AstraZeneca reluctance: consequence of faltering EU vaccination strategy?

By Gregory Lens Imagine a scene in a medical thriller in which safe and thoroughly checked vaccines against a highly contagious and deadly disease are available, at last providing a way out of a global pandemic that has been holding the world hostage for over a year. In that movie, the protagonists refuse the vaccineContinue reading “AstraZeneca reluctance: consequence of faltering EU vaccination strategy?”

CETA Explained: A Triumph of Free Trade or a Setback for Europe

By Shane Goodman On 30th October 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to Brussels to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on behalf of his government. CETA is a free-trade deal between the European Union and Canada which its proponents claim will lead to job creation, economic growth and a reduction in redContinue reading “CETA Explained: A Triumph of Free Trade or a Setback for Europe”

Portugal’s Key Position in European Defense Policy

By Mary Karnachoritou Back in 2000, the first foundation on Europe’s Defense and Security was put into place in the small Portuguese town of Feira under Portugal’s presidency of the council of the EU. The Feira agreement would constitute the basis for the European Security Strategy and later on for the large civilian and militaryContinue reading “Portugal’s Key Position in European Defense Policy”

Feminism in an illiberal Europe: The case of Poland

By Maria sotiropoulou In most recent years, multiple scholars, politicians, and journalists have described right-wing populism in Europe as the threat of “illiberalism”. In addition, if the media has been communicating on the rise of the extreme right as such, as it has been analyzed by scholars and academics, it is because the inherently illiberalContinue reading “Feminism in an illiberal Europe: The case of Poland”

What happens after “the journey”? The invisible migrant workforce behind our agricultural produce

By michela Sandron The lack of structural and harmonious integration policies, as well as an inadequate migration system, are fueling work exploitation in Southern Italy, giving a new meaning to the “migration crisis.” For decades, the European Union (EU) has sought answers to the question of migration. Faced with an increased inflow of asylum-seekers atContinue reading “What happens after “the journey”? The invisible migrant workforce behind our agricultural produce”

Rule of law conditionality on the EU budget: a necessary step to protect democracy in the EU

By Erika Frontini On 5 November 2020, negotiators from the European Parliament and the German Presidency of the Council agreed on a mechanism to link the disbursement of money from the 2021-27 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Next Generation EU – the Union’s package for the post-COVID-19 recovery – to respect for the ruleContinue reading “Rule of law conditionality on the EU budget: a necessary step to protect democracy in the EU”