, many say it is too cumbersome to work. By Caille Millner more...

Shaking Things Up in the EU: The Struggle to Give the European Parliament Clout

Shaking Things Up in the EU: The Struggle to Give the European Parliament Clout

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2012

As the weakest of the EU's three major institutions, the European Parliament has often been viewed as little more than a rubber stamp for the others. But Martin Schulz, the German Social Democrat who will become its president next week, plans to change that -- and he's not afraid of ruffling feathers in the process. By Christoph Hickmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Will They Waver? Britain Looks for Allies among the EU 26

Will They Waver? Britain Looks for Allies among the EU 26

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2011

Having vetoed his way into isolation at last week's European Union summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron is now looking for allies. And there are indications he might find them. The Czech Republic and Hungary on Thursday agreed that tight fiscal rules should only apply to euro-zone members. more...

The World from Berlin: 'Cameron Has Shed UK's Claim to a Leading EU Role'

The World from Berlin: 'Cameron Has Shed UK's Claim to a Leading EU Role'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron may have done his best to defend his EU veto before parliament on Monday. But many have begun grumbling that the premier's appearance in Brussels was little more than a comedy of errors. German commentators say it could have far-reaching consequences. more...

Fateful Day for Europe: Four Ideas to Save the Common Currency

Fateful Day for Europe: Four Ideas to Save the Common Currency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2011

European Union leaders will be gathering in Brussels on Thursday and Friday for one of the most anticipated EU summits ever. Some say that the very survival of the common currency is at stake. But even as Germany's Angela Merkel will be focused on stricter budget rules, several other proposals are also on the table. SPIEGEL ONLINE provides an overview. By Charles Hawley more...

Phoenix Europe: How the EU Can Emerge from the Ashes

Phoenix Europe: How the EU Can Emerge from the Ashes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2011

The old European Union didn't work, that much has been made clear by the ongoing debt crisis. But many in Europe think there is now a clear path to a new, more integrated -- and smaller -- bloc. What must happen first? Greater democracy and less nation-state sovereignty. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Divide and Rescue: Berlin Lays Groundwork for a Two-Speed Europe

Divide and Rescue: Berlin Lays Groundwork for a Two-Speed Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2011

Chancellor Angela Merkel has always rejected a two-track Europe. But with the euro crisis persisting, Berlin is now considering far-reaching new powers for the Euro Group -- to the detriment of the European Commission. Could it work? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Government Analysis: Euro Bonds Would Cost Germany Billions

Government Analysis: Euro Bonds Would Cost Germany Billions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2011

Many prominent politicians are calling for the introduction of jointly issued euro bonds to help combat the European debt crisis. But research conducted by the German government suggests that the bonds would face tough legal challenges, and would cost Germany billions in additional borrowing costs. more...

Democratization Can't Save Europe: The Need for a Centralization of Power

Democratization Can't Save Europe: The Need for a Centralization of Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2011

Despite the myriad problems currently facing the European Union, democratization is not the answer. Rather, the EU's elites need to improve -- and power has to be taken away from the periphery. An Essay by Herfried Münkler more...