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The Wrong Man in the Wrong Place

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Hungary’s dubious candidacy for the neighbourhood and enlargement policy portfolio: After the rejection of László Trócsányi, the country’s acting ambassador to the EU, Olivér Várhelyi, was soon afterwards nominated by Viktor Orbán to the position. There are major questions hanging over his nomination

By Benedek Jávor

British MPs fight back against the Brexiteer coup

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Having been elected as prime minister with a mandate from considerably less than 1% of the adult British population - the 180,000 members of the Conservative Party - Boris Johnson is attempting to remove the primary check on his power by breaking up the UK Parliament.

By James Bartholomeusz

The European elections 2019: Learning from mistakes made

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The appointment of Ursula von der Leyen as the new President of the European Commission comes as a setback regarding all attempts to strengthen the European Parliament through the lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidaten, principle. The European Parliament must now try to push forward the process of its own legal strengthening and for transnational lists.

By Dr. Christine Pütz, Eva van de Rakt

Smart cars, transparent citizens?

More safety, less congestion: Artificial intelligence could revolutionize our mobility. But networking vehicles and infrastructure poses new challenges for IT security and data protection.

By Sabine Muscat, Zora Siebert

The Green Wave: A tsunami or just a storm in a teacup?

Analysis

The final overall outcome of the European elections in May 2019 was more than 70 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the Greens/EFA group. Europe Elects has crunched the numbers for this article and found that Greens/EFA skyrocketed from around 7,5% in 2014 to 11.7%.

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke

A Guide to the US Democratic Primaries

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The world is watching as the United States prepares for its next election marathon. Many Europeans want to know where the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on issues from climate change or migration to regulating Big Tech. But where to start with more than 20 candidates? We try to cut a path through the US Democratic primary jungle.

By Hannah Winnick, Sabine Muscat

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

Tough Questions: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi visiting Czech Republic and Hungary

Report

Myanmar’s State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting the Czech Republic and Hungary – her first visit to Europe since the mass expulsion of the Rohingya. This could be a first step to reopen dialogue between Myanmar and the West – but tough questions need to be posed about her handling of the Rohingya question and other human rights concerns.

By Axel Harneit-Sivers

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

Anti-feminism is making right-wing stances socially acceptable

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Anti-feminism as well as anti-gender rhetoric are playing a central role in the “centering” of right-wing ideologies. They are making right-wing mindsets acceptable in mainstream society and enabling parts of society to shift to the right without appearing right-wing. 

By Franziska Schutzbach

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

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