The Italian budget drama – Brussels and Rome on collision course

30 October 2018

Last Tuesday 23 October, for the first time in the history of European integration, the European Commission rejected the draft budget plan (DBP) of one of its Member States. Naturally, this umpteenth brawl between Rome and Brussels should be seen in the right perspective.

Paul Dermine

Paul Dermine (1989) holds degrees in Law (2010, 2012) and Political Sciences (2012) from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the College of Europe (2013, Inbev-Baillet-Latour scholar). Between 2013 and 2015, Paul has been combining a position as Lecturer in Public Law at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and a position as Junior Associate at the Brussels Bar (Stibbe LLP). Paul also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from New York University School of Law, where he served as a Hauser Global Scholar during the academic year 2015-2016, while conducting research in EU law under the supervision of Pr Gráinne de Búrca. Since December 2016, he is an admitted member of the Brussels Bar. In September 2018, he was awarded the Diploma of the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence. Next to his academic activities, Paul is also a member of the Brussels-based think tank The Friday Group, through which he regularly publishes in the Belgian press.

Paul joined the Law Faculty in September 2016 as a PhD candidate. A member of Maastricht Center for European Law (MCEL), he carries out doctoral research on the new socio-economic governance of the European Union, under the supervision of Professors Monica Claes and Elise Muir. Between January and April 2018, he was a visiting researcher at the Hertie School of Governance, under the sponsorship of Professor Mark Dawson. In addition, Paul also co-teaches the Master course 'Law of the Economic and Monetary Union' (IER4020). He is also a member of the coordination team of MCEL.

His expertise lies in the field of European law, comparative constitutional law, state theory and fundamental rights. His recent work was published in the Common Market Law Review, the European Constitutional Law Review, the European Journal of Human Rights and European Papers.