With the US moving military resources to the Asia-Pacific region, what organization will maintain the stability and security in North and North Central Africa? The US has been downgrading its participation in African affairs for some time now; one may refer to the events in Libya and the ongoing situation in Mali. Europe faces many modern threats, and it may very well have to pull itself together to properly address the challenges to its security originating from across the Mediterranean Sea as the US focuses on more of its own problems.
Putinism is an expression widely used to describe the ruling style of Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin. But is it really more than a media buzzword? Our partners at CrossingtheBaltic took a closer look at what Putinism really means.
Energy today is one of the most important issues on the world politics agenda, since energy is a key element for the economy and, hence, the development of a state. Yet, despite its importance, the EU has so far failed to develop a common approach. Aleksander Thomas takes a look at it.
Zero currency war. Okay? That’s very simple.” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde was eager to appease journalists during her press briefing following the G20 meeting earlier this month. The prospect of a spiral of competitive devaluations has been the subject of significant political and media attention, making its way to the top of the agendas of regional and international summits this year.
The EU is revising its Digital Agenda, but still technology does not find any place in it in terms of providing public value. It is also falling behind in terms of recognition of some developments in Estonia and lessons that can be learned from the new European Citizens’ Initiative. The replication of these can increase the democratic legitimacy of the Union, if the voting procedures in the EP and the way it is constituted are adapted.
Italy is going to elections by the end of this month after 14 months of technocratic-ruling administration. Pier Luigi Bersani, the center-left candidate has a good chance of becoming Italy’s next leader and couple of days ago I attended a short, yet very meaningful speech of him at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. Pro-European, sharp and thoughtful, he delivered indeed a strong message.
The Council of Europe recently released a report that warns that political pressure is being put on Spanish public television broadcasting (Televisión Española, TVE). The report draws attention to similar situations of politics pushing broadcasting in Hungary, Romania, Italy, Serbia and Ukraine.
In the terms described in the previous part of this article, the EU developed its own digital policy, ensuring that it addresses both opportunities and challenges of the digital world. To achieve this, the EU approved a decentralised structure, where the different institutions are responsible for the three aspects of the digital world. First, in 2010 the EU launched its Digital Agenda for Europe, under the responsibility of the Commissioner for Information Society and Media N.Kroes. The aim is to promote the new technologies in order to increase economic and social prospects. In the framework of the Agenda, the EU adopted several laws addressing, for instance, broadband coverage, roaming harmonization, E-Commerce, eID, eSignatures, as well as the protection of Intellectual Property.
On January 11, 2013 the European Union (EU) established the European Cybercrime Centre as part of the Europol offices . This important event raises the question of the instruments established by the EU to address cyber security issues. This article argues that the mode of governance developed by the EU in order to address the issue of cyber security is coherent and comprehensive of all aspects of cyber security. It however notes that to complete this mode of governance, the EU is lacking a crucial link which is an international endorsement of the European vision.
Euro-sceptics and federalists alike readily put the words ‘democratic deficit’ and the EU together. Whilst the former conclude that exit is best, the latter that ever-closer union is the way forward.
Within the academic world arguments continue to rage over the existence of a democratic deficit at all. Moravcsik and Majone, both respected scholars in the field of European studies, deny its existence, albeit for differing reasons. Their arguments that the EU is unfairly judged against democratic ideals, not even met by nation-states, have fallen largely on deaf ears. What matters most to the future of the EU is that it has become regarded as ‘common knowledge’ that the EU is an unwieldy and undemocratic.