Council Checks of the Commission under the European Semester: Does Member State Power and Euroscepticism Still Matter?*

Nicole Baerg, Mark Hallerberg
2021 Journal of Common Market Studies  
The European Commission recommends evaluations of the economic plans of member states. The Council then provides final text. Previous research suggests that the Council selectively edits the Commission's recommendations. Both large member states and those with eurosceptic populations are likely to have the Council weaken what the Commission writes about them. We examine the determinants of the Council's editing of these texts after the introduction of the European Semester in the period
more » ... We also account for different varieties of euroscepticism as the literature has become more differentiated. Using metrics of textual changes based on automated and handcoding, we find little evidence of a systematic relationship between euroscepticism and textual editing. We do, however, find evidence that member state's voting power and euro status matters. Our findings suggest that eurosceptic no longer affects textual editing of such documents under the European Semester.
doi:10.1111/jcms.13268 fatcat:4ekcqrpwvfdb5l3pzmioosbcue