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When you’re a country, size matters

When you're a country, size matters
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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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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Good practices on disability rights: no more stones on the road

Good practices on disability rights: no more stones on the road
Satzhan Mukatayev

Satzhan Mukatayev

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Satzhan M. Mukatayev is currently pursuing Bachelor degree in International law at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakhstan), he completed an internship in “School of International Diplomacy”. He also works at private firm as Junior Lawyer. His interests lie in international private law, integration, human rights.
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Moreover, poverty rates amongst people with disabilities are 70% higher than average. More than 30% of people with disabilities over 75 years old are restricted to some extent, and 20% are severely restricted. The percentage of people with disabilities is set to rise as the European Union population ages. The European Union and its Member […]

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Putting local food back into our cities

Putting local food back into our cities

Darragh Cunningham

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Darragh Cunningham holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin. He is primarily interested in policy issues related to climate change, green infrastructure, smart cities, sustainability and urbanisation. Darragh has recently undertaken a policy research internship for the Green Party in Ireland. From January 2017 he shall be part of the Projects Team for the EuroCities Network in Brussels on a work experience placement.
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Currently, many Europeans are unaware of where their food comes from. Supply chains are lengthy and complex, oftentimes coming from far-flung destinations which makes finding the provenance of one’s food far from being a straightforward process. Sustainable local food and urban gardening are concepts which have arisen to prominence in recent years. Citizens are increasingly […]

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School-aged refugees: Are they a burden or a social responsibility?

School-aged refugees: Are they a burden or a social responsibility?

Sandra Bahous

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Sandra is a New-York qualified attorney and holds a bachelor's degree in finance from McGill University. In the past year, she has worked with Amnesty International on raising awareness on cases involving prisoners of conscience, refugee rights, and capital punishment. She is currently a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School working alongside a professor on research and case writing for an MBA course on leadership and corporate accountability. She is interested in bringing forth policy issues arising in the Middle East including gender equality, political economy, and human rights.
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The 1951 Refugee Convention outlines the rights of the displaced and the legal obligations of States to protect them. The Convention asserts the principle of non-refoulement, whereby countries vow not to return refugees where there is evidence they could face persecution, and outlines the various obligations that host nations have to protect the fundamental human […]

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European Elections and Migration: what we’ve learnt – and what to expect

European Elections and Migration: what we’ve learnt – and what to expect
Rossella Lombardi

Rossella Lombardi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Rossella Lombardi holds an MA in European studies from the universities of Bath and Berlin and a BA in human rights and politics from the University of Padova. She has work experience in the fields of education and migration.
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The future of European unity relies, for a good part, on the electoral choices of Germany, France, the Netherlands, and perhaps Italy. The populist threat deriving from their outcome could have enormous implications – in terms of national politics, economics, and, naturally, European policy-making. Migration plays an undeniable role in the shaping of electoral campaigns […]

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The need for a new security discourse

The need for a new security discourse
Monica Esposito

Monica Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Monica Esposito holds an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. She collaborates with research centres in Italy and she is currently an intern at the Chaire Baillet Latour at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
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Security should be framed in terms of society rather than in terms of the state. We therefore need to introduce the concept of “societal security“: the security of a society is compromised when that society has the impression that its own identity is compromised. Far right parties often rely on this identitarian discourse when warning […]

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The peculiar question of gender equality and economy in Japan

The peculiar question of gender equality and economy in Japan
Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in finance and Accounting and a Master in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.
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One of “Abenomics” key structural reforms is about involving more women in the workplace, as the country shows a salient misuse of female talent. In a report by Goldman Sachs, closing the gender employment gap was estimated to boost Japan’s GDP by nearly 13%. Minister Abe seemed to understand the underlying potential and began a […]

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Global financial governance: does the EU have a say?

Global financial governance: does the EU have a say?
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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Today, financial issues seem to have taken a backseat to political problems. Yet only a handful of years ago the international scene gave its undivided attention to world leaders who were trying to resolve the financial crisis. The results of the G20 London summit, though sometimes criticized, proved that global financial government does exist and […]

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The importance of social inclusion policies at school community: a key for integration

The importance of social inclusion policies at school community: a key for integration
Ana Prundaru

Ana Prundaru

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ana Prundaru is a writer, translator and visual artist. She holds a MSc in Sociology of Law and an LL.B in EU Law. Her essays appear in Ragazine, Thread Literary, Kyoto Journal, Luna Luna Magazine and Feminist Wire, among other places. She tweets @the_anamaria.
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The case was lodged by Turkish-Swiss dual national parents, who incurred fines by the Swiss government, after refusing to allow their two prepubescent daughters to attend the school’s co-ed swimming classes. Alleging that swimming with boys went against their religious convictions, the parents did not relent, even when school officials offered the option to wear […]

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Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

Cyber space: An unregulated battleground
Katherine Atkinson

Katherine Atkinson

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Katherine Atkinson is from the UK and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She lives in Brussels currently, but did her studies in London and has lived in France, Russia and Moldova while she studied French and Russian. She is particularly interested in the politics of the post-Soviet space.
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On 20 January 2017 the world witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, after what may have been one of the most controversial pre-election period of all time. Trump’s election was marred by a DNC hacking scandal that threatened the very legitimacy of its outcome. The final declassified intelligence […]

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