Bursting the Bubble

Column: Social Affairs

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What we celebrate with the 60th anniversary of the EU?

31 March 2017 | by Rogier Van Vaerenbergh

This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU. What began with the signing of the Treaties of Rome and the European Community of Coal and Steel has developed in the biggest peace project the world has ever seen. In this year where for the first time the EU will not expand but will […]

EU Women’s empowerment policy: In money we trust?

8 March 2017 | by Natasha Marie Levanti

Gender equality intruded EU jargon in the past years.  Inequality between men and women started to be perceived as a form of discrimination touching many aspects of our lives (work, social position, relationships, education, politics, media, etc.), so gender mainstreaming infiltrated in many EU policies. For instance, the “Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-19” was […]

Can we fight fire with fire when it comes to populism?

6 March 2017 | by Natasha Marie Levanti

Populism has undoubtedly enjoyed a good year in 2016. Emboldened by the successes of Vote Leave and Donald Trump, the trend could continue in 2017, with elections in the Netherlands and France the most immediate litmus tests. Lots of ink, analogue and digital, has been spilled over how the opposite camp (call it progressives, liberals, […]

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

3 March 2017 | by Frank Markovic

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 […]

War on drugs is failing to achieve results

4 May 2016 | by Darius Mikulenas

The infamous Nixon-era term ‘war on drugs’ personifies a set of policies that started to take root in the 1970’s which were aimed at discouraging the production, consumption and distribution of drugs in the U.S. While initial approaches actually led to a reduction of severity of punishments related to the possession of certain substances, in […]