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Figures released by the European Parliament show EU elections in 2014 attracted lowest-ever voter participation.
The Paris attacks were a ghastly media spectacular. John Keane from the University of Sydney asks: What will be the broader historical significance in Europe and further afield?
Citizen disconnect takes hold in major Western countries, according to report by international think-tank Transatlanic Academy.
David Skelton argues in The New Statesman that rule of the people has been replaced by rule of technocrats.
Hans Keman of VU University Amsterdam analyses the democratic performance and legitimacy of political parties across 20 European nations from 1990 to 2010.
Samuel Jones from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance says the EU needs tougher rules on political donations if it is to regain citizen trust.
The Asia-Europe Foundation, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and International IDEA examine how citizen movements in Europe and Asia are emerging as alternatives to major political parties.
The Guardian's Ian Traynor looks at the rising influence of corporate lobbying on the European Union.
The EU's Transparency Registry provides information on lobbyists and lobbying activities in the European Parliament and Commission.
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