02.04.2020 | Iordan Bărbulescu & Dragoș Ioniță
The Prespa Agreement, signed in June 2018, as well as the repeated delay of the European Council’s decision to start EU accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia, had a far-reaching effect on EU enlargement policy, as it was known until the end of 2019. In the context of the current crisis of European solidarity, accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent reform of the enlargement policy, as well as the decision taken by the representatives of the Member States at the end of last week regarding the European path of the two candidate states give a fresh breath to both the enlargement process and the hopes of politicians and representatives of civil society at local level. What implications will this decision have and what are the next steps that need to be taken in order to accelerate the process of European integration of the Western Balkans?
26.03.2020 | Roy Cobby Avaria
27.01.2019 | Luis Bouza
In less than one month the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission have adopted conclusions, resolutions and communications on the convening of a “Future of Europe” conference. This comparison is fully justified as the inter-institutional dynamics of the convening of the conference start to resemble it, but there are important differences as to the political context.
09.12.2019 | Marta Domínguez
Tomorrow, 10th of December of 2019, two of the remaining three judges of the Appellate Body of the WTO will retire, and the body will cease to be operational. Considered the ‘crown jewel’ of the organisation, many see this as the blow that will make the WTO terminal. The implications for the international system (and multilateralism more broadly) are evident. The European Union will have hard choices to make; as of yet it has focused on defending the WTO while simultaneously establishing numerous bilateral deals to protect commercial relations. Beyond the politics, the WTO (and GATT before it) allowed trade to thrive in recent decades, resulting in wide-ranging welfare gains which deserve to be highlighted.
30.11.2019 | Ramona Coman
29.11.2019 | Ramona Coman
When the Treaties establishing the European Communities were signed in the 1950s, the political elites of the time were more concerned with peace and freedom in Europe, while democracy promotion was the purview and primary purpose of the Council of Europe. Over the last decades, transformations in Poland, Hungary and Romania have put the question of European values on the EU agenda. The changes made to the judicial systems in these countries have brought some researchers to believe that the EU is facing an existential crisis, with “far-reaching implications for the European project because without common values, there are fewer reasons for the EU to exist” (Pech and Scheppele 2017: 8).
22.11.2019 | Alvaro Oleart
20.11.19 | Paul Gabriel Sandu
Thirty years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the European Union is once more confronted with the rebirth of nationalism and right-wing populism. Is there anything we can learn from the historic event that took place thirty years ago for the events that are unfolding in Europe today? What is its significance for the present generations? My contention is that the European Project needs to be fundamentally rethought.
07.11.2019 | Susana Aguilar and Andrés Santana
Little is known as well about why some people perceive higher or lower costs of voting than others. To cut a long story short, voting is a rather puzzling activity and there is a gap in the literature as to what are the determinants of the costs of voting at the individual level.
04.11.2019 | Sonia de Gregorio
The concentration of poverty in vulnerable urban neighbourhoods stands today as one of the main challenges of the European Union (EU). The urban dimension of poverty is one of the factors preventing progress towards economic, social and territorial cohesion, which requires decisive action by the EU institutions and the member states in line with the objectives of the Cohesion Policy
24.10.2019 | Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă & Dragoș Ioniță
07.10.2019 Luis Bouza
Urban mobility is already a hot topic in Spanish local politics. As young people demonstrate against climate change and population concentrates more and more in a few big cities conflicts arise over the usage of the public space for movement.
11.07.2019 | Álvaro Oleart
Three years after the 2016 Brexit referendum, the Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn has officially situated itself in support of a second referendum under any circumstances, in which they will campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal. This is a big step, and its consequences are two-fold.
10.07.2019 | Piotr Zagórski
After EU top jobs nominations: PiS left with nothing and Central and Eastern Europe without representation. This time also the European Union itself lost. Such is the succe
20.06.19 | Luis Bouza
07.06.2019 | Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă & Dragoș Ioniță
31.05.2019 | Andrés Santana & José Rama
27.05.2019 | Luis Bouza
23.05.2019 | Johannes Amann
21.05.2019 | Taru Haapala
17.05.2019 | Álvaro Oleart
10.05.2019 | María Sáenz de Buruaga
03.05.2019 | Carolina Plaza Colodro
04.12.2019 | Sofía de Haro & Luis Bouza
05.04.2019 | Eduard Redondo & Luis Bouza
29.03.2019 | Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner