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Portugal’s presidency: to heal Europe

By László Andor / 7 January, 2021

If you hated Covid-19 in 2020, you will hate it more in 2021, under the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council. The mundane reason for this is that the period of presidency in the EU is not simply a time of pushing dossiers, dialogues and trilogues, but also one of […]

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The European Union on better tracks, but…

By Maria João Rodrigues / 14 December, 2020

The last European Council was important to put the European Union on better tracks, culminating the long and dramatic effort which was undertaken by larger European and progressive forces to respond to the current unprecedented and multidimensional crisis. Nevertheless, daunting challenges are still ahead of us. The swift implementation of […]

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For the establishment of a European Child Union

By Brando Benifei / 20 November, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on the most vulnerable groups of society – and that are, often, children. In 2018 the situation was already unacceptable, with over 23 million children at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The current pandemic only exacerbates the situation. In particular, the […]

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The rule of law stalemate

By László Andor / 22 October, 2020

The seven-year financial framework and the recovery budget of the European Union have been taken hostage by a bitter dispute over the rule of law. The European Parliament (EP) asserts itself as a guardian of EU values, imposing its requirements at last on the spending machinery of the Union. The […]

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The time for a U-turn towards social and environmental justice is now

By Fabrizio Barca / 4 September, 2020

The time for adjustments and tinkering is over. Well before the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, inequalities and social injustice had mounted in most Western countries to a point where they produced widespread resentment and triggered an ‘authoritarian dynamic’: a rejection of diversity, a call for sanctioning outlying behaviour and for building […]

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Driving Europe to a new era

By László Andor / 10 July, 2020

On the 1st of July, Germany took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council. For some, and especially for the readers of the late sociologist Ulrich Beck, the significance of this might be questionable.

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EU budget: the level of European ambition is the real issue!

By Maria João Rodrigues / 25 February, 2020

The last European Council’s negotiations on the next MFF for 2021-2028 were a big disappointment.

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