Where Europe overflows: Russia as a colonial power

By Anna Woudstra Pardoen One often tends to forget that Russia, in whatever iteration of its existence it was in, has been a colonial empire. Whereas other colonial powers journeyed overseas to find, claim and exploit new lands and territories, Russia expanded over land, northwards into the lands of the Finnic and Sami peoples, eastwardsContinue reading “Where Europe overflows: Russia as a colonial power”

EU-Mercosur Agreement: a shift in the EU’s mindset?

By Ilaria Sacco In the last days of the Juncker Commission (June 2019), the EU and the Mercosur (the Common market of the South formed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) reached an “agreement in principle” on the trade pillar (the so-called Free Trade Agreement, or FTA). The FTA would save over €4 billion worthContinue reading “EU-Mercosur Agreement: a shift in the EU’s mindset?”

IOM’s recipe: integrating migration issues into EU development policy

By Anastasiia Vasileva It is no secret that the 2015 migration crisis has changed the European Union (EU) dramatically and put a divide into its ‘speaking with one voice’ strategy. Until today, a number of projects have  been put in place by the EU towards migration management and regulation policies reducing the incentives for illegalContinue reading “IOM’s recipe: integrating migration issues into EU development policy”

Media freedom in times of crisis: growing concerns and unsettled issues in the EU

By Myriam Marino Poland and Hungary, already protagonists of the dispute connected to the rule of law mechanism of the EU budget in the ending months of 2020, are once again at the center of a question pertaining to rule of law and democracy.  More precisely, on Wednesday March 10th, 2021, a debate took place in theContinue reading “Media freedom in times of crisis: growing concerns and unsettled issues in the EU”

The Undiplomatic Diplomat

By Arbër Berisha When describing a diplomat, the words “hack”, “shill”, “nasty” and “dishonest” should not come to one’s mind. However, those are the exact words former U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice used to describe Richard Grenell. Her words will resonate with political circles in Germany. The aforementioned adjectives partially depict a bully, anContinue reading “The Undiplomatic Diplomat”

Fidesz quits the EPP: A new powershift in the European Parliament?

By Robin Vandendriessche On Wednesday the 8th of March 2021, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered on his promise to quit the European People’s Party group (EPP Group) in the European Parliament after new rules were approved that would allow the center-right block to suspend or exclude members. The motion, clearly intended to deal withContinue reading “Fidesz quits the EPP: A new powershift in the European Parliament?”