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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 ...

International Conference “European values and security faced with the Migration and Refugee crisis – A Perspective from the Civil Society”, Skopje, 20 September 2016

International Conference “European values and security faced with the Migration and Refugee crisis – A Perspective from the Civil Society”, Skopje, 20 September 2016
On 20 September I had the privilege to take part as a speaker to the international conference European values and security faced with the migration and refugee crisis – a perspective of the civil society. This conference was initiated by the European Movement in the Republic of Macedonia (EMRM) with the support of the Central ...

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). ...

Romania: migrants. Managing migrants and border control. How temporary is the temporary reestablishment of border controls?

With the current migration management’s crisis and the consequent debate on the Schengen acquis, the EU is facing a challenge that will demand a more comprehensive approach. With a view to shed some light on this issue and better understand the solutions ahead, the Institute of European Democrats decided to launch an external research project ...

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 ...

Migrate another day. Brexit and the migration process.

Migrate another day. Brexit and the migration process.
    The Brexit referendum has proven once more that emotions do have their role in politics and thus the force of populist messages such as “Take back control of our borders” appeal to human nature. If the economic fallout was almost instant and the political ramifications have been equally fast-moving, what will take far ...

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 ...

European Movement International Federal Assembly 2016

On Friday, 27 May 2016 I had the privilege to take part to the European Movement International’s Federal Assembly, within the framework of the European Democratic Party delegation, lead by the EDP Treasurer Jean Marie Beaupuy. The event had an ambitious agenda, packed full of important policy positions to be debated and agreed upon among ...