Academic journal article The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs

"This Time It's Different:" A Note from the Guest Editors

Academic journal article The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs

"This Time It's Different:" A Note from the Guest Editors

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This special issue of the Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, exploring the political landscape after the May 2014 elections, draws on discussions held between think tanks of the european Policy institutes Network in Warsaw on 25 November 2013. the seminar, co-organised by ePiN members: the Polish institute of international Affairs (PisM) and the centre for european Policy studies (cePs), assessed the likely changes to the integration process after 2014 and the role of the next Parliament in shaping post-crisis europe. in other words, it confronted the european Parliament's own campaign claim: "this time it's different."

And, indeed, everyone concurred that it was, to a degree. the participants agreed that the financial crisis has brought europe to the forefront of national debates, something which could boost rates of voter turnout which have declined ever since the introduction of direct elections in 1979. yet, they were less united about whether the momentum could be properly exploited by the mainstream political parties. there is growing opposition to the obligations of eU membership, let alone towards any further transfer of competences to the eU level. in some domestic debates the electoral campaign is also likely to be strongly affected by in/out arguments.

so, are clouds gathering over the new european Parliament? As göran von sydow argues in his contribution to this volume, the sovereign debt crisis dispensed with any residual notion of the permissive consensus in eU affairs. …

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