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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 [...]



Pre-EU Summit Insights: What’s on the table? – Ukraine to steal the spotlight

Mar 21st, 2014 | By viEUws
Pre-EU Summit Insights: What’s on the table? – Ukraine to steal the spotlight

EPC’s lead­ing European polit­ics expert Janis A. Emman­ouilidis gives Lén­aïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclus­ive pre-summit ana­lysis of the EU lead­ers’ meet­ing, tak­ing place on March 20 and 21. Top­ics on the agenda include: – Ukraine in light of the ongo­ing crisis – Indus­trial com­pet­it­ive­ness, high­light­ing the import­ance of a strong and com­pet­it­ive European indus­trial basis as [...]



The EU in the Sahel – Towards a More Dynamic Strategy

Mar 20th, 2014 | By Mieke Molthof
The EU in the Sahel – Towards a More Dynamic Strategy

In recent years, the Sahel region has become an increas­ingly import­ant part of Europe’s neigh­bour­hood. The region’s eco­nomic under­devel­op­ment and insec­ur­ity dir­ectly threaten EU interests – not only through drug traf­fick­ing, illegal migra­tion, and ter­ror­ist activ­it­ies – but also by act­ing as a con­veyor of instabil­ity eman­at­ing from other regions. The Sahel serves as a [...]