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What’s new, what’s old, what’s next: thoughts on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nargiza Adilov; Marta Grosso; Anne Jouve; Virginia A. Nardelli; Yasmin Sidhu; Philip Stark When Russian troops entered Kyiv on Thursday, February 24th, the invasion of Ukraine shook Europe to its core. As the events unfold, international politics has taken unprecedented directions but has also confirmed trends in security and defence policies. Being students in the…

Poland and the EU: A Bitter Divorce

By Kaitlyn Byrne Poland became a member of the European Union on May 1st, 2004, under the Accession Treaty signed in Athens in April 2003. This involved the commitment to “a stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities” (European Council, 1993).  However, recently, the…

The Joint Procurement Agreement (JPA) vs. public health emergencies: can the JPA win?

By Claudia Mantovan With the current COVID-19 crisis, the ability of the European Union (EU) to effectively face public health emergencies is being questioned once again. In the context of the pandemic, there is need for coordination and solidarity and one of the EU’s tools to try to achieve that is the Joint Procurement Agreement…

Is the European Commission becoming less independent?

By Jamie Millar As the steady enlargement of the European Union continues, the issue of its main executive arm’s independence and politicisation persists. But just how well-founded are these claims that Commissioners are losing autonomy? Is it a merited cause of concern for the overall strength of the Union and for its smaller member states…

State sovereignty, anti-elitism and coal: how national politics affect the implementation of the EU Green Deal in Poland

By Lieke Wiersum In December of 2020, the EU Green Deal was finalized. Since then, progress has been made, but efforts are still insufficient to reach the climate targets formulated in the Paris Agreement. Although all 27 member states signed the deal, many are significantly behind others in implementing suitable measures (Climate Action Tracker, 2021).…

Interest Groups: Some say donations others say bribes – What is the money really for?

By Nicola Mc Grath The European Parliament (EP) has been able to amend legislation since the entry into force of the Single European Act in July 1987, thereby incorporating certain interests and policy aims in the decision making process. Since 2008, the European Union’s (EU) political parties and foundations can receive private financial donations as…

How is public health expenditure hindering Albania from EU accession?

By Dovile Milisauskaite Since the fall of its communist regime in 1990, the Balkan nation of Albania has worked toward a clear goal: European integration. The country, which was isolated economically and politically from the rest of the world just 20 years ago, has been an official candidate for accession to the European Union since 2014.…

The One that got away? How Poland is sidelining the EU’s anti-authoritarianism measures.

By Ekaterina Tarasova Since the accession of the Law and Justice party (PiS) in 2015, Poland has been engaged in democratic backsliding – a process defined as the deliberate undermining of liberal democratic values and the system of checks and balances by the domestic elite in order to achieve its long-term hegemony (Pech and Scheppele,…

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