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When you’re a country, size matters

When you're a country, size matters
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On 26th January 2017 the Slovenian parliament passed a new Aliens Act. This was done regardless of significant opposition of the Slovenian public, letters of warning from Council of Europe and UNHCR among others, and fierce condemnation by national and international non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International. Are you wondering why this law is so special? […]

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European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity

European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity
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The elections of European leaders have been criticised for years as not democratic enough. It all probably culminated in Nigel Farage blatantly asking the newly elected President of the European Council »Who are you?« The same could probably be asked about the new President of the European Parliament. Namely, the EP President is elected every […]

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To accept or not to accept?

To accept or not to accept?
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Referendums and elections are seen as one of the rare occasions in which people get to decide on a particular issue directly, without their elected representatives deciding for them. Switzerland, for example, was hailed for a long time as the country with the most direct democracy. This was seen as a good thing as it […]

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The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope

The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope
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This is not the first time that this country’s politicians have ignored the EU’s efforts and advice. And it is not the first time that the EU has responded by taking new steps in the membership application process. Is it possible then that Bosnia-Herzegovina has found the way to join the Union while purposefully disregarding […]

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