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European Council and Brexit

Stumbling towards BREXIT, by Gareth Harding, EUobserver, 17 May 2016.

How to leave the European Union properly, by Andrew Duff, Policy Network, 24 May 2016.

Portrayal of Turks as criminals in Brexit campaign ‘appalling,’ says Cameron, Daily News, 27 May 2016.

G7 warns Brexit could hurt global growth, by Eszter Zalan, EUobserver, 27 May 2016

Cynical campaigns harm public trust, by Benjamin Fox, EUpbserver; 27 May 2016

„Die wirtschaftlichen Argumente der Brexit-Gegener haben Eindruck gemacht“, by Albrecht Meier, Euractive/Tagesspiegel; 1 June 2016



European Council and Crisis Management

European Council and EU policy development

  • Alexandrova, Petya/Marcello Carammia and Arco Timmermans. 2014. EU high politics: The policy agenda of the European Council, 1975-2011. In Francois Foret and Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer (eds.) The European Council and European Governance: The Commanding Heights of the EU. New York: Routledge. 53-69.
  • Christoffersen, Poul Skytte. 2009. The Role of the European Council in Institutional and Policy Developments in the European Union. In David Phinnemore and Alex Warleigh-Lack (eds.) Reflections on European Integration: 50 Years of the Treaty of Rome. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. 74–92.
  • Naurin, Daniel. 2015. The Councils of the EU. Intergovernmental bargaining in a supranational polity. In Jeremy J. Richardson (eds.) European Union: Power and Policymaking. London: Routledge. 135-156.
  • Wessels, Wolfgang and David Schäfer. 2015. Europäischer Rat. In Werner Weidenfeld and Wolfgang Wessels (eds.) Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration. Baden-Baden: Nomos. 75-84.
  • Wessels, Wolfgang and Andreas Hofmann. 2016. Wächter des Nationalstaates oder Föderator wider Willen? Der Einfluss des Europäischen Rats auf die Entwicklung der Staatlichkeit in Europa. In Hans-Jürgen Bieling and Martin große Hüttmann (eds.) Europäische Staatlichkeit. Zwischen Krise und Integration. Wiesbaden: Springer. 113-131.


  • De Boissieu et al. 2015. National Leaders and the Making of Europe – Key Episodes in the Life of the European Council. London. 
  • Loth, Wilfried 2014. Europas Einigung. Eine unvollendete Geschichte. Frankfurt am Main: Campus.


  • Alexandrova, Petya and Arco Timmermans. 2013. National interest versus the common good: The Presidency in European Council agenda setting. In European Journal of Political Research. 52: 316-338.
  • Wallace, Helen. 2006. Overlapping competences: The Council and the European Council. In Fiona Hayes-Renshaw and Helen Wallace (eds.) The Council of Ministers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 165–185.

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