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Out of Focus: the EU’s Relations with the Western Balkans

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The EU has lost a great deal of its standing and influence in the Western Balkans. Domestic political elites consolidate their power through ever-tightening control over civic space. Why do millions of euros in governance and civil society assistance have failed to support robust democracies? 

By Toby Vogel

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World Bank investments in Palm Oil may undermine EU decisions

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Policy Brief

The rapid development of Indonesia’s palm oil industry, particularly over the last four decades, which to some extent has been ‘development at all costs’, has generated significant revenues but has caused simultaneously massive environmental degradation. Human rights violations in palm oil plantations are also widely documented.

Radical Realism for Climate Justice

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Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial is feasible. This publication is a civil society response to the challenge of limiting global warming to 1.5°C while also paving the way for climate justice.

Not a silver bullet

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Study

Why the focus on insurance to address loss and damage is a distraction from real solutions.

Annual Report 2017

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Annual Report
Great events - formative events - successful partners: An interesting review of a special year. 

Heading South - Rethinking the Eurozone

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Study

How to redesign the Eurozone in order to enhance its chances of survival?  There are many alternatives that can and should be considered. A contribution on how to change the European Union's economic policy. 

The Road from Paris to Sustainable Development - Effectively Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality into Climate Actions of EU Institutions

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Linking human rights and a gender-responsive approach to climate actions, can avoid harmful unintended consequences and maximize social benefits of programmes and projects. This interim report provides a general assessment of how to effectively integrate human rights and gender equality as well as the broader SDG agenda into EU climate actions.

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Reconnecting Europe

Our blog deals with the main challenges the European Union faces in 2018 and provides posts by a range of high profile authors and young talents with different professional and national backgrounds.

New Dossiers

The Role of the European Union in Its Neighbourhood and in the World

The EU has to (re)define what role it wants to play in a global context and in its neighbourhood. In this web dossier, we will focus on three topics: the Western Balkans enlargement strategy; the conflicts in the Middle East (Jerusalem, Syria), the refugee crisis and the transatlantic tug-of-war. 

Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon

The fifth edition of “Feminicide: A global phenomenon” covers topics such as feminicide in different countries, the recent call of the UN-Rapporteur and the absolute criminalization of abortion

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. But what does the young generation make of all this, in what kind of Europe do they want to live and how do they want to achieve it? 

European Union

Searching for Asylum in the Mediterranean

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The need to balance humanitarian responses and legal obligations while ‘ending’ irregular migratory journeys has overwhelmed the EU for the past three years. A patchwork of policies emerged as a response to the ‘refugee crisis’ of 2015. Who undertakes the responsibility for search and rescue, disembarkation and asylum processing?

By Angeliki Dimitriadi

External Relations

Crimea: the Bad Conscience of Russia

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Violation of human rights, deportation and colonization of the Crimean population and territory by Russia has a long history. ‘The Soviet period was a real nightmare for the Crimea Tatars’, and still is today. Four years after the annexation of Crimea by Russia, European political leaders continue to sidestep the issue of Crimea. 

By Adam Balcer
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European Integration

When Will the Time Be Ripe for a European Legal Migration Policy?

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The migration question has only been addressed with short-term answers in response to a situation perceived as urgency and ‘problem’. But could a legal migration not rather be part of the solution and contribute to develop a real vision of a diverse society? 

By Annalisa Buscaini
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Democracy

Thousands of refugees in difficult conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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More than 8,000 people have crossed the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina since the beginning of the year, the number is increasing each day. Only a few hundred of those who are registered are decent accommodations, others live on the streets, in provisional camps. Those happier among them found accommodation with the local population or in hostels and hotels.

By Nidžara Ahmetašević

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European Energy Transition

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International Climate Cooperation

Sowing the seeds of an equitable world

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The reclamation of seed as a common good has begun. Following the concept of open source, new approaches evolve that result in the cultivation of a large number of species and varieties.

By Barbara Unmüßig
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Are Things Getting Better in the Eurozone?

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Event Report

The Come-Back of Portugal; Greece’s Attempt to Stand on its own Feet again; Macron’s Reform Proposals and Germany’s Lukewarm ResponseThe Come-Back of Portugal; Greece’s Attempt to Stand on its own Feet again; Macron’s Reform Proposals and Germany’s Lukewarm Response

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