State of the Union Speech 2022: Achievements and Challenges

by Roberta Guevska Earlier this month, the President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, held her annual State of the Union (SOTEU) address in front of the European Parliament (EP0 plenary session). Not only was the speech given in extraordinary hard times for the Union – the Russian invasion of Ukraine andContinue reading State of the Union Speech 2022: Achievements and Challenges

Striking the right balance: reinforcing Europe’s arsenal of trade defence instruments (TDIs)

By Robin Vandendriessche In December 2021, the European Union (EU), in an attempt to increase its geopolitical theft, proposed a new policy instrument that would allow it to impose sanctions more easily on economic rivals such as China. The Anti-Coercion Instrument (ACI) came after years of perceived European vulnerability to economic blackmail as third countriesContinue reading Striking the right balance: reinforcing Europe’s arsenal of trade defence instruments (TDIs)

EU’s Digital Services Act. What implications for European citizens?

by Roberta Guevska In times of rapid artificial intelligence (AI) development and its widespread use to control consumers’ attention and navigate their needs and wants, the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) has set a milestone in regulating big tech. The regulation purports to tackle emerging online challenges such as the spread of illegal goods, hateContinue reading EU’s Digital Services Act. What implications for European citizens?

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”