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Matching policy with rhetoric: the European arms trade in Yemen

Written by Ombeline Lemarchal On 26 March 2015, Saudi Arabia launched a military intervention (BBC, 2018) with 8 other Sunni Arab countries against the Houthis, a militant Shia minority in Yemen. The aim of the intervention was to restore the… Continue Reading →

Peacebuilding in Mali and Niger: Challenges for the EU

Written by Stefan Pfalzer Mali and Niger have faced many of the same challenges in the past decades since their independence in 1960. Most importantly, they have confronted the same security threats. Both have dealt with Tuareg rebellions and currently… Continue Reading →

COVID-19: An Unfriendly Reminder That Self-Regulation Will Not Save the Climate

Written by Gregor Fisher Crises can warrant the limitation of individual freedoms for the sake of common goods and conflicting individual rights. In fact, States have the responsibility to protect persons under their jurisdiction. To stop COVID-19 from spreading freely,… Continue Reading →

The numbers problem – post-mortem of COVID-19

Written by Alexis Gkantiragas Covid-19 is the largest pandemic since the spanish flu, with over 3 million cases and over 200 thousand deaths at the time of writing (1). That is, according to reported figures. In reality, testing is scarce… Continue Reading →

Europe Beyond its Borders: A History of EU-Cuba Cooperation

Written by Fabian Piga Classed by political scholars as an emerging superpower, the European Union (EU) has developed into the largest trade block worldwide and second-largest economy after the United States at 16 trillion USD (GDP nominal) [1]. However, the… Continue Reading →

To Eurobond or not to Eurobond?

Written by Vasilis Psarras In the past few weeks, many articles and Facebook posts have raised the importance of issuing a Eurobond to finance the fiscal stimulus needed to tackle the Covid-19 recession. For many days EU finance ministers tried to… Continue Reading →

EST Briefing on Corona Autocracy in Hungary

Written by Markus Pollak & John Smith (Working Group on Security and Defense) Corona Autocracy in Hungary On March 30th, amidst the first weeks of the European COVID-19 crisis, Hungary may have taken a decisive step closer to becoming the EU’s… Continue Reading →

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: how to rediscover the value of being an EU citizen.

Written By Pierfrancesco Maria Lanza (EST Ambassador to Italy, Reggio Calabria) “Here in Europe we slowly elaborated the most sophisticated of all the international human rights legal frameworks. This was further strengthened by the embrace by the European Union of… Continue Reading →

A global pandemic and other ways to test the European Union’s resilience

Written by Beatriz CÓZAR MURILLO Much has been said about the European Union since the COVID-19 virus broke out in the world, in Europe, and the lives of most citizens. Many isolated countries, substantial economic losses, loss of confidence in… Continue Reading →

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