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“English is our official language because it has been notified by the United Kingdom (UK). If we don’t have the UK, we don’t have English“.[1] The words of MEP Danuta Hubner are particularly resonant as the United Kingdom has, after Brexiting around for the last five years, finally left the European Union. Since the separation… » read more

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In February, the EU launched a new agenda for the southern Mediterranean partnership. The new proposal of a strategic partnership between the EU and 10 countries in the MENA region put emphasis mainly on economic ties between these regions and aim to spur long-term socio-economic cooperation.

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On the 29th January, four Italian S&D Members of the European Parliament (Pietro Bartolo, Brando Benifei, Pierfrancesco Majorino and Alessandra Moretti – all belonging to the center-left wing Partito Democratico) undertook a four-day inspection mission to refugee camps in Bosnia and assessed the situation at the border with Croatia. What they witnessed was shocking and… » read more

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The January 6th US Capitol riots made the debate over how speech on social media should be moderated into a viral fad. Who would do a better job at protecting free speech online, government regulation or platform self-regulation, people asked. Naturally, government officials responded to the Trump-ban, and the ensuing Parler-ban, by claiming that the… » read more

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The adoption of the European Green Deal (EGD) marked a new chapter for EU efforts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The EGD envisages Europe’s ambition to become first climate-neutral ‘bloc’ and move towards efficient use of resources and circular economy. However, in order to undertake ambitious climate actions and achieve sustainability goals,… » read more

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“Europe will be made through crises and it will be the sum of the solutions brought to these crises” wrote Jean Monnet in his Memoirs (1976). Robert Schuman, another founding father of the European Community, also believed that Europe could only be built through “concrete achievements, creating first of all a de facto solidarity”.[1] Indeed,… » read more

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A major focus of 2021 across the globe has been quick and efficient COVID-19 vaccine distribution to save lives, restore order in economies and resume some resemblance of our previous lifestyles. The EU, esteemed as a world leader, however, is far behind other nations, such as the US and UK, in vaccination numbers and rates,… » read more

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On the 13th of February 2021, Mario Draghi, former President of the European Central Bank, was appointed as Prime Minister of the new Italian government, the 68th in 75 years. Although having a wide range of politician members in his cabinet (15 out of 24), it is mainly technocrats that the ministries in charge of… » read more

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There is no doubt that the European Union has found itself in a quarrel with the rising illiberal democracies of Central-Eastern Europe. Brought to the forefront by key developments that undermine the pillars of democracy in Hungary and Poland and highlighted further by the negotiations on the EU’s budget and the rule of law mechanism… » read more

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According to the European Commission, the COVID-19 crisis has been a “stress test”[1] for the respect of rule of law in the European Union (EU). Indeed, the global pandemic seems to have aggravated already existing trends in terms of disrespect of the rule of law and flouting of democratic principles. However, the report of the… » read more

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