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Is ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ still a Priority for the EU?

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Saving the lives of refugees and other migrants has been reiterated as a number one priority within the European Agenda on Migration. This document puts ‘saving lives at sea’ above fighting migrant smuggling, relocation and resettlement, stating that ‘Europe cannot stand by whilst lives are being lost.’ 

By Lina Vosyliūtė

Time Is Running out for Hungarian Democracy

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After the general election in April 2018 Hungary is drifting further away from the European values towards becoming a Eurosceptic and populist Russia-friendly illiberal undemocratic state. An inside into the countrie's stading and the role of the EU.

By Milena Horvath

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Le Mali, cinq ans après le début de l'intervention: Une grande présence militaire moins de sécurité

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Le Mali était un pays classique de grands récits, des mythes du Moyen Âge au socialisme africain de la jeune république en passant par le panafricanisme des pères et des mères de l'indépendance. Le Mali est aujourd'hui dépourvu de tout récit. Cinq années d'intervention militaire internationale n'ont apporté aucune sécurité à la population malienne. Les zones d'insécurité ne cessent de s'étendre à l'intérieur du pays.

Europe in Suspense: The German Coalition Thriller Continues

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The grand coalition which had governed Germany for four years suffered serious losses in the parliamentary election of 24 September 2017. Finally, almost five long months later, the outcome is a new grand coalition between CDU and SPD. While for Germany a new edition of the grand coalition might mean more of the same and could lead to more frustration among the voters and a growth of right-wing populism, what does it mean for a European Union ? 

All Circus, No Bread

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Populism seems the new power of modern democracies. It is tricky to define and argue against it since it takes profit from democratic structures but at the same time is its fierce enemy. How to define populism? What are causes and possible solutions? How to act against it?

Heading South - Rethinking the Eurozone

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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. 

European Union

Eurozone Reform Proposals: Not Quite the Way Forward!

Since the financial crisis erupted in 2008 the need for a Eurozone reform became obvious. The article discusses the creation of a European Monetary Fund (EMF) or the deepening of the Banking Union as possible solutions.

By Ricardo Cabral, Viriato Soromenho-Marques

External Relations

The End of the Concept of ‘the West’?

The West is more and more devided and global strategic interests are diverging. The impact of the US President on views and transatlantic trust is significant. Protectionism and populism undermine Western relations. 

By Vessela Tcherneva
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European Integration

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Democracy

EU in Syria: biggest payer of aid but no key-player

EU is the biggest donor of humanitarian aid to Syria and wants to play a key role in the country’s post-war future and reconstruction once the war is over. The Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has regained control of 80 % of the country and continues to bomb rebel positions in Idlib in the northwest and Damascus suburbs.

Political Parties & Participation

Still a Long Breath Needed Towards a Democratic Country

The first parliamentary elections in Armenia after the referendum revealed themselves to be well-administered and respectful of fundamental freedoms. But problems such as vote-buying and interference in the process remain

 

By Rebecca Wagner
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Human Rights & Gender

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Climate & Energy

Sowing the seeds of an equitable world

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

European Energy Transition

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Climate & Sustainable Development

The Fiji UN Climate Summit 2017, COP23: what is at stake in Bonn?

The UN climate summit COP 23 will convene from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of the government of Fiji. This article provides an overview of key issues at stake and a summary of our expectations for the COP 23.

By Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek, Don Lehr
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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

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?