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The EU and Belarus: doing less might be better

By André Gerrits / 30 September, 2020

It is easy to call for EU action in crises at the borders of the bloc. And in the case of Belarus, these calls have been made again. But the European Union must acknowledge that the Belarusian case cannot be considered without thinking of Russia, and that in some crises...

A too Teutonic talk

By László Andor / 17 September, 2020

As we learned from the great British historian Eric Hobsbawm, tradition is something that is invented. The tradition of State of the Union (SOTEU) speeches by the European Commission president was invented in 2010, in the wake of the great financial crisis. It has always provided a panorama of EU...

LGBT rights in the Polish presidential campaign

LGBT rights in the Polish presidential campaign

By Bartosz Machalica / 17 July, 2020

The issue of human rights of the LGBT community became surprisingly one of the key issues in the presidential election campaign in Poland. The race to the elections had started before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the beginning of 2020. The Left coalition (Lewica), which included SLD, Wiosna...

Rethinking economic reconstruction in Europe

By Lukas Hochscheidt / 23 June, 2020

Only a true paradigm shift can make Europe’s economies crisis-proof and address increasing wealth gaps. The European Union needs to turn away from restrictive fiscal rules, and expand its own resources as well as public investment. The famous board game Monopoly teaches children from the earliest age the driving principles...

Money for nature: bridging the green funding gap

By Ludovic Suttor-Sorel / 3 June, 2020

The European Green Deal sets a pathway for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular and biodiversity-friendly economy. But how to fund this transition? With appropriate incentives and information, a part of the transition can be achieved. Meanwhile, for projects that do provide public value, but which are not financially...

A new generation pact for a sustainable and resilient European economy

By Nuno Almeida Eça / 29 May, 2020

The corona pandemic had demonstrated some of the fragilities of our current economic system. Like CO2-emissions, the virus does not care about borders. It affects a country independently of its economic situation and it puts at risk the health of all citizens. However, the poorest and the most vulnerable are...

Europe Day in corona times: putting people over profit

By Luca Visentini / 8 May, 2020

European unity is needed more than ever in face of the unprecedented health emergency. We have not seen such a fatal global pandemic for over a century – since the 1918 so-called Spanish Flu. Tackling the corona virus is rightly the top priority, even though it comes at a high...

Health, inequality and democracy in the light of the Corona crisis

By Gabor Scheiring / 23 April, 2020

The first phase of the battle against the coronavirus is getting close to its end. However, as John Maynard Keynes warned, it is not enough to win the war but we need to win the peace too. Already before the current one, Europe was facing a multiplicity of crises, each...

The coronavirus crisis exposes the systemic exploitation between the EU’s West and East

By Elena Zacharenko / 20 April, 2020

The coronavirus crisis starkly highlights the true value of care work, its gendered and regionalised nature, and the scarcity of its supply in an economy which fails to recognise these factors. On 26 March, only a couple of weeks into the introduction of border closures across the EU in attempt...

Trial and error in pandemic times

By László Andor / 7 April, 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been widely publicised that the medical significance of hand washing was discovered by a 19thcentury Hungarian doctor, Ignác (Ignaz) Semmelweis. It may as well be striking how recent this discovery is, but also that the doctor introducing it was facing ferocious resistance from...

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