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Making EU Representative Democracy Fit for the Future

June 2022 • Crum Ben , Kreilinger Valentin , Lord Christopher , Puntscher Riekmann Sonja , von Sydow Göran


Long criticized as deficient, the EU’s democratic system now finds itself threatened – as do national systems – by populism, technocracy, and rival forms of government. The essays in this collection suggest how EU representative democracy could change in order to survive and perform effectively. Contributions by Ben Crum, Valentin Kreilinger, Christopher Lord, Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, and Göran von Sydow. (2022:2op)

Spitzenkandidaten – make or break?

June 2019 • von Sydow Göran


The new procedure for selecting the President of the European Commission is subject to institutional and political struggles. Regardless the fate of the system after the European elections in 2019, SIEPS’ director Göran von Sydow argues, a genuine European level contestation over executive office is not likely to emerge soon.

The 2009 Swedish EU Presidency: The Setting, Priorities and Roles (2009:7epa)

January 2009 • von Sydow Göran , Langdal Fredrik


The financial and economic crisis, the constitutional and institutional uncertainties and the climate change issue will dominate the Swedish EU Presidency. This European Policy Analysis outlines, in turn, the European and global context; the tasks and roles of the presidency; and the priorities of the Swedish government for its stint at the helm of the European Union.

The Swedish 2009 Presidency - Possible Policy Priorities (2008:14epa)

January 2008 • von Sydow Göran , Langdal Fredrik


The Swedish EU Presidency during the second half of 2009 will be constrained by a number of external factors such as the investiture of a new Commission, a newly elected European Parliament and it will probably be held under constitutional uncertainty. Nonetheless, the Swedish Government will want to make a mark on the priorities of the European Union during the Presidency.


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