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Dear mr. rector, Dear team of the University of Oviedo, Dear colleagues,   First of all, many thanks to the University of Oviedo, particularly the rector, Professor Silvia Gomez and her team for making it possible to host our fourth bEUcitizen General Assembly Meeting! A conference that is held in a time of great uncertainty for European citizens, faced with rising nationalism, growing xenophobia and populism, fear and anger. These are all culminating in last week’s…

EUROPE AT A CROSSROADS   Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (University of Oxford)   THE VOTE FOR BREXIT has opened an existential phase for the future of the EU. Irrespective of the political debates over the past year or so, the British referendum at its core was not about Britain’s membership in the EU, but about how the country copes with deindustrialization, deprivation and one of the highest levels of inequality in Europe. “Privatized Keynesianism” (C. Crouch) helped to conceal…

Five thousand people in Calais wanting to cross the Channel to the UK has meant my inbox is overflowing with invitations for interviews and top lines on ‘what is to be done’. What is striking about these requests is how many ask for brevity. ‘Tell us what you would do about Calais in 50 words. Be as specific as possible’, asked one journalist. The flood of requests (or perhaps I should say ‘swarm’) encapsulates what I find to be a real dilemma working in the field of ‘migration…

Written by:  Robert Csehi and Uwe Puetter Under ‘Work Package 8’ we carry out a comparative research which analyzes the political aspect of European citizenship and the changes thereof. The exercise of political citizenship, which we understand as a meaningful access to the political decision-making process, has been greatly influenced by the latest financial and economic crisis. The deterioration of the financial market environment in the context of the euro area sovereign debt crisis,…

I started to write this blog in a train that slowly took me from Poland back home to the Czech Republic. Returning from the conference on Central European party politics, I was thinking about the results of the last elections to the European Parliament that took place in May 2014. The results of particular parties were not object of my curiosity but the strikingly low electoral turnout. In Poland, only 23.8 per cent of the eligible voters casted their votes; in the Czech Republic, the turnout…

Last week, which was my second in office, I travelled to Copenhagen for a bEUcitizen meeting. The plane was packed with businessmen and elegant people doing Christmas shopping. Having been busy lately with the project, with my book, and with my baby, I did not have time – and, to some extent, money – to buy myself nice clothes and shoes after the pregnancy, neither to go to the hairdresser’s. In the rush, I packed two half pair of black shoes apart from the comfortable, unpolishable…

Conference “In the name of consumers? Public interest litigation in Europe”, 15th-17th of October 2014, University of Bayreuth, Germany More than 50 academic and practicing professionals met on the 15th-17th of October 2014 at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, for a conference titled “In the name of consumers? Public interest litigation in Europe”. The event was organized by the Research Centre for Consumer Law (for more information see

For European citizens to claim rights on the basis of EU law – save for special circumstances – there should be an interstate requirement. Or, in other words, European citizens should have exercised their free movement rights before a number of important rights attached to European citizenship becomes available. This interstate element is vital, as it is about the division of competences between the EU and its Member States. If the cross-border requirement is not met, national law will…

In recent years, German competition authorities seemed to get more aggressive. Andreas Mundt, head of the federal cartel office, has turned the agency into a frequent player at German courts. Big companies have suffered major defeats, pouring huge fines into the public purse. However, when it comes to protecting consumers’ rights, the federal cartel office has been handcuffed to statutory law. Enforcing consumers’ rights has not been part of its legal mandate. Yet times they are changing.…

The European elections in May 2014 could be a landslide victory for EURO-skepticism, strengthening anti-EU Rightwing parties across Europe. The growth of EURO-skepticism is a threat to European citizenship and democracy. The main story-line is that the growth of Rightwing populism is explained by citizens’ concerns about growing immigration, unemployment and poverty followed the adoption of austerity politics by Liberal, Conservative and Social-Democratic European governments. The issue of…