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Coalition of states for influence in the European Council. Brexit - a step towards decisional balance in the European Council?

Gavrilov Doina
Published Online: 2018-12-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2018-0009


The EU decision-making process is one that has changed over time with the Treaties, with the extension, modification of EU policies and the areas where the EU is acting. In addition to the above, in 2016 we have one more reason to add to the changing of the decisional process “-Brexit”- a political turnaround that stimulates new changes at the decision-making level and raises questions about the future of the European Union. Federalists claim that these events will lead to a strengthening of the Union, and euro-skeptics claim that this is a step towards breaking the Union. Two years after the Brexit started, the European Union continues to remain a prominent actor in the international arena, but another question is being raised: “Will EU institutions act on the same principles? Or will there be changes in the decision-making process?”. In this article, we will analyse the state coalitions in the decision-making process, and the role of Brexit in forming coalitions for establishing a decisional balance in the European Council. Following the analysis of the power rapport in the European Council, we refer to small and medium-sized states that work together closely to counterbalance the decisions of the big states, and the new coalitions to achieve their goals in the new political context.

Keywords: state coalitions; European Council; Brexit; decisional balance


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About the article

Received: 2017-11-08

Accepted: 2018-08-28

Published Online: 2018-12-31

Published in Print: 2018-12-01

Citation Information: Open Political Science, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 124–130, ISSN (Online) 2543-8042, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2018-0009.

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