Italy’s G20 Presidency: an opportunity for the EU?

By Ilaria Sacco 2021 has symbolized the beginning of a new era, a moment of recovery after one of the biggest crises caused by the pandemic. Covid-19 shows us that we live in  such an interdependent world, made of interconnected threats. In this world, multilateralism must be revived. This means more rapid and unique responsesContinue reading “Italy’s G20 Presidency: an opportunity for the EU?”

Nord Stream 2 will be finished – what’s ahead?

By Jelle Baartmans The construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which will link Russia directly with Germany through the Baltic Sea, will be finished soon. Germany and the United States have reached an agreement on the issue that had divided the two countries both under the Trump and Biden administrations. The GermanContinue reading “Nord Stream 2 will be finished – what’s ahead?”

The Unattainable Utopia of a Nuclear-Free EU

By Gregory Lens The inclusion of nuclear energy as a potentially “green” energy source by the EU’s own in-house scientific body has yet again sparked division among member states, laying bare the wildly varying approaches to the future of nuclear power and what ought to be considered sustainable energy in general. On June 30th, theContinue reading “The Unattainable Utopia of a Nuclear-Free EU”

True Belgians Speak German

By Anna In the years of football championships, everyone in Belgium rallies behind their national football team, the Red Devils. Suddenly everybody, regardless of region, language, or politics, is not just Belgian, but a Belgian. The Belgians expressed a collective schadenfreude after the French were defeated in the round of sixteen. For a few weeksContinue reading “True Belgians Speak German”

Hardliners in Teheran: opportunity or challenge for the JCPOA?

By Robin Vandendriessche The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear agreement is a landmark accord reached in 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany. The deal, mediated by the European Union, placed significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.Continue reading “Hardliners in Teheran: opportunity or challenge for the JCPOA?”

The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy Explained

By Maria Callewier The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which launched in 1962, sets out to ensure food security and support farmers throughout the European Union. This makes it one of the longest-prevailing policies within the framework of the EU.  With an annual budget of around 58 billion euros, this policy gets by far theContinue reading “The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy Explained”