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The recent global ransomware attack ones more showed the world how dependent we are on digital infrastructure and how vulnerable this infrastructure is to the outside world. Anywhere in the world viruses, malware, etc. can be developed from a computer and start a chain reaction. Good reason to protect data from getting blocked, stolen or… » read more

  Posted by Antonius Voluptarius

The EU as a ‘normative power’ is delusional, writes Emilie Naulot. Using the example of the diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, this article argues that when economic and security interests are at stake, ideological pretensions tend to be left aside. Indeed, Taiwan ticks all the boxes to be considered as a sovereign nation-state and exhibits good… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

On April 16, the Turkish people voted in a constitutional referendum deciding whether to broaden the Presidential office’s influence at the expense of the parliament, further undermining the fragile Turkish parliamentary democracy and pushing it further towards authoritarianism. Erdogan’s razor-thin victory of (51,3%), allowed for the realization of his long-time effort to redefine his position… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Elettra Di Massa, EU Politics postgraduate student at LSE discusses the consequences of increased EU-Libya cooperation on migration management, and why this approach is not feasible, both on grounds of human rights and effective migration management. Since the EU hammered out a deal with Turkey in March 2016, EU officials and national governments have been… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

The German cabinet on April 5 approved a “Draft Law to Improve Law Enforcement in Social Networks” (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz), ostensibly aimed at combatting disinformation and hate speech, that raises concerns about restrictions on free expression and the privatization of censorship. The law would compel social media companies to remove content or risk fines as high as… » read more

  Posted by Committee to Protect Journalists

To say that EU-Turkey relations are under strain is a strong understatement. Perhaps the only reason (NATO concerns aside) why EU member states have not officially put a stop to the accession negotiations is enlightened self-interest in the refugee deal. Megaphone diplomacy and diplomatic tactics at or over the far end of the spectrum of… » read more

  Posted by Antonius Voluptarius

This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Asylum and the EU” at its launching conference. Written by Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. Tear down those… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

  This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Mitigating Conflict” at its launching conference. By Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. Tackling the roots of the… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

Genval, 15th February – Today, the European Parliament has given its consent to the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). In line with the usual European practice, CETA will be temporarily applied as from 1st March, a controversial practice which raises many eyebrows. This is a sad day for public health policy as now… » read more

  Posted by EU ZMK's Diary

  By Jan Mayrhofer Last year, the European Union committed to fostering sustainable growth and development and tackling climate change. The proposed new framework for the EU’s development policy recognises the linkages between both issues, but the EU must be more innovative to fight the injustices of climate change. When the Paris climate deal was… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

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