Revisiting the Lisbon Treaty ten years after its ratification

Written by Christian Schweiger (Shabka CPD Policy Blog) December 1st, 2019 marked the tenth anniversary of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty still remains the latest constitutional treaty of the EU, which is rather surprising given the multiple… Continue Reading →

Exciting New Partnership and Opportunities for 2020 and Beyond!

The EST Board is very happy to announce a new partnership that we have been working on over the past few months. Shabka is our newest partner and they are a ‘Strategic Think and Do Tank’ based out of Vienna,… Continue Reading →

The Ethics of Conducting Transnational Clinical Trials

Written by Denise Quek In today’s era of globalization, there are substantial debates on the ethics of conducting transnational clinical trials. Clinical trials, with the purpose to confirm the effectiveness and to scrutinize the side effects of a new drug… Continue Reading →

The Technological Middle-Ground: R&D in the EU’s Quest for a Competitive Digital Economy

Written by Luke Cavanuagh Ursula von der Leyen, the current president of the EU Commission, began her tenure at the EU’s helm by addressing the EU’s loss of competitiveness against US Tech giants and Chinese manufacturing corporations, approving a €3.2… Continue Reading →

Cervical Cancer: A critical review of prevention and screening in Italy

Written by Bianca Maria Borrelli & Christos Tsagkaris Introduction The Cancer of the cervix Uteri or Cervical Cancer (CC)  or is defined as an abnormal proliferation of mutated cells in the internal lining of the cervix, the segment that connects the… Continue Reading →

Economy driven diplomacy for conflict prevention

Written by Guido Lanfranchi Introduction In 2014, Pope Francis claimed that the world is currently witnessing a “piecemeal World War Three” (Reuters 2014). Although undoubtedly bold, this statement has been proved well-grounded. According to a report by the Institute for… Continue Reading →

The New Commission: Managing and Optimising the EU’s Natural Gas

Written by Loyle Campbell (Editor in Chief of the EST) There are many challenges and obstacles facing the incoming European Commission (EC) regarding energy and the environment. With the successful election of United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brexit… Continue Reading →

Spexit, or Spanish nationalists finally coming out of the Eurosceptic Closet

Written by Julia Fernández Arribas (Ambassador of Spain) On December 19th, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Oriol Junqueras, a Catalan leader who has spent the last two years in provisional detention, had the right to immunity the… Continue Reading →

Sentenced to death: the difficult case of ISIS’s European fighters

Written by Ombeline Lemarchal  On 27 May 2019, four French men were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after having been found guilty of joining the Islamic State (ISIS), also known by its Arabic name Daesh (BBC News, 2019)…. Continue Reading →

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