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Lessons from the Afghan crisis in migration and asylum

The brutal enormity of the Afghan crisis with the return of the Taliban to Kabul has shaken the world. Following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s subsequent rapid takeover of the country and the collapse of the Afghan government in mid-August, a political, humanitarian and security crisis has unfolded. Right […]

Interview with Marta Lempart

Although women’s rights and gender equality have been in principle recognised as fundamental human rights, today, they are being dangerously questioned or in some cases right away reversed. Progressive actors and grassroots activists relentlessly continue their predecessors’ struggles to denounce discriminatory laws that, in sheer contravention with the European values, increasingly hinder women’s access to […]

European strategic autonomy and human rights

The debate about the EU’s strategic autonomy has picked up again – not least because the sudden US-withdrawal from Afghanistan in September 2021 surprised Europeans in such a bad way. One reason for this was the insufficient communication and coordination of Europe’s most important ally, the US. The second reason is that it made very […]

COP26 needs to be about the redistribution of material wealth!

For this year’s COP26 conference in Glasgow on climate change, the host, the UK and its partner, Italy, have put the focus on an ambitious increase of the efforts to bring emissions down, on strengthening the adaptation to the impacts of climate change, on mobilising finance for climate action, and on enhancing international collaboration. With […]

A vision for our European future

We are entering a new phase of the European project. The central equation of this new phase can be presented in the following terms: if we want to renew the European economic and social model to address the ongoing ecological and digital transformations, and if we want to improve global governance to address the current […]

A stronger EU in the global arena

The latest European Council held important discussions on democracy and fundamental rights, both within and outside the EU borders. Within these borders, the main topic was LGBTQI+ rights in Hungary. The criminalisation of human rights is unacceptable in any part of the globe. Doing it in an EU member state is intolerable.  It is clear […]

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