France’s Position in the Ukrainian Crisis

by Yaprak Akkaya As one of the EU’s major superpowers, France has been vocal since the beginning of the contflict between Russia and Ukraine. Until now, Macron has sought to be a negotiator and to encourage communication for innocent people. On the other hand, there is also a response to this crisis at the UnionContinue reading “France’s Position in the Ukrainian Crisis”

Pieces of the puzzle: finding common ground for a European history

by Charlotte van Vessem Prior to the start of France’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on the 1st of January 2022, French President Macron laid out his priorities regarding the European Union in a speech in December 2021. In this speech, President Macron expressed France’s desire to create a EuropeanContinue reading “Pieces of the puzzle: finding common ground for a European history”

Swift and severe costs? EU sanctions and the Russo-Ukrainian conflict

By Robin Vandendriessche In February 2022, Russia deployed up to 190 000 troops in and around Ukraine. This constitutes the greatest military build-up since the country’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and sparked a major international crisis. Moscow declared to be open to diplomacy but demanded legal security guarantees such as the withdrawal of NATOContinue reading “Swift and severe costs? EU sanctions and the Russo-Ukrainian conflict”

Activating the Nuclear Option? EU-UK relations and the Northern Ireland Protocol

By Robin Vandendriessche The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union on January 31st, 2020, when the withdrawal agreement entered into force. As protecting the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was an absolute priority for both parties, an Irish protocol was included in order to keep the land border open. Under the protocol, Northern Ireland stillContinue reading “Activating the Nuclear Option? EU-UK relations and the Northern Ireland Protocol”

State of the Union: is the rule of law necessary for EU citizens?

By Ilaria Sacco In the European Union, September is the time to take stock. It represents the month of the Speech on the State of the Union, an annual address whereby the President of the Commission weighs up the past year and sets the priorities for the one ahead. It also provides a perfect momentContinue reading “State of the Union: is the rule of law necessary for EU citizens?”

No environmental conditions linked to the airline bailouts: a missed opportunity?

By Luca Donatella The before and after of the aviation crisis The aviation sector hit significant economic losses during COVID with a decline of 62.3% of global passenger traffic in 2020. The health crisis inevitably led to  international travel became either near-impossible or was hit with a plethora of restrictions making it impractical  to flyContinue reading “No environmental conditions linked to the airline bailouts: a missed opportunity?”