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Positive outlook for the future of European Union decision-making: Interview with GESS Alumna Heike Klüver

The German weekly „ZEIT-Magazin“ from November 9, 2017 published an article about the quality of democratic decision-making procedures in Germany and the European Union regarding an ever growing influence from lobby groups such as the car industry. While some members of the European Parliament expressed concerns about industry lobby groups’ rise, Heike Klüver, professor for political science at Humboldt University Berlin and GESS Alumna, draws a more positive conclusion from her research about their influence in comparison to environmental organizations’ work in Brussels. She studied 56 different decision-making procedures in the European Parliament on environmental legislation. In the article, Professor Klüver highlights that her findings suggest that NGOs are as good as industry lobby groups in pushing forward their agenda on the European level.