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905, 2019

Representative Democracy in the EU: Recovering Legitimacy

Representative democracy is beset by a crisis of legitimacy across the world, but in Europe this crisis is compounded by the inadequacy of national governments to address citizens’ frustrations and to achieve transnational unity on common issues. How representative are national parliaments in their decision-making on EU matters? In this volume 20 renowned think tanks from the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) including the Austrian Society for European Politics (ÖGfE) investigate the relationship between the democratic institutions of the member states and those of the EU.

2604, 2019

European Economic and Monetary Union – Who Is Afraid Of Treaty Reforms?

By: Stefan Griller, Elisabeth Lentsch

Consensus prevails that the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) requires reforms. The economic and financial crisis hit the Eurozone hard and revealed the weakness of the economic governance regime and challenged considerably the functioning of the Eurozone system. The difficulties were addressed by numerous and various measures. However, any debate about a necessary Treaty reform as such was cautiously avoided. This policy brief analizes these developments and offers recommendations how to cope with the necessary reform challenges.

2903, 2019

Talking about Brexit – voices from before and after the referendum

By: Veronika Koller, Susanne Kopf, Marlene Miglbauer

In the United Kingdom in particular, Brexit has been negotiated in terms of us vs them, we against the threatening ‘Other’ across media and genres, across party lines and time. This language of opposition contributed to the referendum’s unexpected outcome. What is more, the polarising linguistic behaviour observed perpetuated a climate of distrust and division after the referendum and continues to impact the UK’s stance towards the European Union. On the basis of their findings, the authors of this Policy Brief propose several steps to mitigate and over time hopefully reverse the detrimental effects of the rhetoric surrounding Brexit.