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European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity

European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity
Nina Kocijan

Nina Kocijan

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Nina has a BA in European Studies from the University of Ljubljana, and an MA in Political Science from University of Manchester. Her primary research interest is the EU, more specifically its foreign relations, enlargement policy and its relations with the candidate countries i.e. the Western Balkans. She is currently based in Ljubljana where she is working on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as part of a French Civic Service team.
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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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EU citizenship for sale!

EU citizenship for sale!
Veronique Cimina

Veronique Cimina

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Veronique is a recently Master’s graduate in EU Law at Leiden University, Netherlands, with a thesis in Competition Law and specific research on EU migration law and its current crisis. Veronique obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, with a thesis on the Responsibility to Protect and its failure to be truly effective in humanitarian crisis. Currently, she is a legal assistant in national Tax and Compliance law in Rome. She is interested in European law and governance, politics and international relations. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and listening to music.
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In November 2013, the Maltese Government approved the “Individual Investor Programme (IPP)” scheme aimed at bringing cash and investments in the country. This, in itself, is nothing extraordinary. However, the issue becomes more interesting once we start looking more into the details of the scheme. The law enables investors to buy a Maltese passport and […]

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Tax avoidance policy: can we balance morality and economy?

Tax avoidance policy: can we balance morality and economy?
Marina Martinova

Marina Martinova

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Marina Martinova studies International Relations and World Politics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After doing an exchange programme in Sciences Po (Paris), she completed an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Her interests lie in global financial governance, integration, European politics and geopolitics. Alpinism, cycling, debating and reading are among her favourite pastimes.
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To end the scourge of tax avoidance, the EU commission re-launched in October 2016 its proposal to create a corporation tax regime common for all EU members – The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). This initiative is in the mainstream of global politics, since a number of measures targeting tax avoidance have been proposed […]

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European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion

European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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The word solidarity appears 16 times in the European treaties – we know because President Juncker counted. The Commission President mentioned the impressive word count in his State of the Union address to justify the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps. The scheme would see the EU’s youth spring to aid anywhere in Europe when […]

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Apple, Ireland and the EU: considerations on just corporate tax regimes

Apple, Ireland and the EU: considerations on just corporate tax regimes
Marta Cioci
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Marta Cioci

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am currently enrolled in the MA in European Affairs programme at Sciences Po, Paris. Having graduated with a dissertation on the Ukrainian crisis from my BA Hons in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Westminster, London, I have developed an interest in EU relations with Russia. My research primarily focuses on EU governance, migration, geopolitics, issues of conflict solving, diplomacy, nuclear weapons. My interests are also ethno-nationalism, notions of mass obedience and group conformism, the concept of nation-state, and the 1930s totalitarianist regimes in Europe.
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The Commission’s pronouncement epitomizes an appropriate response to Ireland’s ad hoc corporate tax break regime, specifically tailored for Apple. Margrethe Vestager’s clampdown outlines as an arithmetic operation designated to determine the tax amount Apple should have deposited with the Irish fiscal authorities in absence of such tax allowance. Under such tax arrangement envisioning a 0.005% […]

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Waltraud Schelkle: “Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms”

Waltraud Schelkle: "Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms"
Francesca Coppola

Francesca Coppola

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and she is now about to obtain her Master degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Before her internship at Politheor, she interned at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.
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WS: I find it impossible to make such a statement. There are so many scenarios, that there is no basis on which one can compute the cost of keeping the Euro area together and compare it to the cost of breaking it up. Besides, there is an interest in keeping the present system: even when […]

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It is up to the Commission to guide into the right way to EU democracy

It is up to the Commission to guide into the right way to EU democracy
Jacob Thaler

Jacob Thaler

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Jacob is a prospective graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he will pursue a Master’s degree in Theory and History of International Relations. He received his BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Mannheim (UMA), Germany with a focus on EU politics, in particular the relationship between the member states and EU institutions. In his Master’s dissertation he intends to apply Historical Institutionalism to the study of European integration. His work experience includes a research assistantship at the Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms” at UMA and an editorial traineeship at the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
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When the European Coal and Steel Community came into being in July 1952, the founding governments felt that the mines and factories of Northern and Eastern France, Belgium, Luxemburg and West Germany already formed a single economic unit. 64 years later, the “Take back control”-Brexiteers cry foul and leave a message on Britain’s empty chair […]

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The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act

The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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President Juncker of the European Commission has described the refugee crisis as the EU’s foremost priority. In 2015, more than a million migrants sought refuge in the EU; another 1.5 million are expected to arrive in 2016, and 0.5 million in 2017. This unprecedented influx of refugees and the EU’s discordant management of the crisis […]

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Europe of concentric circles… or divergent values

Europe of concentric circles… or divergent values
Svetlana Slavcheva

Svetlana Slavcheva

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Svetlana Slavcheva is an EU affairs professional from Bulgaria. She holds an MA degree for the Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels. She worked with the Europe Direct Contact Centre as EU communication officer and with the European Business Summit as Event Coordinator.
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The question of what the EU is and should become has been in the air ever since its initial creation. Through many difficult negotiations and crisis, the EU and its Member states have found a way to sneak through a concrete answers to these questions and somehow move forward. With the UK voting to leave […]

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Brave New Euro

Brave New Euro
Cedric Algoed

Cedric Algoed

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Cedric Algoed holds an MA in Economics from the University of Ghent. He is currently enrolled in an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security at the VU Amsterdam. He focuses on civil war, the political economy of conflict and rebel governance.
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Many economists weighed in on the persistently sluggish economic performances of European countries. On August 16, Nobel Prize winner Josef Stiglitz released his new book The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. Yes, the title is misleading. Stiglitz argues that economic integration outpaced political integration. Barring an institutional overhaul, it could […]

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