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In 2015, Europe faced its most serious crisis since the financial crisis of 2008; the so-called “migration crisis.” EU member states adopted different attitudes towards tackling the crisis, namely in case of acceptance of refugees and migrants in their countries. The states of Visegrad group (Czech Republic included) objected vehemently against the refugee quotas. The… » read more

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Since the Brexit referendum, The EU has launched numerous new initiatives in order to regain momentum and show decisiveness. Amongst other moves, on February 2018, the Commission published the Western Balkans Enlargement Package, which tried to break the so-called ‘enlargement fatigue’. In order to reflect its commitment towards a ‘greater than 27’ EU, this document… » read more

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Since the advent of the financial crisis of 2008 and the migration crisis of 2015, populism and Euroscepticism has gained traction within the EU, particularly amongst the member states that joined the EU in its 2004 expansion. With this surge of populism, authoritarian state leaders have risen to challenge the foundations of the EU itself;… » read more

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The migration crisis has been and still is a dominant issue within European politics. The European solution based on the solidarity principle was the refugee redistribution quota. In opposing to this plan, the V4 became a symbol of non-solidarity in Europe. The migration crisis exposed a clash of fundamental values in Europe. Particularly within the… » read more

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On 20th of November, The European Council announced the new locations of the two European agencies that are going to be leaving London as a consequence of Brexit. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will head to Amsterdam while the European Bank Authority (EBA) will head to Paris. Several EU member states tried to become a… » read more

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The Czech Republic is currently facing a political crisis that has, to say the least, left both political analysts and Czech citizens confounded. To sum the situation up, on May 2, the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced that the resignation of the whole government because of the inability of the finance minister Andrej Babiš… » read more

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Brexit is finally underway. The next two years of negotiations will not only determine the relationship between the EU and the UK, but will also determine the future of the 27 remaining member states. Crucially, the absence of the UK in the EU will significantly change the balance of power in the European Council and… » read more

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On the 14th and 15th of May 2017, Beijing will host an international summit that will gather leaders of 28 countries from Asia, Europe and Africa. The topic of this summit is China’s latest economic diplomacy strategy dubbed ‘The New Silk Road.’ The Silk Road was a network of merchant routes linking China with Center… » read more

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On April 16, the Turkish people voted in a constitutional referendum deciding whether to broaden the Presidential office’s influence at the expense of the parliament, further undermining the fragile Turkish parliamentary democracy and pushing it further towards authoritarianism. Erdogan’s razor-thin victory of (51,3%), allowed for the realization of his long-time effort to redefine his position… » read more

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