Hope for Hungary’s united opposition in 2022?

By Robin Vandendriessche In 2014, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán declared his intention to build an illiberal state, citing Russia and China as examples. Since his Fidesz party rose to power in 2010, Hungary has taken the lead in what later would be known as democratic backsliding. This includes dismantling the independence of the judiciary,Continue reading “Hope for Hungary’s united opposition in 2022?”

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”

EU’s Anti-trust investigations into Facebook: Tech giant versus the Single Market

By Valentina Alexandru What is maybe the most expansive advertising platform of all times – the Facebook Marketplace – has fallen under the radar of the European Union plus the UK, as suspicions arose as to how the data obtained from the advertising service is used. The antitrust investigation would shed light on whether theContinue reading “EU’s Anti-trust investigations into Facebook: Tech giant versus the Single Market”

The “Antidemocratic Turn” in Europe

By Ilaria Sacco Democracy is losing currency while an antidemocratic turn is moving forward in Europe, states Freedom House, an NGO that conducts research on democracy and political freedom. Its annual report, Nations in Transit, measures progress and setbacks in democratization in 29 countries from Central Europe to Central Asia. The 2021 edition was named “The AntidemocraticContinue reading “The “Antidemocratic Turn” in Europe”

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?”