Guest article: Urban democracy*

Guest article: Urban democracy*
Richard Rogers: “When public space is eroded, our civic culture suffers, even our democracy.”   Nowadays political process cannot be defined only as the relations between actors seeking power. Understanding of political day-to-day realities cannot be limited to the direct analysis of relations of power only. The realm of politics is so comprehensive that it ...

Guest article: The emergence of Euroscepticism in France. How the Front National challenged the political status-quo.

Guest article: The emergence of Euroscepticism in France. How the Front National challenged the political status-quo.
A few months before the presidential election in France, Euroscepticism is in all debates. Here are some elements of understanding of this phenomenon. From 1951 to 1992: No real presence of euroscepticism in France In 1951 France with Belgium, West Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Luxembourg have founded the European Coal and Steel Community. In 1957 ...

Guest article: “India-EU relations: What does the future hold?”

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World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it. Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity. The aforementioned is an excerpt from the historic speech ...

Guest article: “Europe’s response to radicalisation: the need for a shared commitment”

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On 6 September 2016, I had the opportunity to attend to quite a controversial conference-debate called  “L’Europe face à la ‘radicalisation’ : de la nécessité d’un engagement commun” (Europe’s response to radicalisation: the need for a shared commitment) organised in the Catholic University of Louvain (Brussels, Belgium) by the think tank European Muslim Network (EMN). ...

Guest article: Brexit and the European Union budget. Impact on Romania. Preliminary thoughts

Guest article: Brexit and the European Union budget. Impact on Romania. Preliminary thoughts
“I want my money back” (Lady Margaret Thatcher) Everyone in these hot summer days speak about Brexit and its impact upon the EU future. If a lot of relevant analysis have been already done on areas of outmost importance such as politics, security, migration and so on my small piece shall focus on the impact ...

A regional perspective on Black Sea Flotilla. Sound premises or is just building castles in Spain?

A regional perspective on Black Sea Flotilla. Sound premises or is just building castles in Spain?
Starting premises In accordance with the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits (1936) that gives Turkey control over the Bosporus Straits and the Dardanelles and regulates the transit of naval warships. Non-Black Sea state warships in the Straits must be under 15,000 tons. No more than nine non-Black Sea state warships, with a total aggregate tonnage of no more than 30,000 ...

Guest article: “Democracy: the cornerstone of a free society”

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Nowadays, who is not democrat? Raise your hand. You may ask: What is it today to declare yourself to be a democrat when everyone is a democrat? We, Young Democrats for Europe, put democracy at the core of our engagement. Democracy is not, and shouldn’t be, a punctual event in our citizenship. Democracy isn’t a ...

Guest article: “Russian demographics, winter or spring?”

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On September 2nd, 2014, Masha Gessen published in the reference magazine New York Review of Books (NYR) an article with a provocative title, , illustrated by a lugubrious winter picture, taken in 1997 at the train station of a small town southwest of Moscow, Aprelevka. […] Between 1991 and 1999, the Russian birth rate collapsed, and ...

Guest article: “Germany moves to the right!”

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State elections in Germany: right-wing-populist-party AfD enters three parliaments During the past weeks, Germans have often made fun of the Americans. “How can they vote for someone like Donald Trump?” German people would ask. And they cannot be blamed. The Republicans’ presidential candidate wants to forbid the entry in the United States to Muslims; he ...