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Petra Bard: The Sanctity of Preliminary References

“A national supreme court must not declare a request for a preliminary ruling by a lower court unlawful on the ground that the referred questions are irrelevant and unnecessary for the original case,” our Research Affiliate, Petra Bard writes in her post on Verfassungsblog.

New Report: Media Influence Matrix: United Kingdom

At the end of one year of research, our Center for Media, Data and Society published the final Media Influence Matrix: United Kingdom report, a comprehensive and timely overview of the UK media landscape.

Renata Uitz: Commission v Poland (C-204/21 R): Pulverizing the Primacy of EU Law

“As a matter of law, sovereigntist aspirations advocated by the Polish government and its allies are hardly compatible with the primacy of EU,” our Research Affiliate Renata Uitz writes in her post published by the Brexit Institute at Dublin City University.

Fernando Casal Bertoa, Zsolt Enyedi: What Explains the Destabilization of the German Party System?

“The best kept secret of the 2021 German elections is that the ruling parties were re-elected,” Zsolt Enyedi, Lead Researcher of our De-/Re-Democratization workgroup and Fernando Casal Bertoa (University of Nottingham) write on LSE’s EUROPP blog.

Andras Sajo on Hungary and Poland

While it has become common to portray Poland and Hungary “as implementing distinct forms of illiberal democracy, they share more in common with ‘western’ democracies than is commonly recognized,” our Senior Research Fellow Andras Sajo writes in his post published by LSE’s EUROPP blog.

Wolfgang Merkel: Candidates, Chancellors and Coalitions: Who Won the Elections?

“It was primarily a victory for Olaf Scholz and not for the SPD as a party,” our Senior Research Fellow, Wolfgang Merkel writes in his article published on The Progressive Post.

Marius Dragomir, Astrid Soderstrom: The State of State Media

In his new study, Marius Dragomir, Director of our Center for Media, Data and Society, introduces a new tool to assess the editorial independence of the world’s state media.

Dimitry Kochenov, Barbara Grabowska-Moroz: The EU’s Face in Lukasenka’s Mirror

“What we see is a rampant breach of the law,” Dimitry Kochenov and Barbara Grabowska-Moroz write in their post in Verfassungsblog about the inhuman treatment of Afghan hostages at the Polish-Belarusian border and the promise of EU values.

Andrea Peto: Three Readings of One Law: Reregulating Sexuality in Hungary

“‘Will to power’ is the key concept when one wants to decipher the long rule of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his policies,” our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto writes in her post for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Judit Szakacs, Eva Bognar: The Impact of Disinformation Campaigns About Migrants and Minority Groups in the EU

Our Center for Media, Data and Society’s Judit Szakacs and Eva Bognar authored a study for the European Parliament’s INGE Committee on the impact of foreign disinformation campaigns about minorities and migrants.