Bursting the Bubble

Frank Markovic

Frank Markovic

About Frank

Frank is a founding member of EuropeanPublicAffairs.EU.

I have obtained a BA degree in politics at the University of Exeter and an MA degree in European Public Affairs at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. I have previously worked in Brussels and I am currently studying international relations and diplomacy at College of Europe.

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Articles by Frank:

Macron’s EUtopia of equals: Should France be pointing fingers at others while undermining the EU?

28 June 2017

After the presidential and parliamentary victories of Emmanuel Macron and his party earlier this year, many in Europe expect that the EU will rise from the self-defeating lethargy of slow demise. Expectations are high among the EU establishment who have welcomed this as an opportunity to finally press ahead with more integration – expectations that […]

Brexit: Should Visegrád countries fight for free movement of workers?

3 March 2017

Central and Eastern European states are faced with a demographic crisis that has a potential to seriously undermine the region’s geopolitical strength and economic prosperity. Aging population, underpinned by the mass emigration and brain drain are a nightmare in waiting and an economic time bomb in disguise. Surprising as it may be, the upcoming Brexit […]

MEP Richard Sulik on Trump, Migrant Crisis and Islam. What are Europe’s Challenges and how to tackle them?

25 November 2016

Richard Sulik is a leader of Slovakia’s liberal party SaS (strana Sloboda a Solidarita). He is a former President of the country’s Parliament and since 2014 he has been elected a Member of the European Parliament. He is affiliated with and sits within the European Conservatives and Reformists faction. As leader of Slovakia’s opposition he […]

Bratislava Summit: beginning of the end for the EU?

26 September 2016

The recent Bratislava summit was supposed to be the beginning of a long and arduous process of the EU’s own reinvention in its post-Brexit reality. The process was to be kick-started in Bratislava and it was to demonstrate the unity of EU Member States. Instead, the meeting in Slovakia was broken off in a spirit […]

Slovakia’s EU Presidency: Brexit, divided Europe and an opportunity to restore the tarnished reputation

1 July 2016

Today the Netherlands hands over the reins of the EU Council presidency to Slovakia. The challenges at hand could not be more consequential: the EU structures are being undermined by the popular revolt that has moved beyond symbolism and fringes of the society. The next six months will therefore be crucial in setting the tone […]

Brexit: Revolutions are won on ideals

14 June 2016

What I tell my friends when they ask about Brexit As we draw closer to what promises to be a momentous vote for both the future of the UK and Europe – the British referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union – I have observed a peculiar phenomenon. My friends, profoundly concerned about […]

Dutch Referendum: a symbolic blow to the establishment & an opportunity for change

7 April 2016

Over the course of the past decade or so, the Netherlands has had two opportunities to snub the EU elites and it has not passed on either of the two: first in 2005 when the country voted against the Lisbon Treaty and then yesterday when the Dutch held a popular vote on the EU-Ukraine trade […]

The EU needs to fight fear with hope

30 March 2016

We live in uncertain times. Our lives are dominated by the narrative of fear and our societies have become a sombre epitome of divides that run deep and wide, but in principle follow the same logic of the “us” and “them” mentality. Global warming, the economic and refugee crises, Russia’s expansionist foreign policy and Islamic […]

The Dire Straits of Brexit: Potential implications for the EU, UK and the V4

19 February 2016

This article was co-written by Dr Christian Schweiger, Frank Markovic & Tomas A. Nagy. Towards the ´inevitable´ referendum As the third largest member state in terms of population, the UK has in principle a substantial political weight inside the EU. Since the UK joined the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, reluctantly and only after […]

Refugee Crisis: Bridging the gap between Old and New Europe

13 January 2016

Europe: Perpetual state of Crisis For almost half a century now, the Society of the German Language has chosen the so called Word of the Year – a word or a group of words that in the past 12 months made the most significant contribution to the country’s history. Last year’s winner? “Fluechtlinge” or in […]

A missed opportunity for V4 to rise above themselves

28 September 2015

During the recent weeks and months the EU has become consumed by the events of the refugee crisis unfolding both on Europe’s external and internal borders. Regrettably, the ongoing humanitarian tragedy has been reduced to the mere question of refugee quotas – and often at the expense of solutions that would address the cause of […]

Has the Problem of Youth Unemployment Become a Secondary Issue?

23 September 2015

The second week of September was chosen by the European Commission as the European Week of Sport – a new initiative aimed at promoting healthier lifestyle and regular exercise. While pioneered by the European Commission, the European Week of Sport was largely geared towards local grass root initiatives across the EU. One of these initiatives […]

EU Autumn of Discontent: What awaits the V4?

3 September 2015

As summer slowly winds down, European leaders – both in Brussels and national capitals – are going to be exposed to challenges which they had temporarily shelved aside to be solved at a later date. Some of these issues, notably the refugee crisis and the upcoming EU referendum in the UK, are of particular relevance […]

European Week of Sport: What Role Does Sport Play in Dealing with Youth Unemployment?

21 August 2015

In order to promote a healthier lifestyle and to inspire Europeans to exercise on a regular basis, the European Commission has dedicated the second week of September to the European Week of Sport. Taking place at EU, national, regional and local level, the initiative aims at facilitating sporting events that can improve people’s habits and […]

What next for the UK: Why the EU referendum concerns us all

13 May 2015

The general election results in the UK took many pundits, politicians as well as the general public, by surprise. The pre-election speculations on potential coalitions and political deals came to no avail, as the Conservatives mastered a tight majority in the House of Commons and will for the next five years govern on their own. […]

The Future of the Banking Union: ECB’s supervisory role challenged at EU’s court

9 April 2015

While our eyes are currently firmly fixed on Greece, which is often perceived as the most acute threat to the Eurozone’s future, in the meantime the stability of the Europe’s monetary union is being undermined by the back door. That is because the newly established supervisory role for the European Central Bank (ECB) has recently […]

The Truth Behind Youth Unemployment: Collective cost of individual disengagement

9 March 2015

A week ago the Eurostat published the latest of the series of EU unemployment figures. There is good news and bad news. The level of unemployment level fell from December’s 9.9% to 9.8%. On a year-on-year comparison the overall unemployment rate decreased by 0.8% or 1.82 million people. That is certainly not an insignificant figure […]

Slovakia’s Anti-Gay Referendum: Will Political Apathy Save Democracy?

30 January 2015

On Saturday 7th February Slovakia will hold a popular vote which, if successful, will further undermine the legal standing of the local LGBT community in the eyes of the state. 4.4 million Slovak citizens will get a chance to express their opinion on three following questions: Do you agree that no other cohabitation of persons […]

Hungary’s Internet Tax: Continuing to undermine the country’s democratic principles

31 October 2014

In the past week, Hungary’s government led by self-styled Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been faced with one of the biggest challenges since his accession to power in 2010. Hundreds of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets on Tuesday and last weekend to protest against the recently announced tax on Internet use – a […]

Why Holding an EU Referendum May Be a Good Idea After All: Learning the value of the EU not just its price

15 October 2014

Judging by the media attention that numerous EU-sceptic movements have drawn these past few years, it would appear that Europe has entered the age of its disintegration. From Clacton’s by-election which has delivered UKIP its first MP in Westminster to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s illiberal dream of rapprochement with Russia, the media outlets pay […]

What lies behind Visegrad Four’s different positions towards Ukraine and Russia?

5 September 2014

The current conflict over Ukraine has quickly escalated into a matter of geopolitical importance. Cornered by the events and pushed into assuming a position, the EU has officially responded to the situation by imposing sanctions against Russia in three waves. While the EU has so far largely managed to speak with one voice, this does […]

Summer Holiday

10 August 2014

Dear Europeanpublicaffairs.eu readers, We would like to thank you for all your support in reading, liking and sharing our articles in the past year. Our commitment to you is the driving force behind our efforts in continuing to deliver interesting and good quality articles. During the upcoming summer weeks our team will be taking some […]

Having learnt from mistakes of past, the EU must avoid new ones: Need for a more inclusive & enlarged Union

30 July 2014

Europe, in its long and eventful history, has become both victim to and perpetrator of the most horrific acts of brutality. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the bloodiest displays of carnage that human kind has ever seen. World War I was bound to end all wars and a decisive victory of […]

Conservative Socialism: the Curious Case of Slovakia’s Social Democratic Party

11 July 2014

Our human nature is simple: once firmly convinced that something is true, it is difficult, even in light of evidence to change one’s opinion. That is because often the gap between us thinking something to be true and it actually being true is unbridgeable. Relying on ideological shortcuts, we all sometimes befall victim to myths. […]

Did you know…? A round-up of news from Central Europe #1

18 June 2014

In the hype of allegedly more consequential and newsworthy events, many of us have become blissfully unaware of developments in the region of Central Europe. It is because I do believe that the path to better Europe ultimately leads via a better understanding of one another, I have decided to do my bit and periodically […]

Better Ownership of the EU: Key to Higher Turnout in the European Elections?

28 May 2014

The European elections are done and dusted. Although some of the implications of last week’s vote will not materialize for some time to come, we can draw one conclusion already: Europeans are increasingly feeling disengaged from the European Union. This is true despite the EU-wide turnout slightly increasing since 2009, due to many of the […]

Any Questions…? #8

7 May 2014

A Selection of the best questions MEPs asked EU institutions on your behalf. Whether you think of them as a democratic Antichrist or quite the opposite, a manifestation and celebration of (trans-) democracy, the European elections are finally upon us. That means MEPs are packing their precious belongings and heading back home to campaign for […]

Hungary’s Democratic Standards: a Slippery Slope to Autocracy

26 March 2014

A litmus test for any democracy is free and fair elections. Since accession to power in 2010, Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has worked hard to enact legal and often constitutional changes which have, in consequence, moved the country away from democratic principles. Hungary has become a country where all executive and control mechanisms have been […]

Europe’s secure food supply jeopardised: only 6% of the EU’s farmers are below the age of 35

14 March 2014

Although the full scale effects are yet to materialize, sustainability of Europe’s own food supply is under threat. For years now, the farming community has been faced with a demographic crisis with not enough young farmers joining the ranks. Only 6% of European farmers are currently under the age of 35. With youth unemployment in […]

Any Questions…? #6

5 March 2014

A selection of the best questions MEPs asked EU institutions on your behalf. The spring has come, and with the thaw of imaginary snow here in Brussels the political activities of the Members of the European Parliament are picking up speed. Especially since we are all eagerly counting down the time until the elections in […]

Restrictions to Freedom of Movement for Labour: the Culture of Something for Nothing

21 February 2014

With the recent developments in Switzerland, the pan-European rise of popularity of the extreme right, and the recurring theme of xenophobia whipped up by the national press, one can be rightfully concerned whether the anti-migration movement in Europe is gathering pace in the run-up to the EU elections in May. Sadly, but not surprisingly, recent […]

Any Questions… ? #5

12 February 2014

A selection of the best questions MEPs asked EU institutions on your behalf.  It will not be a surprise for many to learn that January is the coldest month of the year – or at least as far as the Northern Hemisphere is concerned. While the temperatures across Europe plummet to sometimes unbearable lows, rest […]

Democracy should not be taken for granted – the recent developments in Central and Eastern Europe

18 December 2013

Notwithstanding the “natural” selection procedure of news worthy stories that the media tend to subject themselves to, it is important that we keep ourselves abreast with issues that have perhaps not warranted as much media coverage but which nevertheless matter. In the midst of the Ukrainian upheaval (read here and here) the region of Central […]

EU not serious enough about the future of Ukraine

27 November 2013

After a marathon of endless negotiations between the EU and Ukraine, it seemed almost inevitable that the two parties would come to an agreement and sign the so-called Association Agreement. With the Vilnius Summit one day away, last week’s decision by the Ukrainian government to halt the pursuit of closer integration with the EU has […]

Any Questions…?

7 November 2013

A Selection of the best questions MEPs asked EU institutions on your behalf. It is again the beginning of the month, and that can only mean one thing: another healthy dose of our selection of the best of what Members of the European Parliament asked on your behalf in October. Since your lives are already […]

The Western European Union?

4 September 2013

The good old-fashioned political contestations – a.k.a. elections – are usually accompanied by media platforms and public spaces becoming overcrowded by political gibberish. Nothing unusual, you might say. Except in the case when, more often than not, politicians let us in on a little exposé of their deeply rooted prejudices. For the latest victim of the […]

In Europe, We’re All Equal (Unless We’re Not)

8 May 2013

January 2013 marked the beginning of the European Year of Citizens – a year dedicated to citizens and their rights. As part of this EU initiative a number of town hall debates with citizens, hosted by Commissioners, will be held across Europe. One such debate took place on Saturday 4th May here in Brussels. Some […]

Hungary’s unique solution to low birth rates

26 April 2013

Hungary, like many other European countries, is currently struggling to achieve positive population growth. In simple terms, the country is slowly dying out. But with Hungary being the 26th most innovative country in the world, you can rest assured the government would have a solution up its sleeve to remedy and avert what seems to […]

Thatcher: A Legacy to Remember

10 April 2013

In the current climate of political indifference, Margaret Thatcher (MT) was a Prime Minister (PM) of unique character. She was a woman with a vision for Britain and Europe. She was unapologetic about her convictions and beliefs. When analysing the political life of the first female PM of Britain one has to, however, be careful […]