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?”

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”