RECON in the media and specialised press



Cathrine Holst comments on Majone’s keynote in Morgenbladet

Cathrine Holst discusses the European crisis based on a keynote speech held by Giandomenico Majone at RECON’s concluding conference in Oslo. He held that there are only two ways out of the crisis: deeper European integration or a downscaling to a more limited economic cooperation between sovereign nation states. Holst questions Majone’s view that the latter is a more probable outcome, and points to research findings from RECON which contradict the ‘no demos’ thesis.

Den siste europeer? [The last European?] (download pdf)
Morgenbladet, 2 December 2011

In Norwegian

Chris Lord: Op-ed in European Voice

Christopher Lord argues that a reformed monetary union must include a larger role for the European Parliament.

Democratic rebalancing needed (download pdf)
European Voice, 1 December 2011

The commentary also appeared in Norwegian economic daily Dagens Næringsliv: Reform av den europeiske pengeunionen må innebære en utvidet rolle for Europaparlamentet. Demokratisk kontroll kan ikke ivaretas av najonale parlamenter alene, skriver Lord.

Mer demokratisk kontroll [More democratic control] (download pdf)
Dagens Næringsliv, 1 December 2011

David Mayes: The crisis could last for 20 years

Interview with Prof. David Mayes (University of Auckland) in Norwegian daily Dagsavisen. Mayes claims that the underlying problem is the lack of economic growth, whichis needed in all EU member states in order to pay their debts. He argues that a stronger political union is not necessary, but a certain trust must be established that the countries in trouble will take a larger responsibility for their own finances.

Krisa kan vare i 20 år [The crisis could last for 20 years] (download pdf)
Dagsavisen, 25 November 2011

In Norwegian

David Mayes: Germany and France is to blame for the crisis

In an interview with Norwegian online economic journal, Prof. David Mayes (University of Auckland) argues that the Euro project was properly constructed, but that the big countries made two important blunders. First, the criteria that a country’s debt could not exceed 60 per cent of its GDP were not properly followed up. Second, Germany and France started to operate with budget deficits, which exceeded the limits in the stability pact from 2000, which led the European Commission to stop its work with establishing sanctioning authorities.

– Tyskland og Frankrike har skylden for krisen [Germany and France is to blame for the crisis] (download pdf), 24 November 2011

In Norwegian

RECON sums up: Europe’s democratic challenge

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre held the keynote speech at RECON’s outreach seminar ‘Europe’s democratic challenge’ in Oslo on 24 November 2011. The conference was attended by several Norwegian media, some of which reported from the event.

In a radio interview with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK before the conference, Støre praised the University of Oslo and ARENA for this research project. ‘It is great that we have such a research environment in Norway’, Støre commented, before underlining that democracy is about legitimacy; that the people recognize, understand and are willing to follow political decisions.

– Jeg vil berømme Universitetet og ARENA for å ha dette programmet. Det er veldig fint at vi har et sånt forskningsmiljø i Norge, kommenterer han. Støre mener summen av Europas demokrati, er summen av det medlemslandene får til sammen. Det blir veldig vanskelig nå når det er en økonomisk krise som rammer ulikt, og når tiltakene er for få og kommer for sent, og når demokratiet blir løpende etter markedene. – Demokratiet handler om legitimitet – at velgere og folk kjenner igjen beslutningene, forstår dem og er villig til å følge dem, fremholder Støre.

Støre deltar på konferanse [Støre attends conference on Europe’s democratic challenge]
NRK Morgennytt, 24 November 2011

– Det har blitt pisket opp for mye negative holdninger til staten de siste tiårene, advarer Jonas Gahr Støre. Han ser det som et paradoks at EU ikke har forankret demokratiet.

Støre slår et slag for sterke medlemsstater i EU [Støre calls for strong member states in the EU] (download pdf)
ABC Nyheter, 24 November 2011

Utanriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre er ikkje uroa over teknokratanes innmarsj i regjeringskontora i dei kriseramma eurolanda.

Støre ikkje skremd av teknokratstyre [Støre is not worried of technocratic rule] (download pdf)
Nationen, 25 November 2011

In Norwegian

RECON findings in

An article in relates research within the RECON project to the current situation in Europe. After a period of increased democratization, the EU has become less democratic under the present crisis, RECON’s coordinator Erik O. Eriksen claims. As part of an integrated law community, Greece would have to break its own law as well as EU law if the country were to exit the EU. This would lead to increased destabilization. is an online newspaper devoted to Norwegian and international research

EU-landene står eller faller sammen [The EU member states will fall or survive together], Nina Kraft, 20 November 2011

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In Norwegian

Eriksen: Opinon in EUobserver

– The eurozone crisis is yet again a painful reminder of how challenging it is to reconcile democracy and capitalism when the political institutions are lacking. It is now the self-appointed troika – the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank – that decides the Greeks’ future living conditions, Prof. Erik O. Eriksen argues in this op-ed in EUobserver.

EUobserver is the largest online daily news site covering EU politics.

Democracy at a discount (download pdf)
EUobserver, 18 November 2011

This article was also published in in the Greek daily newspaper Eleftherotypia.

Η δημοκρατία σε έκπτωση
Eleftherotypia, 13 November 2011

In greek

Erik O. Eriksen comments on the Euro crisis in Norwegian media

Prof. Erik O. Eriksen, RECON’s scientific coordinator, has commented on the Euro crisis in several Norwegian media in the latest months.

Eriksen is interviewed by leftist daily Klassekampen on the possible exit from the Eurozone of weaker economies such as Greece and Italy. Strong forces work to get rid of the ‘rotten economies’, Eriksen says, underlining however that this would have negative political repercussions.

Euro-exit på ryktebørsen [Rumoured Euro exit] (download pdf), Klassekampen, 11 November 2011

Eriksen reflects on the Euro crisis, which testifies to the difficulties with unifying democracy and capitalism when political institutions are lacking.

Demokrati på billigsalg [Bargain price for democracy], Erik O. Eriksen’s blog, 7 November 2011 

The EU is not a democracy, Eriksen states in an interview with leftist daily Klassekampen. The member states have transferred sovereignty to the EU through their constitutions, and the EU is in reality a community of force. He agrees with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs that the Union needs more power.

– Må ha mindre sjølvstyre [Needs less self-rule] (download pdf), Klassekampen, 5 November 2011

Commentary by Eriksen in Norway’s largest business paper Dagens Næringsliv, where he calls for sacrifices and solidarity in order to overcome the current crisis.

Sannhetens øyeblikk for Europa [The moment of truth for Europe], Dagens Næringsliv, 5 November 2011

According to Eriksen, in an interview with tabloid paper VG, the Germans should realize that supporting Greece will benefit themselves and that few have earned more through the Eurozone project than the Germans.

Europa lei av gresk vingling [Europe tired of Greek discontent] (download pdf), VG, 3 November 2011 

Eriksen in an interview with tabloid newspaper Dagbladet warns that the EU needs to find internal solutions as the alternative could be a return to the 1930s, with nation states fighting each other and reappearance of fascism.

Satt under administrasjon [Greece under administration] (download pdf), Dagbladet, 28 October 2011

In an interview with online economic journal Eriksen claims that the crisis could force through the ‘United States of Europe’. The EU does not possess the tools to solve the debt crisis, thus the EU will be forced to take a long leap towards further integration, Eriksen argues.

Krisen kan tvinge frem ‘Europas forente stater’ (download pdf),, 25 October 2011

Eriksen participated at a breakfast meeting (‘Frokost med Bernt’) at the University of Oslo on 29 September 2011. The debate on the anatomy of the Euro crisis was broadcasted by the University of Oslo student radio, Radio Nova, and commented upon in Nationen.

EU-ekspert: – Eurokrisa fører til eit tettare EU [EU expert: – The Euro crisis will lead to a more integrated EU] (download pdf), Nationen, 29 September 2011

Eurokrisens anatomi, Radio Nova, 4 October 2011

For each crisis the EU experiences, many Norwegians believe that it will dissolve, Eriksen comments in Nationen, however research testifies to the opposite; crises lead to deeper European integration.

Ny vår for føderalismen [A new spring for federalism] (download pdf), Nationen, 13 September 2011

Press commentaries on ‘The European Rescue of the European Union’

Two Spanish newspapers commented on the RECON workshop The European Rescue of the European Union: The Socio-Economic Malaise of Integration, which was organised by Agustín José Menéndez (ULEON) in León in September 2011.

¿De la crisis financiera a la crisis constitucional? [From financial crisis to constitutional crisis?] (download pdf)
El Mundo, 9 September 2011

La crisis económica ha evolucionado hasta llegar a una crisis constitucional [The economic crisis has developed into a constitutional crisis] (download pdf)
Diario de León, 10 September 2011

In Spanish

Comment on the Euro crisis in Financial Times

Waltraud Schelkle’s editorial in IntereconomicsThe Euro area after another crisis summit: ignore the elephant in the room at your peril‘ is mentioned in an article of the Financial Times, where Tony Barber asks if the effect of the Euro crisis will be that eurozone nations choose to go down the road of further fiscal integration.

Europe: Four steps to fiscal union, Tony Barber (download pdf)
Financial Times, 11 August 2011

See also the letter from Waltraud Schelkle to the Financial Times, clarifying her point of view on the relationship between national democracies and the Euro.

Democracies may turn on the euro, Waltraud Schelkle (download pdf)
Financial Times, 16 August 2011

European Stories in public debate

Simen Ekern, Brussels correspondent for Norwegian Dagbladet, comments on the book European Stories (eds Lacroix/Nicolaïdis), which was presented at a Spinelli Debate in the European Parliament on 15 June 2011.

‘Delprosjektet som ble debattert denne uka handler om europeiske intellektuelle – hva de snakker om når de snakker om Europa. […] Boka er et overraskende krasjkurs i hva Europa er og kan være. Den inkluderer til og med et velskrevet kapittel om Norge – trukket fram av én paneldeltaker som kilde til de største overraskelsene.’

Kriselitteratur, Simen Ekern (download pdf)
Dagbladet, 19 June 2011 

In Norwegian

European democracy investigated

RECON’s findings and the outreach conference ‘Where is European democracy heading?’, which was held in Brussels on 19 May 2011, is presented in the weekly newsletter of the Mission of Norway to the EU. Read more on RECON’s findings.

‘Under tittelen ”Hvor går europeisk demokrati?” presenterte forskere forutsetninger for demokrati i EU og innspill til hvordan europeisk demokrati kan styrkes. Konferansen, som ble holdt i Brussel 19. mai, er en del av forskningsprosjektet Reconstituting Democracy in Europe (RECON) som ledes av ARENA – Senter for europaforskning ved Universitetet i Oslo.’

Europeisk demokrati under lupen [European democracy closely examined] (download pdf)
Nyhetsartikkel EU-delegasjonen, 24 May 2011

In Norwegian

‘The EU is not democratic’

Norwegian online newspaper ABC Nyheter comments on RECON’s findings and the outreach conference ‘Where is European democracy heading?’, which was held in Brussels on 19 May 2011. Read more on RECON’s findings.

‘EU satte norske Arena til å utrede demokratiet i Unionen. Fem år og 120 forskere senere er dommen klar.’

Storstilt forskningsprosjekt: – EU er ikke demokratisk [Large-scale research project: – The EU is not democratic] (download pdf)
ABC Nyheter, 20 May 2011

In Norwegian

Op-ed by Eriksen on revolutions and democracy

‘Revolusjon: Hva er det som gjør demokratiet så attraktivt at borgere ofrer liv og lemmer for å kjempe det frem?’

Et løfte om likeverd [A promise of equality], Erik O. Eriksen
Dagbladet, 14 March 2011

In Norwegian

Large-scale European research project led by the University of Oslo 

Article on RECON in the weekly newsletter of the Mission of Norway to the EU.

‘What are the possibilities for democracy in Europe? ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo is in charge of a large-scale research project, which main aim is to examine the opportunities for democracy in Europe.’

Forsker på demokrati i Europa med EU-midler [Investigating democracy in Europe with EU funds] (download pdf)
Nyhetsartikkel EU-delegasjonen, 25 January 2011

Large-scale European research project led by the University of Oslo (download pdf)
News article translated to English, 10 February 2011

In English and Norwegian 

The EU – an unprecedented hybrid

Article on RECON in Apollon, a research magazine at the University of Oslo (1/2011).

‘I Europa vokser det nå fram et politisk system verden aldri har sett maken til. Fra Universitetet i Oslo ledes et internasjonalt prosjekt som kan fortelle oss hva EU kommer til å bli.’

EU – en hybrid uten forbilde [The EU – an unprecedented hybrid] (download pdf)
Apollon, 17 January 2011

In Norwegian 

Op-ed by Eriksen on a social Europe

‘Å demontere EU ville føre til endringer i Europa av nesten revolusjonære proporsjoner.’

Et sosialt Europa? [A social Europe?], Erik O. Eriksen
Dagsavisen, 30 July 2010

In Norwegian 

Op-ed by Eriksen on the economic crisis

‘Flere av landene i Eurosonen er i dyp økonomisk krise. Men hva betyr pengekrisen for EUs videre fremtid?’

Trenger sterkere EU-styring [A need for stronger EU control], Erik O. Eriksen
Bergens Tidende, 29 June 2010

In Norwegian

Identity not acquired by birth – RECON in Polish media

Interview with Paweł Kubicki and Marcin Galent in Gazeta Krakowska, the largest regional daily newspaper in Kraków, Poland.

‘Nowych mieszczan nie należy mylić jednak z yuppie, czyli młodymi miejskimi profesjonalistami, którzy czas wolny spędzają w kawiarni lub na używaniu życia. Nowi mieszczanie angażują się w działalność na rzecz miasta, często niesformalizowaną – mówią Marcin Galent i Paweł Kubicki.’

Tożsamości nie nabywa się poprzez urodzenie w mieście [Identity is not acquired through birth in a city] (download pdf)
Gazeta Krakowska, 26 March 2011

In Polish

Cathrine Holst on feminism and gender equality

Interview with Cathrine Holst (ARENA) in Apollon, a research magazine at the University of Oslo, where she also talks about her research at ARENA and the EU’s progressive role in promoting gender equality.

Mild og modig [Gentle and brave] (download pdf)
Apollon, 12 November 2009

In Norwegian

A new urban middle class is developing – RECON in Polish media

Interview with Paweł Kubicki in Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s second largest daily newspaper. 

‘W Polsce po raz pierwszy w historii powstaje silne, otwarte na świat mieszczaństwo – mówi Paweł Kubicki z Instytutu Europeistyki Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego.’

Nadchodzą nowi mieszczanie [A new urban middle class is developing] (download pdf)
Gazeta Wyborcza, 22 September 2009

The RECON team at the Jagiellonian University Krakow has experienced a great interest for their research on the changing identity of the so-called ‘new urban middle class’ (‘nowe mieszczanstwo’) in Poland. Paweł Kubicki and Marcin Galent have studied the young urban population in Kraków and Wrocław. Their research reveals that European identification could enforce local identification and is part of JUK’s studies within RECON’s WP 8 on constructing and reconstructing collective identity including qualitative analyses of collective identity formation in Poland. 

The research and its major findings have attracted attention not only from academia, but also from the Polish newspapers Gazeta Krakow, Gazeta Wyborcza and Gazeta Wroclawska, as well as the radio station Polskie Radio Wroclaw and Internet fora. Read more about the project here:

In Polish

Press commentaries: Seminar on ‘when the citizens say “no”‘

Two Spanish newspapers commented on the seminar Cuando los ciudadanos dicen “no”, which was held in León on 17 September 2008. Read more.

Y por fin somos europeos?, A debate en la ULE [And finally we are Europeans? Debated at the ULE] (download pdf)
La Cronica de León, 18 September 2008

La ULE investiga la Comunicación [The ULE investigates communication] (download pdf)
Diario de León, 18 September 2008

In Spanish

RECON presented in EU Fókusz

Maria Heller, Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, presents RECON in the March-edition of EU Fókusz, a newsletter from the European Union Grants and Innovation Centre.

EU Fókusz, March 2008 (p. 27) (download pdf)

In Hungarian

Intellectuals in search of a European narrative

Columnist Thomas Ferenczi comments on the RECON workshop European Stories – the intellectual debates on Europe in national contexts, which was organised by Justine Lacroix (ULB) in Brussels late May.

‘Les intellectuels ont été peu nombreux à s’intéresserà la construction européenne au moment où celle-ci a pris naissance, aumilieu du XXe siècle, sous l’impulsion de Jean Monnet et de RobertSchuman. Beaucoup d’entre eux s’étaient montrés favorables, au lendemainde la seconde guerre mondiale, à l’unification du Vieux Continent maisils sont restés ensuite largement à l’écart de l’entreprisecommunautaire, les uns parce qu’ils la jugeaient trop technocratique,les autres, notamment en France, parce qu’ils la tenaient pourproaméricaine et antisoviétique. Cet éloignement a duré plusieursdécennies mais depuis quelque temps la situation semble avoir changé.’

Des intellectuels à la recherche d’un “récit” européen [Intellectuals searching for a European “recipe”] (download pdf)
Le Monde, 5 June 2008

In French

Op-ed in Dagbladet

Demokratiet som forsvant, Erik O. Eriksen 
Dagbladet, 11 February 2008


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Op-ed in Bergens Tidende

Kan Slovenia redde Vest-Balkan?, Erik Ryen
Bergens Tidende, 14 January 2008 


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Op-ed in Bergens Tidende

Folkeavstemning eller ikke?, Erik Ryen
Bergens Tidende, 15 November 2007 


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Op-ed in Nationen

Traktat eller grunnlov?, Erik Oddvar Eriksen
Nationen, 19 October 2007


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Op-ed in Aftenposten

Europas “lille røde”, Erik Oddvar Eriksen
Aftenposten, 18 October 2007 


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RECON to solve the puzzle of democracy

RECON is presented in Morgenbladet, Norwegian weekly newspaper.  

‘Hvordan går det med demokratiet i et stadig mer integrert Europa? Spørsmålet skal besvares av en gruppe ledet av osloforskere.’

De skal løse demokratigåten (pdf)
Morgenbladet, 26 January 2007


Presentation at the German Embassy Oslo

The German Embassy in Oslo presents RECON in German and Norwegian on their website. The text is written by Wolfgang Wagner (PRIF).

RECON – ein internationales Projekt über Demokratie in der EU

RECON – internasjonalt forskningsprosjekt om demokrati i EU


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Op-ed in Dagbladet

Er demokrati mulig i dag?, Erik O. Eriksen,
Dagbladet, 26 January 2007


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Presentation of RECON in Vox Publica 

Er demokrati mulig i dag?, Erik O. Eriksen, Vox Publica, 25 January 2007 

Vox Publica is an electronic journal on democracy and the freedom of speech, issued by the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway.


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Presentation of RECON in UACES Newsletter

Reconstituting Democracy in Europe, Erik O. Eriksen, UACES News, June 2006

The UACES Newsletter is issued by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). The association is committed to exchanging ideas on Europe, and brings together academics involved in researching and teaching on Europe with practitioners active in European affairs.


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