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The enlargement process as a security guarantee for the Balkan region and a “geopolitical” European Union

Written by the Angelica Puntel (Working Group on Security and Defence) FACT: On March 25th, the Council of the European Union agreed to open accession negotiations with the Republic of Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.[1] More recently, on… Continue Reading →

The new European Commission and its challenges: building a better European Union

Written by Pierfrancesco Maria Lanza (EST Ambassador to Italy, Reggio Calabria) “A Union that strives for more”, is the goal for a renewed European Union (EU) which the new President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, wants to… Continue Reading →

The EU in Danger? What the German Constitutional Court’s Weiss Ruling Might Mean for Europe

Written by Daniel Mooney Earlier this month, the German Constitutional Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVerfG), delivered a judgment pertaining to the Public Sector Asset Purchase Programme (PSPP) initiated by the European Central Bank in the wake of the global economic depression.[1]… Continue Reading →

Europe’s Security At Risk: The Case for A Common EU Defence Policy

Written by Adrian Kokk The institutions of the European Union face a difficult task in guaranteeing the financing for the Union’s defence fund, as the raging economic pressure caused by COVID-19 demands the reallocation of monetary resources to more urgent… Continue Reading →

The European Union and the European Space Agency: a partnership in the making

Written by Giulia Gallinella The EU has shown interest in furthering its space competencies since the ratification of the Treaty of Rome. In the 1960s, nonetheless, space-related activities fell exclusively under the competences of national governments (Mazurelle, 2009). The establishment… 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 →

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 →

EU-Turkey relations: where are we heading?

Written By Pierfrancesco Maria Lanza (EST Ambassador to Italy, Reggio Calabria) Since its foundation, the European Union has been a light of peace and rights for European countries. Born from the ashes of the Second World War, precisely with the… Continue Reading →

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