Why more Europeans should run for European Parliament outside their home country

Deuxième partie du "Grand Format Européen" sur les élections européennes It’s rather normal for candidates hailing from one part of a country to stand for election in another. For those familiar with Finnish politics, Paavo Väyrynen is a good example: originally from Lapland, Väyrynen has successfully run for Finnish Parliament in both Lapland and the … Lire la suite de Why more Europeans should run for European Parliament outside their home country

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The Abortion Laws in the European Union

Nowadays most of the member’s states of the European Union have legislation allowing early abortion on request, nonetheless they are still important disparities regarding the conditions of the termination of pregnancy around the European Union. Malta : the only remaining Member state of the European Union where abortion is illegal Since Ireland repealed its eighth … Lire la suite de The Abortion Laws in the European Union

EU Cultural Diplomacy: where do we stand?

How has the EU been shaping its external image through the new approach to cultural diplomacy and what are its limitations and challenges in a globalizing world? Foreign cultural policy was primarily introduced by nation-states in the 19th century with the leading role of France and of Germany. Later, during the First World War, it … Lire la suite de EU Cultural Diplomacy: where do we stand?

Building an innovative and clean energy market in the EU

The European Union has to cope with various challenges concerning its energy situation, among which climate change, energy dependence, and oil prices on the rise. The energy transition appears to be a sustainable solution to tackle these challenges. What is the role of the innovation to foster energy transition in the EU ? Innovation is closely … Lire la suite de Building an innovative and clean energy market in the EU

A future for the Western Balkans in the European Union?

After the fall of the Berlin wall, the European Union opened its gates to some States in Central and Eastern Europe. The States in the Western Balkans could be the next to join the European family. Nevertheless, this step of the enlargement process seems to cause numerous problems. While everyone knows at least the name … Lire la suite de A future for the Western Balkans in the European Union?

The New Chinese Silk Road: a challenge for Europe?

In an age of constant innovation and intense globalisation, connecting people and spaces through regional cooperation has never been so important. Both China and the EU have understood this and therefore seek to strengthen their place in neighbouring regions, working with but sometimes also against each other. It is no secret that China’s economic influence … Lire la suite de The New Chinese Silk Road: a challenge for Europe?

EU: How a migration crisis turned into a governance crisis

“We cannot continue to squabble to find ad-hoc solutions each time a new ship arrives. We need more, better organized, lasting solidarity – today and forever more.” In the words of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU needs to overhaul its asylum and immigration system into a more sustainable and resilient one. And rightly … Lire la suite de EU: How a migration crisis turned into a governance crisis

Finally, the end of the crisis… Really?

The Euro zone finally seems to have emerged from the crisis, as some indicators and the attitude of the ECB tends to suggest. It is not quite out of trouble yet, and public authorities should be careful and keep in mind some possible consequences of such an economic shock on the populations. Mario Draghi, the … Lire la suite de Finally, the end of the crisis… Really?

Nancy Wake: The Socialite Who Killed A Nazi With Her Bare Hands.

Wellington born Nancy Wake became the most decorated service woman of the Second World War. Primarily active in France, Wake became a key member of the French resistance, and by 1943 she was the Gestapo’s most wanted person with a 5-million-franc bounty on her head. Known as ''The White Mouse'' due to her propoensity for … Lire la suite de Nancy Wake: The Socialite Who Killed A Nazi With Her Bare Hands.

Data protection and privacy: The EU’s fight to claim back the robbed data we offered online

In Latin, data means “something given”. The word is sadly extremely well chosen when referring to the information we offer online. The recent changes in EU law show the concern citizens have towards the ever-growing data empire. Considered as the harshest digital law in the world, the GDPR refers to the General Data Protection Regulation. … Lire la suite de Data protection and privacy: The EU’s fight to claim back the robbed data we offered online