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Turkey In: The Storm’s Eye

1 February 2016 | by

A chorus of international condemnation is growing around Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian state. Yet, the EU finds that the country remains on track to join the union. A closer look reveals the slow meltdown of this candidate member and its hidden fatal flaws threatening the EU itself.

High-Tech Fortress Europe: FRONTEX and the Dronization of Border Management

27 January 2016 | by

Irregular migration has become one of the top issues on the European Union’s (EU) security agenda in terms of securing external borders, protecting the cultural and ethnic identity of EU Member States, safeguarding their socio-economic welfare systems, and combating terrorism and organised crime. However, despite countless political exclusionary discourses, media cover-ups, policy efforts and drastic […]

The EU Circular Economy Package: What it is vs. What it means

18 December 2015 | by

Following a year long delay, the revised EU Circular Economy Package (CEP): Closing the loop – an EU action plan for the Circular Economy was launched by Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission (EC) earlier this month (2 December). The long-awaited report aims to recognise and outline a clear path towards a sustainable and […]

Economic sanctions against Russia: What to expect next?

16 December 2015 | by

This week is likely to be crucial for the extension of EU economic sanctions against Russia. The issue will be discussed by Heads of State during the European Council on Thursday and Friday. Sanctions are due to expire in January 2016 and an extension of six months, waiting for the Minsk Agreements to be fulfilled, […]

Is the Banking Union strong enough to avert the next economic crisis?

14 December 2015 | by

At the heart of the Economic and Monetary Union lies a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, the EMU requires considerable integration of policies at euro zone level, and a high degree of economic discipline at the national level. On the other hand, most people of the euro zone do not want to be ruled […]