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Call for Proposals for Special Issues of the Journal of European Integration to be published in 2019 

Sept 28, 2017 - ECSA-C News


Deadline for Submissions:  31 October 2017

 The Journal of European Integration invites proposals for two special issues to be published in 2018. Proposals on any topic within the scope of the journal are welcome and need to be received by the journal’s editorial office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the above deadline. Anyone interested in submitting a proposal is kindly requested to consult the guidelines for prospective guest editors on the journal’s website (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/spissue/GEUI-guide.pdf) and needs to ensure that the proposal contains all the required information. The journal’s executive editors expect to take a decision within four weeks and will inform everyone who submitted a proposal of the outcome at that point. Feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the procedure or informal inquiries you may have.

 In addition, the journal’s reviews editor also welcomes at any time the submission of new proposals which should include a review theme and the body of literature to be discussed. Where needed, we facilitate the acquisition of review copies. The journal is keen to hear from potential reviewers who intend to publish objective and ethical appraisals grounded on existing scholarship. Review articles must not exceed 3,000 words in length. Please contact Johan Adriaensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) directly with any proposal submission.


The Journal of European Integration Editorial Team

Executive Editors: Thomas Christiansen (Maastricht University) and Simon Duke (EIPA) 

Associate Editors: Federica Bicchi (LSE/EUI) and Olivier Costa (SciencesPo Bordeaux/College of Europe)

Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board: Emil Kirchner (Essex University)

Reviews Editor: Johan Adriaensen (Maastricht University)

Social Media Editor: Vigjilenca Abazi (New York University)

Journal Manager: Shelly Tsui (Maastricht University)


Journal website: http://www.tandfonline.com/geui20 

JEI on Twitter: https://twitter.com/journal_ei 

JEI Impact Factor for 2016: 1.678

Merkel’s path to victory and the rise of the extreme right

Sept 21, 2017 - by Oliver Schmidtke, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

See also: CTV News Channel Interviews from Fri 22nd, 2017 and Monday 25th, 2017  http://www.ctvnews.ca/search-results/search-ctv-news-7.137?q=Oliver+Schmidtke

On Sunday, Germans will head to the polls after an election campaign that has largely been void of excitement and perceived by many simply as uninspiring. There has not been a great desire for political change in a country that mastered the economic turmoil of the past years relatively well. Most observers agree that Angela Merkel will succeed in securing a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor. The most recent surveys put the governing Christian Democrats solidly in the lead even if their numbers have slipped slightly lately. The longing for stability and continuity is the dominant sentiment in the German public overshadowing any frustration with twelve years of rule under Chancellor Merkel’s leadership.   

However, over the past year, Merkel’s had to face some challenges leading up to the showdown on Sunday. The most serious one was the political repercussions of Germany’s open-door policy towards the hundreds of thousands of refugees who came to Europe in 2015 and 2016 (in 2016 alone, over one million refugees arrived in the country). From an electoral perspective, this strategy proved highly risky for Chancellor Merkel who herself was one of the most outspoken advocates for a liberal refugee policy. In the end, this issue did not cost her as much public support as some might have feared or hoped. The second major challenge was the invigorated Social Democratic Party (SPD) who, at least at the beginning of the year, seemed to be in a position to put up a veritable fight. During these months, there was a real sense of excitement in the electoral race when the SPD candidate, former president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, gained political momentum with his social justice agenda. Yet, this excitement clearly dissipated very quickly. Pollsters put the centre-left party, which has kept a relatively low profile as the junior partner in the Grand Coalition, now at an embarrassing 20+ percent.

The open questions of Sunday’s elections relate to the smaller parties in the German Bundestag. Most importantly, how well will the anti-EU, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfP) do in the election? It is now almost certain that the AfP will be the first right-wing party to be voted into federal parliament since the end of WWII. They are predicted to score close to 12%, which would make the AfP the strongest opposition party, if the Grand Coalition between the two main parties were  continued. Finally, the other striking reason why the votes for the smaller parties will be of decisive weight is that in order to form government for the next four years, Chancellor Merkel might have the choice between 1) continuing the coalition with the SPD or 2) to opt for the re-emerging liberals (FDP) who were not represented in the last Bundestag. This second option would push Christian-Democrats towards a more neo-liberal approach and it would provide the social democrats with the opportunity to regain strength in the opposition. In the end, while the election may not be a dramatic change for Germany now, Chancellor Merkel’s coalition choice and the rise of the extreme right may prove to shift Germany’s political path decisively for the next several years.


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