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Guest post by Pedro-Manuel López In a summer in which an average of five refugees crossing the Bavarian-Austrian per day can cause a German government crisis and wrangling over European harbor access for half a dozen ships transporting rescued refugees leads to an emergency EU summit, it seems fitting to conceive new elite border patrol… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

For more than one year your author has been avidly following the regular news and gossip updates from the United States regarding the Mueller investigation. It is one of the reasons why this blog has been so quiet – the news I am most interested in appears to have little EU relevance. Then this weekend… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

As the dust settles over the wreckage left by President Trump’s visit to Europe, two things have caught my attention. The first concerns his attitude to the allies of the US, in the form of NATO and members of the EU. He gave everyone a hard time but I noticed – perhaps I am alone… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

Thanks to the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, significant changes will be made to the national food legislation, including the regulation of providing information to consumers, in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. Adoption… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

US divorces Europe

Europe is in the anticipation of NATO summit which will take place on June, 11-12 in Brussels. Before this meeting the Pentagon thoroughly analyzed all allies’ expenses on collective defence. It turned out that NATO members’ defence budgets don’t reflect real needs of the Alliance. Among the twenty-nine members, only the United States is really… » read more

  Posted by News from the Baltic States

The European Union and Ukraine have a broad range of tools of integration covering different aspects of relations: Association Agreement, law enforcement and readmission cooperation, visa liberalization, Creative Europe etc. Both parties expressed intention to cooperate on joining Ukraine to Customs Union, Energy Union, and Single Digital Market. Launch of visa-free regime was the second… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

The changes made by the Treaty of Lisbon (making the European Council a proper institution, appointing a permanent EU president) and related practices (electing the Commission President via Spitzencandidaten, systematic use of trilogues at first reading) have reduced the European Union to a big bureaucratic body led by a Commission that takes refuge in low-level… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Guest blog post by Mauricio Ruiz, Freelance Journalist “Morocco has made significant progress in promoting democracy and the respect of human rights,” said Willy Fautré, Director and Co-founder of Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF), on Tuesday June 26th, at the European Parliament. “There are nonetheless a number of issues that still need to be addressed,… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

New report shows why the planned EU ban on unfair trading practices is urgently needed Millions of women and men who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry, reveals a new report published by Oxfam today. The report, ‘Ripe for Change’, also assesses… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Guest blog post by Maarten de Groot, Campaign Coordinator ECI campaign and Daniela Vancic. The ECI Campaign is highly disappointed that the majority of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament yesterday decided to ignore our call, supported by more than 70 civil society organisations, to take greater ownership and responsibility for the European… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Eugenio Cusumano, assistant professor in International Relations, University of Leiden The recent disembarkation in Valencia of the migrants rescued by the Aquarius, a ship operated by the charity SO-Mediterranée, solves a diplomatic standoff in danger of turning into a humanitarian crisis. The roads and sea routes to hell, however, are paved… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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