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Turkey’s new presidential system: what implications for EU-Turkey relations? [1]

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In June 2018, the transformation of the political system from a parliamentary to a presidential one has become effective. The Turkish Parliament has been weakened and the political hierarchy with the President as the highest standing has been further strenghtened. But suspending accession talks would also suspend European support for more democracy.

By Laura Batalla, Charlotte Joppien

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

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

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

How Do We Choose between the Market and the Nation?

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A mortal division breaks through Brexit but is also an inherent problem of the European project. The duopoly between the market and the nation and which one to value most calls for a model for an alternative and different Europe. Europeans need rather more then less Europe.  

By James Bartholomeusz

Can Brexit Be Prevented?

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The HMS Britannia is sinking. Scrambling attempts to soften the impact of EU withdrawal have the air of rearranging deckchairs when the iceberg has already hit.

By James Bartholomeusz

What's the Matter with Poland?

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In the name of effectiveness, democracy and reforms, the Polish government pushes with radical measures to take control over the juidiciary power and slowly loses popular support. 

By Łukasz Pawłowski

Citizens' rights post-Brexit – the State of Play

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Negotiations around Brexit are ongoing and many topics remain foggy. Three key issues still have to be solved such as ‘the divorce bill’ – the financial settling of accounts on the part of the British Government, the question regarding the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as the rights of EU citizens post-Brexit.

By Jean Lambert

No Greens no Love?

The outcome of the legislative elections in Austria will have repercussions on different levels. A look both into the national and European level unveils what is at stake for LGBTI rights.

By Alast Najafi, David Scharpf

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation - The aim of the workshop and programme

From October 9 – 13, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union organised a capacity building for the post-Brexit generation under the motto “Why we’re stuck and how we want to get out of this”. 15 young Europeans discussed different aspects of the current challenges the EU is facing and developped concrete strategies for possible solutions. The diversity of the group not only lay in the wide geographical range of the participant’s home countries but also in their professional background: university students, PhD-candidates, researchers, activists and politicians as well as young people working in the fields of public administration, economics and international relations

By Pia Schupp

The Catalan Independence Conundrum

The Catalan government is determined to go through with its plans to hold an independence referendum. With the country on the verge of a constitutional crisis, a negotiated solution becomes crucial

By Sonia Andolz-Rodríguez

Hostile takeover: How Orbán is subjugating the media in Hungary

Viktor Orbán and his closest allies have taken control of most of the Hungarian media. Journalists at loyal outlets are expected to closely follow instructions from the state apparatus; in exchange, they receive advertising money from government institutions.

By Krisztian Simon, Tibor Rácz

The Clash of Realities Behind the CEU Affair

Thousands of people are protesting against the close down of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. A political battle about “foreign influences” and pro or anti EU, US or Russia sentiments.

By Kata Szabó

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