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The EU Political System After the 2019 European Elections

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  • Assesses the impact of the recent events on EU’s political forces, interinstitutional balance and main policies
  • Looks at the way the EU has handled the 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic
  • Answers an important question for the EU: who holds its leadership?

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics (PSEUP)

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Policies


About this book

This book assesses the impact of the May 2019 European elections as well as the Covid-19 pandemic on the EU’s politics, institutions, and policies. Special attention is paid to the impact of these events on the different political forces as well as on the Union’s institutional balance, its priorities and the reform of its budget and policies. Because of the many post-electoral uncertainties, the book also takes into account how the relations between the Parliament, the European Council and the new Commission have developed. Furthermore, it analyses the capacity of the von der Leyen Commission to implement an ambitious programme, especially in the context of an unfolding pandemic. The objective of this book is to study the 2019 electoral sequence (parliamentary elections, appointment of EU institutions leaders, investiture of the Commission, new legislative programme) and determine its influence on the main institutional and political challenges for the 2019-2024 legislature. In other words, the volume deals with the question of who holds the EU’s leadership after the 2019 elections and how it handles the 2020-2021 pandemic.

Editors and Affiliations

  • CEVIPOF-Sciences Po, CNRS, Paris, France

    Olivier Costa

  • Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

    Steven Van Hecke

About the editors

Olivier Costa is Director of European Political and Governance Studies at the College of Europe, Belgium, and Research Professor in Political Science and EU studies at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CEVIPOF-Sciences Po, France. He is also Executive Editor of the Journal of European Integration.

Steven Van Hecke is Assistant Professor in Comparative and EU Politics at the Public Governance Institute of the KU Leuven, Belgium, and Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany.

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