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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 [...]



Country profile: Malta

Mar 17th, 2014 | By Project for Democratic Union
Country profile: Malta

In the run-up to the European Par­lia­ment­ary elec­tions the EST will pub­lish every week a coun­try pro­file on one of the EU mem­ber states. This week, Malta. On the bor­der between Europe and Africa, Malta is an import­ant fringe state. How will it fare in the May elec­tions? Malta’s his­tory goes back thou­sands years. The [...]



European strategy for fighters in Syria?

Mar 15th, 2014 | By Marija Djakova
European strategy for fighters in Syria?

The Syr­ian con­flict has caused great global alarm due to its length as well as its count­less vic­tims. Cur­rently, it seems like every­one is fight­ing against every­one, cre­at­ing a chaos which may not be eas­ily repaired. Sooner or later, how­ever, the war will come to an end. Fur­ther­more, the Islamic rad­ical forces and the foreign [...]



Italy in 2014: Let us hope for the best

Mar 10th, 2014 | By Project for Democratic Union
Italy in 2014: Let us hope for the best

Three years ago the Demo­cratic Party (PD), Italy’s centre-left polit­ical form­a­tion, decided that they would pick their offi­cials, includ­ing the party’s leader, through a sys­tem of primary elec­tions in which both party mem­bers and ‘sym­path­izers’ were allowed to cast their vote. In 2012, Mat­teo Renzi, Mayor of Florence, ran against the then leader of the [...]



Post-bubble Spain (II): The consequences of being austere

Mar 6th, 2014 | By Luis Vilacha Fernandez
Post-bubble Spain (II): The consequences of being austere

Spain has changed dra­mat­ic­ally. Four years after the budget­ary meas­ures began; the gov­ern­ment real­ized that it would not be pos­sible to keep the wel­fare state as it was until today. After the cut­backs star­ted, the pos­sib­il­it­ies to study at uni­ver­sity or receive med­ical assist­ance have decreased. Lit­er­ally, since last Septem­ber stu­dents have to pay an [...]



Post-bubble Spain (I): Deconstructing the “Spanish Miracle”

Mar 5th, 2014 | By Luis Vilacha Fernandez
Post-bubble Spain (I): Deconstructing the “Spanish Miracle”

Spain never looked so much like its ste­reo­types as it does today in the post-bubble period. When the eco­nomic crisis blew up in 2008, no one in Spain would have expec­ted that six years later Span­iards would have to leave the coun­try as their grand­par­ents did after the Span­ish Civil War. That they would have [...]



The paradox of the Greek presidency in the Council

Feb 25th, 2014 | By Luis Vilacha Fernandez
The paradox of the Greek presidency in the Council

2014 will be a year of great chal­lenges. Dur­ing this year Europeans will face the EU elec­tions in May that will determ­ine the next five years of the Union in terms of polit­ical integ­ra­tion, bank­ing union, migra­tion, mari­time policies and air pas­sen­ger rights among oth­ers. Also, the upcom­ing EU elec­tions are expec­ted to reflect the [...]



Lampedusa Calls for Action

Feb 21st, 2014 | By Olga Papadopoulou
Lampedusa Calls for Action

“La vita e’ un diritto di tutti #Lampedusa” “Every­one has a right to life #Lampedusa” That was what foot­ball play­ers of Inter and Roma wore on their t-shirts in their pre-match warm-up, in order to pass the mes­sage that every­one has a right to life. The whole of Italy and the whole world are in [...]



An urgent need for the Russia-EU new basic agreement.

Feb 19th, 2014 | By Yana Prokofyeva
An urgent need for the Russia-EU new basic agreement.

The basic agree­ment between Rus­sia and the EU (Part­ner­ship and Cooper­a­tion Agree­ment – PCA) was signed in 1994 for a dur­a­tion of ten years (with auto­matic yearly pro­long­a­tion). Both parties were extremely excited about the con­clu­sion of the doc­u­ment, which was meant to be the basis of what was romantic­ally called a “stra­tegic part­ner­ship”. Today, [...]



NATO and the EU – Rivalry or Friendship?

Feb 17th, 2014 | By Katrien Volleman
NATO and the EU – Rivalry or Friendship?

Secur­ity chal­lenges are becom­ing increas­ingly com­plex and inter­de­pend­ent, requir­ing col­lect­ive efforts and a com­pre­hens­ive approach from west­ern powers. Both the NATO and the EU acknow­ledge the import­ance of col­lect­ive action and have attemp­ted to work more closely together since the end of the Cold War. With 21 mem­ber states in com­mon, both seated in Brussels, [...]