About John McCormick

John McCormick

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University in the United States.

About This Site

This is a site designed to encourage discussion about the benefits and advantages of the European Union, and to help students using my textbooks on the EU.


Why is the EU debate so angry?

Not long ago, I was searching for a used copy of a particular book on eBay and happened across a seller who had one available. Clicking on the site for more details, I found that the seller – who lived on the English-Welsh border – was using eBay to share some deeply eurosceptic views.

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Three of the most persistent myths about the European Union

As the European Parliament elections approach, it is worth pointing out some of the myths that continue to surround the debate about the EU. The cases are taken from the UK, but apply equally throughout the EU.


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The role of academics in the debate about Europe

See text of my speech to Jean Monnet conference in Brussels, November 2013, on the role of academics in the debate about Europe, at http://ec.europa.eu/education/events/2013/confjm/mccormik_en.pdf

Let’s hear it from the pro-Europeans

In the ongoing debate over the pros and cons of the European Union, it has become far easier to learn what is wrong with it than what is right with it. Eurosceptic parties and their leaders have made themselves well known, and the eurosceptic media make their case loudly and incessantly.

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Ten reasons why the European Union is a good idea

We have heard a lot of late about the problems of the European Union – so much so that the moderate and supportive voices are being drowned out in a cacophony of negativism. The EU is imperfect, to be sure, but so is every large institution or network of institutions. The achievements of the EU Continue reading..