EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

The EEA and Norway Grants funded Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute became a victim of Hungarian authorities trying to undermine the influence of international actors. Hungary’s hostile attitude towards international funding and involvement in domestic affairs remains unchanged. The current political climate in Hungary leaves the country prone to “illiberal democratic” practices, which is raising concerns… » read more

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The revealing of Donald Trump’s sexist video from 2005 is the final nail in the coffin of his presidential bid as it alienates his core voter segment´- privileged white men – by violating their most prized “possessions” – their women. Senior Republicans are now abandoning the sinking ship in droves before going down with it,… » read more

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Rather than acquiescing to the reckless impulses of populist politicians eager to capitalize upon the mess that is Brexit, Czech leaders should resort to common sense and urge patience and restraint. Contrary to what populists would like to purport, support for the EU is rising in several countries following Brexit, including Denmark who is traditionally… » read more

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  On Thursday 5 May, local elections to autonomous legislative bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland took place, which brought many historically unprecedented results but also demonstrated the difficulties of reaching a majority in the proportional voting system. The results, despite being regional, have a significant effect on the direction of British politics as… » read more

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The European Parliament approved the text of the new EU Trade Secrets Directive. This directive aims at harmonizing laws between the 28 member states on the protection of trade secrets. This directive would protect all information which are secret and have a commercial value. It would give all the detainers of trade secrets a high-degree… » read more

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After the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal, whereby Syrian refugees who made it to Greece are returned to Turkey, Austria, concerned about the ‘collateral outcome’, is unveiling plans to re-establish border controls with Italy at the Brenner Pass.   For a couple of decades, the Austro-Italian border – called ‘Brenner Pass’ – has been almost… » read more

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“We got all we wanted” – that was the main message that David Cameron aimed to convey to the Members of Parliament when he addressed the House of Commons upon returning from the European Council meeting on 22 February. The list of improvements he claimed to have won for his fellow countrymen was so long… » read more

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Geneva peace talks have therefore been suspended due to the intransigence and interference of the regional supports. Saudi Arabia has remained intransigent regarding the composition of the opposition group whereas Damascus and its allies refused to consider the High National Committee (HNC), created under the aegis of Riyadh, as the accepted opposition delegation. Damascus has… » read more

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On Wednesday 3 February, the UN Syria Peace Talks with the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva have been suspended until 25 February, only three days after they began. Whether the West had high expectations concerning the talks in order to both tackle the refugee crisis and the terrorist threat, their failure highlights the Western… » read more

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