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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, [...]



What Future for Turkey in the EU?

Feb 14th, 2014 | By Rob Edens
What Future for Turkey in the EU?

Will Tur­key ever join the European Union? Although the saga star­ted over 50 years ago, it has barely budged in recent years after nego­ti­ations were frozen over dis­agree­ments on the Cyp­riot issue. The visit Fran­cois Hol­lande paid on Janu­ary 27th did not make much head­way in this respect, prov­ing once more that EU lead­ers are [...]



What can the EU do?

Feb 14th, 2014 | By Jason Deegan
What can the EU do?

Recently in the news there has been a lot of dis­cus­sions about the Geneva II talks by the UN to bring an end to the hor­rendous Syr­ian Civil war. It which has claimed between 97,000 and 130,000 deaths so far and has led to one of the biggest refugee crises recently with upwards of 2 [...]



Russia-EU: know your frenemies?

Feb 12th, 2014 | By Yana Prokofyeva
Russia-EU: know your frenemies?

The EU-Russian sum­mit took place on the 28th of Janu­ary. Amid ten­sions between the two parties the sum­mit was post­poned and lim­ited to only one day, with smal­ler del­eg­a­tions present. At this point, it is fair to say that Russian-European rela­tions are stead­ily worsen­ing but what com­plic­ates the rela­tion­ship between these two gigantic world and [...]