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A changing European Parliament

Comment

The European Parliament has become more pluralist and more diverse, which may mean opportunities for its future work. As part of a broader pro-European alliance the Greens will unquestionably play an important role in the newly elected Parliament.

By Eva van de Rakt

How GDPR Is Driving the US Privacy Legislation Debate

Article

While US companies might dominate the tech industry, the European Union is leading the way on digital rights. By regulating a key part of the global market, the EU has put data protection on the agenda around the world. In the United States, reeling from the realisation that the control of data affords Big Tech enormous economic and political power, politicians from both sides are now calling for reform.

By Sabine Muscat

Focused on the Far Right

Background

In the run-up to the European elections, US President Donald Trump shows where his sympathies lie.

By Dominik Tolksdorf

Discredited and divided: UK elections in the age of Brexit

Article

The ballot sheets being printed ahead of the polling day for the European elections on 26th May shows that Britain’s next delegation of 71 MEPs is likely to be a wild jumble of representatives from different parties.

By James Bartholomeusz

European election campaign in Poland: test run for autumn general elections

Backgrounder

The figures speak for themselves: 15 years after joining the European community, 91 percent of Poles support EU membership, with only five percent against. According to 78 percent of those surveyed, the consequences are overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, 56 percent feel they are Europeans, an increase of around 13 percent compared to 2014.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Europe: The Next Act

Interview

Through the dramas of recent years, this interview with the Dutch historian carries us from the EU’s postwar foundation to the year 2049, sketching out what the return of European politics could mean for the decades to come.

By Laurent Standaert, Luuk van Middelaar

The Ukrainian Presidential Elections in Times of Distrust

Article

After the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections we asked three authors to analyse the outcomes from different perspectives. Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Hanna Shelest and Sergej Sumlenny have a close look at the general outcomes, foreign and security policy related issues as well as sociological aspects. 

By Sergej Sumlenny, Hanna Shelest, Yevhen Hlibovytsky

What’s in for the Greens in the 2019 European elections?

Blog

It is less than 100 days until the European elections kicks off in the first EU member state: the Netherlands will be heading to the polls on Thursday, 23 May, with the remaining countries to follow until Sunday, 26 May. After this, we will know how the 450 million eligible EU voters have decided (not) to vote.

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke

Staring into the Brexit void

Blog

The question keeps returning: What's next with Brexit? If the UK would like to opt for an Art. 50 extension, it will first have to ask the European Council where all 27 Member States would have to agree unanimously. The British Government undertook and takes a long walk from fantasy to reality...

By Jean Lambert

Media Capture Central European Style

With foreign owners leaving the market, Central European oligarchs are buying whatever they can get their hands on. The region is an object lesson in how vested interests can create a quasi-media monopoly on information.

By Krisztian Simon

How to Prevent the Chaos of Disintegration

Blog

What if... the Eurozone became a real transfer union to reduce economic inequality and increasing social unrest between and within Member States? Read our last post on the Reconnecting Europe blog and find more topics that shaped the EU in 2018.

By Ricardo Cabral, Viriato Soromenho-Marques

The European Union and the Western Balkans: Bad Plans and Unfulfilled Promises

Article

Generally, the reconciliation processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in most other Balkan countries seem to retrograde. Economic and political situations are still unstable and a brutal plunder of state and social property left devastating consequences. The EU's interference in the region doesn't help stabilising the 'black mosaic'.

By Zlatko Dizdarević

Striving for Gender Equality

Blog

In the early days of his mandate Erdoğan presented himself as one of the main defenders of women’s rights. However, after 2010 the government focused predominantly on religious themes and defined gender roles more and more traditionally and restrictive. According to surveys, nearly 50% of all Turkish women have experienced domestic violence and the political climate is increasingly discriminating against women.

By Charlotte Joppien

Democracy is out of order: CEU forced to leave Hungary

Analysis

The Central European University (CEU) announced that it is forced to launch all degree programs in a new location in Vienna in September 2019. The Hungarian Government has made it impossible for the university to ensure its operations in Budapest on the long run.

By Gabi Gőbl

Borders Are back: Is this the End of the United Kingdom?

Blog

Every European country has its semi-fictional national story, typically manufactured sometime in the 19th Century by a group of romantic intellectuals. Britain has been used to devastating effect in recent years to splinter off from the rest of the EU.

By James Bartholomeusz

Europe Must Do More for Media and Democracy

Background

While the European Commission is supporting restrictive measures to tackle the spread of false news online, independent and critical media are being left to survive on their own in the face of hostility.

By Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach

Does Europe Need a Political Disruption ?

Article

New transnational movements like Volt Europa can bring much-needed disruption to a system of old nation-state politics. It is not too late to turn things around for this continent.

By Daniel Matteo

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