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EU should focus on integration of minorities as an anti-terror measure

EU should focus on integration of minorities as an anti-terror measure

Sam Andrews

Sam Andrews is a writer and researcher with two Masters degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, with specializations in the MENA region and in statistical analysis. He has a number of published articles, and has worked with international organizations in Palestine, Brussels, Iraq and London. He is particularly interested in how statistical techniques can help us understand and analyze public policy and political action.
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The start of 2015 has already seen acts of terror being perpetrated on European soil, reminding us that the threat of terror remains strong. However, the response of the EU and its member states is inadequate. Author: Sam Andrews Despite the evolving nature of terrorism in the new millennium, the strategy of Europe has remained […]

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European energy security – root cause or ultimate goal?

European energy security – root cause or ultimate goal?

Ina Gluhova

Ina is a recent graduate from London School of Economics with MSc in social science with specialty in health policy and economics. She has been a temporary political risk events collector for countries in Eastern Europe. She has developed strong interest in political emergencies and geopolitical factors affecting the EU policy making. Currently, Ina is working as an analyst for a business intelligence provider based in London.

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Three pillars of the European Union’s energy policy are efficiency, sustainability and security of energy supplies. The questions here are: Where will the supplies come from? What is a reasonable price at a time of unstable financial environment and fiscal policies? How are these terms defined? What are the actions for their implementation? Author: Ina […]

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Greece’s Detention Policy in the Absence of Migration Policy

Greece's Detention Policy in the Absence of Migration Policy

Zoe Kostitsi-Papastathopoulou

Zoe is a current MPA ('16) candidate in the School of Public Policy, Central European University. She received her BA in Political Science from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a MA from the University of Essex in Ideology and Discourse Analysis. As an instructor and research assistant on ethnic profiling by police, intercultural education, and migration she has offered training to various audiences including local government officials. She has also worked in the education sector in the context of teaching but also in coordinating educational programmes offered by both the private and public sector and the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme. As part of her current studies she is working on her passion project for human rights advocacy, specializing on refugees' rights, EU legislation, and asylum policies. She has interned/lived/worked in Greece, India, Germany, the UK and now Hungary.

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  On 20th February, 21-year-old Mohammed Camara, a native from Guinea, died in the detention center of Amygdaleza, Athens. Mohammed died due to diabetes after not receiving necessary treatment or adequate food. This is not the first death in the Amygdaleza detention center. Since the new government led by Syriza took office on January 27th, […]

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An opinion on UK Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

An opinion on UK Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

Rowan Anderson

Rowan Anderson is an MA French and English Literature student at the University of St Andrews who is currently spending a year abroad in
Strasbourg. She also writes for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review
and is a staff reviewer for The Monitor: the Journal of International
Studies at the College of William and Mary.
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University vice-chancellors can now be charged with “contempt of court backed by criminal sanctions” if they do not enforce the new guidelines. Author: Rowan Anderson In the wake of recent terrorist acts, the British government has responded by introducing yet another counter-terrorism and security bill. The new legislation received royal assent at the beginning of […]

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EU Asylum Policy – The necessity for a shared responsibility

EU Asylum Policy – The necessity for a shared responsibility

Athena Tacet

Athena Tacet is a journalist and editor specializing in foreign affairs, human rights and socio-political issues. Her writings have appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper. She holds a BA in political science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic language and culture, a Graduate diploma in journalism and undertook a Master's degree in public policy at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her interests include the EU foreign policy, issues related to immigration and asylum policies, as well as nationalism and identity politics in Europe.
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It’s a problem of responsibility. For more than a decade, EU Member States and EU institutions have combined their efforts to draft a EU Asylum Policy that would tackle the migration issue, and allocate the responsibility to process asylum cases on the principle of responsibility-shifting, rather than responsibility-sharing.  Author: Athena Tacet “Security and immigration management […]

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Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Sharing is Caring or a New Loophole for Ubiquitous Surveillance?

Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Sharing is Caring or a New Loophole for Ubiquitous Surveillance?

Kristina Mihnevich

Kristina holds a BA of Engineeringand an MA in “European Studies on Society, Science and Technology” (Maastricht University, IT University of Copenhagen). She also successfully finished an OSF Summer School on European Studies at İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi. Her Master's thesis related to the EU-US debates on the Internet privacy after Snowden's revelations. Kristina has a two-year work experience in IT companies, and has recently accomplished her internship on cyber-security in the context of international relations at CERI SciencesPo. Her current research interest is a variety of social aspects of Internet technologies, with main focus on cyber-security,surveillance and privacy.
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Photo: James Martin/CNET “Everybody is online, and everybody is vulnerable,” – claims the US President, Barack Obama, preaching for the necessity of strengthening the US cybersecurity at the White House’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on February 13, 2015. However, there is always the reverse side of the coin, and, ironically, such a statement […]

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Greying Of Europe: No Color, Please!

Greying Of Europe: No Color, Please!

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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Is immigration a panacea for EU’s rapidly ageing population? Find out in our latest op-ed piece. Author: Sanja Sontor Meet Rikardo Racz. Rikardo is the first baby born in Hungary in 2015 and the one who divided the nation by stirring the never quiescent national debate about immigration and racism. National media noted his birth; […]

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Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Nicolás Torres Vieira

Nicolás Torres has more than six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in activities related to labor unions, social and legal empowerment of vulnerable workers, and community development. Nicolás is a lawyer and graduated with high distinction from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and also earned a master in Public Policy from the Central European University in Hungary. While studying at the Law School he worked as a monitor at the Center of Labor Studies Alberto Hurtado, a nonprofit organization dependent on the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, training union and social leaders in labor law, leadership, and communication skills. After graduating from Law School, Nicolás worked as a lawyer in Ernst & Young Chile, rendering consultancy services in labor law, employment taxes, social security and immigration. Before starting his masters’ studies in Hungary, he contributed as a labor law professor at the Institute of Popular Education and Training in Santiago, working with vulnerable workers in order to improve their employment conditions and self-empowerment. During his professional career, Nicolás focused on labor studies, vulnerable workers employment conditions, and the effects of labor unions and collective bargaining on income distribution and poverty.

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Author: Nicolás Torres Vieira Chilean universities will gradually become tuition-free, starting in 2016 with the poorest deciles and so on. And how will this huge reform be funded? The government of president Michelle Bachelet, who has the majority in both chambers of the parliament, passed a tax reform which, once in place, will collect about […]

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Why the ’youth’ don’t need a guarantee

Why the ’youth’ don't need a guarantee

Lena Jacobs

Lena Jacobs is an MA candidate in Public Policy with a focus on EU Public Policy. Prior to this, Lena worked as a communications officer for the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in the Republic of Ireland.

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Lena Jacobs The Youth Guarantee – along with the Youth Employment Initiative – are two of the most far-reaching and heavily funded EU schemes for employment – arguably of any active labour market policy. It is unsurprising that it has come in the wake of the financial crisis, where unemployment rose from 8.6 percent in […]

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Lobbying law in Croatia: haven’t we waited long enough?

Lobbying law in Croatia: haven’t we waited long enough?

Andrija Visic

Andrija is currently an MA candidate in Public Policy at the Central European University. Prior to his studies he had been working as the Head of Office of the Croatian Lobbyist Association in Zagreb, Croatia. His current work involves research on lobbying regulation in the EU member states.

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Andrija Visic Imagine yourself working in a state of legal uncertainty, not really knowing what you are allowed to do and what not. Have you? Good. Now remember that there is a regulation in place that protects you as worker (by defining your profession) giving you certain rights, as there is at least one for […]

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