Publications of Puetter, Uwe
The European Council and the Council: perspectives on new dynamics in EU governance
The European Council and the Council play a central role in policy-making within those new areas of EU activity within which intergovernmental policy coordination prevails over legislative decision-making such economic governance and foreign affairs. The emphasis on decentralised governance implies important changes to institutional design and the practice of inter-institutional relations.
Consistency and diversity? The EU's rotating trio Council Presidency after the Lisbon Treaty
The Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The new Treaty combines a permanent chair with the principle of rotation based on three member states collaborating during an 18-month period, without specifying the responsibilities of trio groups. This left wide scope for the first post-Lisbon trio to establish new working mechanisms. By discussing the joint Presidency of Spain, Belgium and Hungary, this article interprets the trio model and its combination with the permanent chair model as an attempt to re-adjust the balance between consistency and diversity. Rotation remains a key instrument for ensuring the representation of the diversity of member states in an enlarged Union. At the same time, the EU’s ever more complex policy agenda and a greater need for collective leadership motivate the search for new forms of cooperation to enhance policy consistency over consecutive Presidency terms.
Europe's deliberative intergovernmentalism: the role of the Council and European Council in EU economic governance
The European Union’s (EU’s) responses to the economic and financial crisis provided a vigorous illustration for how the role of the Union’s core intergovernmental bodies – the European Council and the Council – has evolved in recent years. The European Council has emerged as the centre of political gravity in the field of economic governance. The Council and the Eurogroup fulfil a crucial role as forums for policy debate. The emphasis on increased high-level intergovernmental policy co-ordination is the reflection of an integration paradox inherent to the post-Maastricht EU. While policy interdependencies have grown, member state governments have resisted the further transfer of formal competences to the EU level and did not follow the model of the Community method. Instead, they aim for greater policy coherence through intensified intergovernmental coordination. Given its consensus dependency, this co-ordination system can best be conceptualized as deliberative intergovernmentalism.
Hlavní je jednota
Commentary on the euro crisis.
Yes, but the key is tying EU decision- making to domestic politics
Commentary to the article Long on policies but short on politics, the EU needs a breath of fresh air by Loukas Tsoukalis
This article reviews the book The Enlargement of the European Union. Ordering from the Menu in Central Europe by Wade Jacoby