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The Cyprus Issue and the Joint Declaration

May 3rd, 2014 | By Markella Toumaniou
The Cyprus Issue and the Joint Declaration

On Feb­ru­ary 11th, 2014, a joint declar­a­tion was drawn by Nikos Ana­stas­i­ades (Pres­id­ent of the Repub­lic of Cyprus) and Dervis Ero­glou (leader of the Turk­ish com­munity), the two lead­ers of Cyprus. It inaug­ur­ated a new round of nego­ti­ations to resolve the Cyprus issue. This declar­a­tion is a pre­lim­in­ary agree­ment which reg­u­lates the frame­work of the [...]



Bulgaria

Apr 24th, 2014 | By Project for Democratic Union
Bulgaria

Once a major European power com­pet­ing for regional suprem­acy against the Byz­antine Empire, nowadays Bul­garia struggles to find its place in the European com­munity. These days, the European media has is con­tent with qual­i­fy­ing Bul­garia solely as the “poorest mem­ber state of the EU”. Inev­it­ably, this kind of mostly neg­at­ive media cov­er­age leads to a [...]



Youth’ Hopes in the Balkans: The Case of Macedonia

Apr 21st, 2014 | By Marija Djakova

“We must become the change we want to see” – Mahatma Gandhi. The year 1989 brought about a series of mem­or­able changes that reshaped the world as it was known until then. The his­tor­ical and polit­ical shifts that took place that year announced global changes that would alter the way entire coun­tries func­tioned. An important [...]



We need to talk about the Left: motion vs action

Apr 17th, 2014 | By Rodrigo Vaz
We need to talk about the Left: motion vs action

For every pro­gress­ive liv­ing in the EU it has been, for a long time now, embar­rass­ing to wit­ness the lack of resolve by the social demo­cratic parties on the con­tin­ent – espe­cially since the start of the 2008 crisis, which ini­tially seemed to be the per­fect oppor­tun­ity for the left to take the stage with [...]



Candidates to the Commission’s Presidency.

Apr 16th, 2014 | By Yana Prokofyeva
Candidates to the Commission’s Presidency.

Con­trary to most coun­tries of the world which were quite suc­cess­ful in tack­ling the global eco­nomic crisis of 2008, the chal­lenge proved to be more tougher for the European Union. A fin­an­cial crisis fol­lowed the eco­nomic one. Today, almost 6 years since the begin­ning of the reces­sion, eco­nomic recov­ery is still very week (in 2013 [...]



The Hungarian Controversy

Apr 11th, 2014 | By Timea Viragh
The Hungarian Controversy

Nowadays, many people in Hun­gary are against the European Union. While in 2004, when Hun­gary joined the EU, 45% of its pop­u­la­tion thought that EU mem­ber­ship would be bene­fi­cial for the coun­try, in 2013 only 32% thinks the same. There are many reas­ons for this decline. First, people have the tend­ency to unreal­ist­ic­ally believe that when [...]



Belgium

Apr 10th, 2014 | By Project for Democratic Union
Belgium

As a found­ing mem­ber and with Brus­sels as the de-facto cap­ital of the European Union, Bel­gium has always pushed for a closer Europe. Belgium’s cap­ital, Brus­sels, is con­sidered to be the de facto cap­ital of the Union while being the host to the EU Com­mis­sion, Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, European Coun­cil and some meet­ings of the [...]



The Ukraine crisis and European energy security

Apr 7th, 2014 | By Mieke Molthof
The Ukraine crisis and European energy security

Russia’s annex­a­tion of Crimea has instig­ated a vig­or­ous debate in the EU the best way to reduce Europe’s reli­ance on Rus­sian gas. Russia’s actions in Ukraine have raised fear for dis­rup­tions in gas sup­plies to the EU. Rus­sia is seen as hav­ing engaged in pipeline polit­ics (i.e. turn­ing off the taps for geo­pol­it­ical lever­age) during [...]



Country profile: United Kingdom

Mar 31st, 2014 | By Project for Democratic Union
Country profile: United Kingdom

One of Europe’s strongest nations and yet the continent’s his­toric out­lier, the UK’s rela­tions with the Union have dis­tinctly cooled in the last dec­ade. With the pos­sib­il­ity of ‘Brexit’ loom­ing in 2017, what will hap­pen in this May’s elec­tions? It is not an exag­ger­a­tion to say that Brit­ish polit­ics cur­rently finds itself in an unprecedented [...]



EU Post-Summit Takeaways – A Summit to be remembered?

Mar 25th, 2014 | By viEUws

The European Policy Centre’s (EPC) lead­ing EU polit­ics expert Janis A. Emman­ouilidis gives Lén­aïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclus­ive post-summit ana­lysis, fol­low­ing the 20-21 March 2014 European Sum­mit. As pre­dicted, the Ukraine crisis dom­in­ated the agenda of the meet­ing. Accord­ing to Emman­ouilidis, EU lead­ers sent strong mes­sages on the need to de-escalate the situ­ation, on their [...]