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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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With less than a month away, Poland’s presidential elections are still scheduled for May 10th despite the current COVID–19 crisis that has paralyzed the country and world. Poland has ignored warnings to postpone like other European nations including Serbia, North Macedonia, and Romania, who have heeded international caution by pushing back elections to later dates.… » read more

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The European Migrant Crisis of 2015 was an event that deeply resonated within the European continent, with it being the one of the most important contributors to the rise of right-wing populism and nationalism in European countries, as more than 1.8 million people crossed the border of Europe, seeking a better future from their either… » read more

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The Sociological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences recently published a study about Czech attitudes towards direct democracy. A striking 82% majority of those surveyed think that important questions regarding foreign affairs should be decided by their elected representatives rather than in general referenda. After last year´s general elections, the political elite of the… » read more

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  My previous blog ”In Search of a New Political Culture” focused on the increasingly toxic political culture of dismantling the legacy of predecessors at all costs rather than fostering a culture of cooperation, and the consequences hereof. To sum it up, if our democracies only revolve around 4 to 8 year vicious election cycles… » read more

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