Dublin European Institute Blog

The Dublin European Institute’s blog is dedicated to promoting critical debate and international scholarly exchange on a broad range of issues related to European political economy.

Rule of Law Conditionality on EU Funds: Why this addition to the rule of law toolbox is important in addressing rule of law backsliding in the EU

By Suzanne Rowe Article 2 of the TEU states that the EU is “founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”. It is considered that these values are common to all Member States andContinue reading “Rule of Law Conditionality on EU Funds: Why this addition to the rule of law toolbox is important in addressing rule of law backsliding in the EU”

Interest Groups: Some say donations others say bribes – What is the money really for?

By Nicola Mc Grath The European Parliament (EP) has been able to amend legislation since the entry into force of the Single European Act in July 1987, thereby incorporating certain interests and policy aims in the decision making process. Since 2008, the European Union’s (EU) political parties and foundations can receive private financial donations asContinue reading “Interest Groups: Some say donations others say bribes – What is the money really for?”

How is public health expenditure hindering Albania from EU accession?

By Dovile Milisauskaite Since the fall of its communist regime in 1990, the Balkan nation of Albania has worked toward a clear goal: European integration. The country, which was isolated economically and politically from the rest of the world just 20 years ago, has been an official candidate for accession to the European Union since 2014.Continue reading “How is public health expenditure hindering Albania from EU accession?”

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