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Trade is a major pillar of our sector’s global competitiveness. In this respect, both Brexit and recent threats about ‘walling off’ national markets are posing a serious threat to jobs and growth in the European automotive industry. EU auto manufacturers exported more than 6.1 million motor vehicles last year, generating a trade surplus of more… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

Shared responsibility

Guest post by Joakim Palme, Chair, Delmi and Professor of political science at Uppsala University and Kristof Tamas, Director and Head of Secretariat, Delmi. The 2015 refugee crisis led to a series of changes in European Union migration policy, including the reintroduction of border controls and an arrangement with Turkey. Although the influx of asylum… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

When assessing the attempts at conducting reforms, international organizations and states with a steady democracy treat Ukraine diplomatically, with understanding, as if it were a child that is just learning to stand on her own two feet. In other words, if you don’t praise her, you might destroy any desire for learning to walk from… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

  Vasile Rotaru e Andreas Umland (Traduzione: Eleonora Laura M. Rizzi)   Le mosse della Russia in Crimea e nell’Ucraina sud-orientale hanno portato la Nato a rafforzare il principio di solidarietà all’interno dell’Alleanza Nordatlantica e a potenziarne le capacità complessive. In particolare, le mosse della Russia hanno spinto la Romania e la Polonia, i due… » read more

  Posted by Andreas Umland

After last week’s Achmea ruling of the Court of Justice (CJEU) Member States can no longer legally go ahead with ratifying CETA – the mixed Free Trade Agreement that the EU and its Member States agreed with Canada. Achmea casts serious doubts on the legality of CETA’s investment chapter, which allows investors from one Party… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

In late January, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project received permission for construction and operation where it would make landfall in Germany. Nord Stream 2, like its first iteration, seeks to transit 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian natural gas annually—by the Baltic Sea instead of through Ukraine. By redirecting gas flows, the Kremlin… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Guest blog post by Nicolas Tenzer. Tenzer is chairman of the Paris-based Centre for Study and Research for Political Decision (CERAP). Institutions of democratic transparency and judicial independence recast as a “deep state.” A ruling party determined to stand by criminally tainted figures. George Soros invoked as an insidious force fomenting political instability. That description… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest post by Cambre CEO Tom Parker. With the EU to set out its latest guidelines on the Brexit negotiations later today, much attention will be given to the negative reception to Theresa May’s pick and mix approach to accessing the single market. In particular, financial services and her dashed hopes for the City continuing… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest post by the steering committee of the Progressive Caucus* – Guillaume Balas (MEP, S&D), Sergio Cofferati (MEP, S&D), Eva Joly (MEP, Greens/EFA), Curzio Maltese (MEP, GUE/NGL), Florent Marcellesi (Greens/EFA), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (MEP, GUE/NGL), Georgi Pirinski (MEP, S&D), Elly Schlein (MEP, S&D), Ernest Urtasun (MEP, Greens/EFA). *The Progressive Caucus is a space of dialogue based… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Vladimír Bartovic, Martin Michelot, Zuzana Stuchlíková and Vít Havelka react to the informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government held on the 23rd of February 2018.   Vladimír Bartovic | Why the Czech government refuses changes in the EU architecture   During the informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels last… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

    Guest post by Claude Cahn. The author is Human Rights Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the author of the book Human Rights, State Sovereignty and Medical Ethics: Examining Struggles around Coercive Sterilisation of Romani Women (Brill, 2015). This article does not necessarily… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Kosovo’s elite might soon be facing justice, if of an imperfect kind. Whether and how justice will be made is up to the EU, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela. Guest post by Andrea Lorenzo Capussela. Capussela is the author of State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans and The Political Economy of… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Ukraine’s commitments under the Association Agreement with the EU in terms of customs regulations can be split into two major groups, as follows: Commitments regarding approximation of customs legislation (Annex XV of the Agreement) and Commitments of a general nature (Chapter 5 “Customs and Trade Facilitation” of the Agreement). With regard to the first group… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Guest post by Jean-Jacques Neuer, Lawyer-Solicitor On 27 February, the European Court of Justice – ECJ – is about to pronounce a judgement invalidating all agreements made by the European Union with China because of the latter’s presence in Tibet, with Russia as it has annexed Crimea and with the United States, which does not… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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