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EST Ambassadors on the role of youth in decision-making

In or out? Open access to decision-making for all young Europeans Decision-making is arguably the most important element of politics. The decisions made in parliaments and institutions all over Europe, at all levels, define both the surroundings that we live… Continue Reading →

What to expect from the Austrian EU Presidency

The last time Austria assumed the EU Presidency in the first semester of 2006, the European Union had recently suffered a heavy defeat: The ideal of a constitutionally based ever closer union had been rejected by by referenda in both… Continue Reading →

Euro-Med Youth Forum 2018

A very special gathering took place between the 18th and the 22nd of  April 2018 in Larnaca, Cyprus. The Euro-Med Youth Forum with the title “Sustainable Participation and Active Citizenship” really lived up to its expectations. 120 delegates, youth workers,… Continue Reading →

Migration in Europe: An Artistic Twist

“Waves of refugees” – what sounds like an innocent metaphor demonstrates a naturalized portrayal of the millions of people who have fled their homes in search for safety; namely that of a security and economic threat comparable to a natural… Continue Reading →

Seduction and Diplomacy: the Emergence of European Soft Power

There are but two powers in the word, the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the mind. Does Napoleon imply that the strength of the mind could prove more efficient than the… Continue Reading →

Environmentalist trends hand to hand with corporate responsibility

In their analysis of Global Warming Impacts, the Union of Concerned Scientists argued that the consequences of climate change are already here and are reflected in our changing weather patterns and in our physical well being (UCSUSA,2018). Global climate change… Continue Reading →

Europe’s Balancing Act: Finding Security Between Trump and Putin

Two events mark a critical juncture in the transatlantic post-Cold War security environment. First, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine in 2014 brought power politics back to the European continent. Second, Trump’s ascension to the American Presidency… Continue Reading →

Raising awareness on sustainable consumption: the development of Product Carbon Footprint and the international cooperation for its improvement

General concerns over the symptoms of climate change, as the Earth’s medium temperature continues to rise, have pushed forward the analysis of the quantity of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. Both the services and the products that we use… Continue Reading →

Stuck in a loop: the unfinished state of electoral reform in Italy?

On Monday, 7th May 2018, the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, called on parliament to form a neutral government to govern the country until the end of the year or, failing that, to hold new elections either in June or in… Continue Reading →

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