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On 16th March 2019, Slovakia held its historically fifth direct presidential elections, providing an opportunity to measure the country’s general mood and future direction. The first round of elections was significantly dominated by Zuzana Čaputová, a lawyer and a civil activist, who gained 40,6 % of the votes. Čaputová’s success in the first round of… » read more

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On March 29th, 2017, Britain, along with the EU triggered, article 50, which began the two-year countdown until the UK must leave the EU. This so-called transition period is due to end in less than 3 months, yet still there’s no satisfactory deal that both sides would agree on. Currently, the proposed break up deal… » read more

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Confidence in the EU has gradually diminished after a series of crises of values. This has enabled the rapid growth of the populist and the far-right parties in the V4 countries, which are causing fragmentation within the EU due to what they perceive as unresolved asylum and migration issues. In 2004, Romano Prodi commented on… » read more

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On September 12, 2018, The European Parliament approved the EU-China relations report. The report not only forms the future of EU-China policy but also covers a wide range of issues regarding the relations between China and its neighboring areas or countries including deterioration of human rights between Tibet and China, political persecution such as 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 his election, U.S. President Donald Trump, has drastically altered the basic fabric of international relations. Moving the country in a path of isolation, Trump has diluted European allies’ confidence that the United States is a reliable partner in upholding commitments and agreements. Trump’s “America First” approach has made it very difficult to maintain a… » read more

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The United States midterm elections are heating up, and Europe should pay attention. Recently, the state of Transatlantic relations has been unsteady, and the results from these elections may either cement the current administration’s trajectory, or open up an avenue for the Democrats to act as a check to the Republican policies. Currently, the Congress… » read more

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On the 2nd May 2018, the European Commission introduced its first draft of the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework as well as a special provision[1] outside the MFF regulation. Its intention is to assure that beneficiary countries respect “a sound financial management and the Rule of Law” – if a member state breaches these principles, it… » 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 Trump administration has not been characterized as thoughtful or respectful; however, the arrival of the new Secretary of State Mark Pompeo has elevated its volatility. Whereas his predecessor presented moderate versions of Trump’s policy plans, Pompeo is Trump’s equal in brusqueness. The United States’ new head diplomat seems to lack diplomatic skills. As soon… » read more

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