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Prefiguring Europe’s future

An ungenerous observer might say that the Visegrád group – made up of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – has become notorious for illiberalism, xenophobia and obstructionism without showing real unity, let alone articulating a positive political platform. Despite a sudden change in roles, this perspective has only been reinforced in recent months. […]

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Cooperation or neocolonialism?

In recent years, the European Union (EU) has consolidated its position as a global actor, spurred by acute challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. These crises have prompted a reassessment of the EU’s foreign policy. In the process, the distinction between domestic and international policy spheres has […]

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Can the centre hold?

On the eve of the European Parliament elections, the mood in some of the EU’s oldest member states is one of strong apprehension about what lies ahead. There is also a palpable sense of popular anger, as evidenced by strikes and popular mobilizations of various kinds, and polls suggesting a growing protest vote – generally […]

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Transborder repression

Index on Censorship focuses on the increasing ability of autocratic regimes to target dissidents and silence critical voices abroad, using networks of agents and modern technologies to bypass security measures and strike with impunity across porous borders.  The frightening number of poisonings, attacks and assassinations of public figures critical of autocratic regimes over the last […]

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What’s buzzin?

Breaking bread: Food and water systems under pressure Eurozine Editorial It is estimated that bees are responsible for pollinating one out of three bites of the food we eat. While they certainly aren’t the only pollinators, they are the most effective, spending most of their life collecting pollen to feed their offspring. As they continue […]

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Palestine and the subversion of international law

The first time my siblings and I visited Palestine with our father was in 2007, precisely forty years after he had left it as a refugee. It was a difficult decision for him. All of us had been multiple times, and we had pleaded with him to go back. But his emotions got in the […]

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A changing world

In the last few years, the world has experienced some of the most rapid changes since the end of the Cold War. Even a brief tour d’horizon of events since the 2019 European Parliamentary (EP) elections would highlight: a global pandemic, full-scale war in Europe, a stagnant Chinese economy, Donald Trump’s mercurial and isolationist presidency, […]

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Europe turns east

Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war have triggered a gradual shift in the European Union’s foreign and defence policy agenda. This policy shift comprises a reckoning of the EU’s limited capacity to deter military and hybrid attacks on its territory, and of an even less effective strategy to deploy the forces […]

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TikTok populism

 May 9th marks the anniversary of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community that would merge economic interests. It was the first step towards unifying great powers of Europe. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the prospect of peace and unity brought countries together, eventually […]

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Reinventing work

‘Workshy’ is a label often applied to the young. Is it fair? Data suggest that something is amiss: across Europe, the average proportion of 15-29-year-olds not in work nor education or training exceeds the EU’s 9% target. Last year in France, the figure peaked at 12.5%. Yet a Europe-wide study has found that young people […]

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