Politics

30-07-2021

The Brief – Sun, sand, sea … staycation

The Brief takes its own summer holiday from today. In practice, few will be jetting off to somewhere warm. COVID-19 case rates are still stubbornly high, travel restrictions are still tight and most of us will be staying at home, again.
29-07-2021

The Brief – Waiting for the next wave

There is news you want to hear, and news you will ignore. These days, Europeans are packing for their summer vacations. The news we don’t want to hear is that by the time we return from well-deserved holidays, the next wave of COVID-19 will have gathered force.
Elections 28-07-2021

The Brief – There is no medicine for regret

As Germany settles in for the summer and a heavy heat blanket slows political activity in Berlin down to a near standstill, many die-hard Green voters eyeing September's election are heading to their vacation destinations - by train, of course - in a sombre mood.
Brexit 23-07-2021

The Brief – It takes EU to tango

As EU officials prepare for their holidays, they have an extra reason to pack their bags faster than usual; to avoid the siren call of British politicians haranguing them to reopen parts of the Brexit settlement. It would be easy,...
Future EU 23-07-2021

Kaczynski and Putin’s alliance without friendship

It is wrong to assume that Europe's far-right are divided in their attitudes to Putin's Russia, writes Maciej Kisilowski.
Data protection 21-07-2021

The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)

The Pegasus Project's revelations remind us that journalists, officials and activists all over the world are still closely being watched by national and foreign intelligence services.

The Brief – Flattery by imitation

There’s no flattery like imitation, at least when it comes to migration control. Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania’s parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.
20-07-2021

Bring the Erasmus Generation to the Conference on the Future of Europe

The Erasmus Generation has mostly remained behind the scenes within NGOs, multinationals, and public administration. It is time for them to take on more political responsibilities and use their hands-on understanding of Europe, writes João Pinto.
Future EU 16-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – Return to the Dark Ages

Thousands of demonstrators gathered across Greece this week to protest against the government’s push to effectively make immunisation against COVID-19 mandatory in order to lead a normal life.
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Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

We are struggling to get out of bed, but we still demand a seat at the table

While the coronavirus pandemic has left a scar on an entire generation of young people’s mental health; a youth-led political simulation game has exposed the failure of governments to support its young people. Rebecca Gaff is a Project Assistant at...
15-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – It’s the youth, stupid

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easier. Fish are jumping and although COVID is high, and a nasty variant too, it's not yet at everyone's doors, at least for the time being.
14-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – The guts to put pineapple on pizza

Italy's latest proud moments in Europe were prepared with an unconventional recipe that would tease purists of Italian culture.
Elections 07-07-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Everything but content

Two and a half months before the German parliamentary election, the campaign is stuck in a maze of political misgivings, ranging between bad taste and mud-fight, abounding in everything but content, it seems.
02-07-2021

The Brief, powered by ESA – The Merkelian pragmatism

The paradox of Angela Merkel is that while it is hard to imagine the last twenty years of European politics without her, it is equally tough to think of her legacy as anything other than a manager.
30-06-2021

Slovenian Presidency with Janša: What happens on Twitter should stay on Twitter

Prime Minister Janez Janša, who is under fire in Western media as Slovenia takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, may be clumsy on Twitter but he is not an autocrat, writes Žiga Turk.

The Brief, powered by ESA – Contracting out asylum

With the EU’s latest plans for a pact on migration and asylum making little more progress than their predecessors, member states are taking matters into their own hands and not just the usual suspects.
Brexit 25-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Five years

Lest we forget, five years ago this week the UK voted to leave the EU. It seems like a world away, yet it is striking how little has changed.
24-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Rainbow EU, divided EU

Who would have thought it? With such big issues like Russia and Turkey on the EU summit agenda, not to mention the COVID-19 travel certificate, without which our holidays will be spoiled, LGBTQI+ rights would eclipse both geopolitics and our sacrosanct lifestyle?

Catalan pardons are welcome but the political conflict is not over

The release of nine Catalan pro-independence leaders is a welcome end to years of suffering. But the political battle is far from over, writes Jordi Solé i Ferrando.
Brexit 22-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Not so settled status

Whether or not the UK government and EU counterparts care to admit it, living abroad has become more complicated in the age of no more free movement.
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22-06-2021

Another future for Europe

‘Democracy owes its existence to Christianity'. These words were uttered by Robert Schuman, the primary founding father of the European Union, half a century ago.
Global Europe 18-06-2021

Time for transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement

As numbers of displaced people across the world reach an all-time high, it’s time to restore transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement, writes David Miliband.
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17-06-2021

Has Covid-19 left a ‘pandemic scar’ on young people?

The end is in sight. Restrictions are lifting and slowly but surely, we’re starting to feel ‘normal’ again. Across Europe and beyond, offices are starting to reopen, empty classrooms have welcomed back students, and spending time with family and friends...
Non-discrimination 16-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ITI – Nothing left to say

We are looking into it. That is the answer that the Guardian of the Treaties - documents that enshrine the principles of equality and human rights into EU law - gave in response to a new Hungarian law that tramples those very rights by lumping together LGBTQI+ people in with paedophiles.