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Making Europe Great Again: The progressive way

By Anna Diamantopoulou / 19 March, 2017

As we approach the celebration of the EU’s 60th birthday, the European project has become more relevant than ever. This is not another cliché. Developments in the global scene and certain events that seemed unimaginable until recently are simply occurring on top of a financial crisis that revealed inherent weaknesses...

Poland: sleepwalking in the EU

By Jakub Dymek / 18 March, 2017

Among his compatriots, the informal leader of Poland – Jarosław Kaczyński – enjoys fame as a great strategist. He plans ahead, he uses all the strategic opportunities, he has an ability to adjust to changing circumstances and he always succeeds to thrust his opponents into uncomfortable positions. He sets sustainable...

Uncertainties: how to define the 2017 presidential election

By Chloé Morin / 18 March, 2017

Read the original text in French here For several weeks now, commentators and polling institutes have repeatedly highlighted the low voter turnout in the upcoming presidential election. Is there any reason to predict such a low turnout in April? Is this election really a unique event and if so, is...

Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: The revival of European Interests?

By Jean-Pierre Bobichon / 17 March, 2017

On 25 March Rome will host representatives from the 28 member states as they convene to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Many heads of state will be in attendance. This is the time to reaffirm our need for a strong Europe, a Europe that is powerful,...

After the First Year of Law and Justice in Power No Game Changer on the Horizon in Poland

By Maria Skóra / 17 March, 2017

2015 brought significant political changes to Poland. It proved to be a great election comeback by the Law and Justice Party (PiS) which was founded by the Kaczyński brothers, one of whom died in the Smoleńsk air crash in 2010. On the other side, Civic Platform (PO), founded by Donald...

On equal distance in difficult times

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 17 March, 2017

Over the last year of the current government of Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Eng. Law and Justice, PiS, European Conservatives and Reformists) in Poland we have witnessed many significant developments happening in the political arena. On one side the government of the Prime Minister Beata Szydło has implemented a number of...

Macron and Hamon: where do their voter bases lie?

By Yves-Marie Cann / 17 March, 2017

Read the original text in French here How have the rallies in recent weeks changed the composition of potential voters for both Emmanuel Macron and Benoît Hamon during the first round of the presidential election? Did the rallying of François Bayrou cause a proportion of his voters to “flee” from...

Co-determination before the European Court of Justice: No applause for the European Commission, please

By Martin Höpner / 16 March, 2017

On 24 January 2017, the highly-anticipated hearing concerning corporate co-determination (Erzberger vs TUI, C-566/15) took place before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). TUI is a German-based transnational tourism corporate group. The plaintiff in the main proceedings, Mr. Erzberger, holds TUI shares worth 130 Euro and...

Refugee policy: For humanity, against hypocrisy

By Gesine Schwan / 9 March, 2017

The Federal Government is glossing over the deterrence and deportations with weasel words about humanity. What is needed instead is a sustainable refugee policy in the interests of human rights – and in our own. On 25 September 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17 sustainability targets on which future...

The next steps

By Richard Corbett / 9 March, 2017

Headlines in Britain have for months been full of Brexit. But even as Theresa May moves closer to triggering Article 50, the media coverage still focuses on the United Kingdom’s position, possible approaches and potential red lines, with very little about the views on the other side of the negotiating...

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