There is a good reason countries are not lining up to seek an EEA-style deal from the EU

29 Oct

What the European Union is attempting to do in its current dealings with Switzerland is to force the country to accept a political agreement fundamentally similar to the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement which Swiss voters rejected in a referendum back in 1992. Just like the EEA Agreement, the proposed EU-Swiss agreement would mean an […]

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Referendums are not a simple cure for the EU’s democratic deficit

2 Oct

It is often argued that national referendums on EU matters can be a cure for the democratic deficit of the EU and its policies. But what can we learn from a country like Switzerland about how and when direct democracy works? In this blog post, Eva Thomann, Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen, and Eva G. Heidbreder conclude that referendums in the EU usually […]