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The future of EU youth policy: Democracy in puberty

The future of EU youth policy: Democracy in puberty
Yago Bastin

Yago Bastin

Yago graduated as a political scientist with specialization in European politics. He obtained a second Master’s degree in General Economics. During his studies he was offered a spot on the board of JEF Ghent, and also had the opportunity to intern at the European Parliament, at the cabinet of MEP Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ALDE Group. Currently he is doing an internship at the Policy and Advocacy department of the European Youth Forum. He is in charge of monitoring the work of the European institutions with a focus on youth issues.
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Author: Yago Bastin There are two reasons that can justify this strong statement in the lead. The first one is the alienation of young people from the political system. The second one is the rise of xenophobic and extremist groups all over Europe. Let me first point out how these evolutions are indeed threatening our […]

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COP21, success or failure?

COP21, success or failure?
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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Author: Mathis Hampel 2015 ends with a cracker. While you are reading these lines 25 000 delegates are trying to leave their mark at the 21st UN climate summit, the Conference of Parties (COP21) – whose outcome won’t surprise anyone. Because the heavy lifting has already been done. A text was negotiated in the years […]

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Roma, a political décor of the Commission progress reports for Macedonia

Roma, a political décor of the Commission progress reports for Macedonia
Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi graduated Political Science, International Relations and Journalism at FON University, Macedonia and acquired his Master of Arts degree in Political Science at the Central European University - Budapest. From 2008 to 2012, he has worked as an assistant in the sector for Human Rights and Inter-ethnic relations at "Mesecina" - Gostivar. Currently he is an executive director at Romalitico, the academic medium related to Roma policy analyses. He is interested in data visualizations, infographics, advocacy, minority politics, politics of identity, representation, participation and good governance. In addition, he has contributed for the Balkanist, Bright Green, European Student Think Tank, Nationalia, Iul Pianus
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Author: Suad Skenderi According to a chart published by Romalitico, from 2006 to 2010 the frequency of the word Roma/ni was rising, the issues of Roma became more visible and national Roma NGOs believed that the EU has finally started providing help to the most undermined and vilified community in the country. The progress reports […]

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Switzerland/EU Automatic exchange of information: the beginning of an end for the Swiss banking industry?

Switzerland/EU Automatic exchange of information: the beginning of an end for the Swiss banking industry?
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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Author: Meriam Benhamza On 27 May 2015, Switzerland signed an agreement with the European Union (EU) to meet the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) global standard for the automatic exchange of financial account information. A continuation of Switzerland commitment to the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS), the newly signed agreement with the EU […]

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A third intifada: Has the EU failed to comprehend once again?

A third intifada: Has the EU failed to comprehend once again?
Simon Marijsse

Simon Marijsse

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Simon Marijsse holds both a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one in Philosophy (from Ghent University and KU Leuven). After having worked as post lauream researcher at the Jean Jacobs Institute in Bologna, he chose to specialize in Conflict & Development Studies at Ghent University. Inspired by live field work in the Middle-East, Simon currently aims at bridging local grass roots developments with new modes of globalization and rhetorical analysis of policy mechanisms. His interests involve EU foreign policy, historical and contemporary Arab-West relations, and the modalities of subjectivity, identity and state-building practices in the wider MENA region.
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Author: Simon Marijsse Last October, the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) destabilized the status quo on Haram Al-Sharif by political provocations in the annexed East-Jerusalem. In response, a new generation of youngsters without political affinity to Hamas or Fatah took to the streets voicing their frustration. It is a generation that perceives itself deprived of a […]

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What does research tell us about Erasmus+?

What does research tell us about Erasmus+?
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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Author: Karina Oborune Erasmus+ was launched in 1987 and so far has given opportunity to more than 3 million students, who received a first–hand insight into the social, cultural and political reality of different European societies. For many of them this was a life-changing  experience, giving a true meaning of ‘Europe’ for hundreds of thousands […]

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Kosovo in UNESCO?

Kosovo in UNESCO?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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Author: Gianna Merki It is worth considering Kosovo’s membership in UNESCO as a mean of taking responsibility for protection of cultural heritage within its territory. The membership should however not be assessed through the question of its sovereignty but rather as joining an Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation. Whilst being a member of the UN […]

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Climate Case: the heat goes on

Climate Case: the heat goes on
Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema obtained his PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, UK. He focuses on the governance, geography and science of environmental issues, while increasingly applying these to climate change. Currently Jaap works in policy decision support for a political party in the Netherlands.
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Author: Jaap Rozema In what is simply known as the ‘Climate Case’, the Dutch state has been sentenced to realize veritable climate change mitigation of 25% by 2020 based on 1990 levels – a first in legal history and plausibly marking the onset of climate litigation in which courts decide how much greenhouse gases can […]

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Why the “European Semester Light” is a heavy failure

Why the “European Semester Light” is a heavy failure
Jakov Bojović

Jakov Bojović

Jakov Bojović holds an MA degree in Public Policy, with specialization in European Public Policy, from Central European University. The title of his MA thesis is „The Role of the Commission in the New Economic Governance of the European Union“. His main research interests are European economic and social governance, role of supranational institutions in EU integration, Europeanisation and EU enlargement. Mr. Bojovic is an author of peer-reviewed research articles published in Serbia, BiH, Hungary and Germany.
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Author: Jakov Bojovic The European Semester (ES) is an annual process for soft coordination of the EU member states’ socio-economic policies, which started back in 2011. In the 2014  Enlargement Strategy a similar process was introduced to include the candidate countries, starting a year after. In the European Semester Light (ESL), the candidate countries prepare […]

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How Uber contributed to the shift from regulatory state to evaluatory society

How Uber contributed to the shift from regulatory state to evaluatory society
Mario Munta

Mario Munta

Mario is a PhD student in Public Policy at the Central European University. His doctoral thesis deals with the Europeanisation modes of employment policies in Croatia. He obtained his MA in Public Policy. Thus far, he assisted in teaching and research at the University of Zagreb and the ECPR Summer School in Methods. His main research interests center around EU public policy, social and employment policy and sustainable development.
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Uber bites again. Today, the venture-backed start-up launched its less controversial ride-sharing app UberX in Zagreb, Croatia. This post-socialist country has climbed on the bandwagon of the sharing economy after an already burdensome move to the market economy. The taxi sector’s reaction in Croatia is very indicative of the abhorrence by which vested interests ”welcomed” […]

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