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European Pillar of Social Rights: a blunt weapon in the fight for citizens’ hearts

European Pillar of Social Rights: a blunt weapon in the fight for citizens’ hearts
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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Damned if they do and damned if they don’t – the catch 22 of a European social policy The outcome of the Brexit vote that saw a small majority of voting Britons reject EU membership has made a re-evaluation inevitable. The country’s willingness to vote alone had leaders across the EU calling for a fresh […]

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Can the Energy Union secure the future of European integration?

Can the Energy Union secure the future of European integration?
Emma Donnachie

Emma Donnachie

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a renewable energy policy enthusiast with an LLB in European Law and an MSc in Environment and Development. My interests particularly lie in the potential of off-grid renewable energy in the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as the role of energy policy and law in assisting leapfrogging in international development. I am currently working as a programme co-ordinator in an international charity which raises funds primarily for humanitarian and environmental causes, and carries out projects throughout Africa and Asia.
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The onslaught of shockwaves from the political, economic, and social crises faced by the EU in recent years, most topically the migrant crisis and Brexit’s concerning affirmation of rising right-wing nationalism in Member States, have shaken the EU to its very core. This apparent increase in disenfranchisement with the European project has meant that questions […]

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Healing the European patient – Narrowing the gap between the EU and its citizens

Healing the European patient – Narrowing the gap between the EU and its citizens
Mira Alexander

Mira Alexander

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mira Alexander is currently enrolled in a two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy, which she will complete at Central European University (Budapest) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona). Prior to her studies in public policy, she obtained a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and has gained professional experiences from internships at the Institut für Europäische Politik (Berlin), Europe Direct Info-Point Hamburg, and the Chancellery of the Senate of the City of Hamburg. Mira’s research interests include EU Governance, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Security Studies, State Building, and Conflict Resolution.
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Previously, the situation was like the one of a sick patient who had to stay positive and rest in order to recover, now, with the Brexit it is like a failed surgery: instead of healing the patient, it put him into intensive care.  It is no longer enough to stay positive and wait – an […]

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The devil is in the detail: Trade secrets protection vs accountability?

The devil is in the detail: Trade secrets protection vs accountability?
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 On the 28 of January 2016 the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament (JURI) adopted a draft version of the so known Trade Secret Directive which is scheduled to be debated in the EU Parliament in April 2016. The document is aimed at harmonizing EU members’ states laws on misappropriation of […]

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EU/Morocco trade: How can a David engage in a win-win situation with a Goliath?

EU/Morocco trade: How can a David engage in a win-win situation with a Goliath?
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 Nonetheless, it was met with distrust from Morocco’s entrepreneurs, who feared that it would not take into consideration the specificities of the country’s market. This led to the two parties halting the fifth round of negotiations in 2014, so Morocco can work on the visibility of the negotiation. In order to do […]

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The basic income – Three centuries of discussion

The basic income - Three centuries of discussion
Léa Duplan

Léa Duplan

Léa is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. Currently, she is on a leave of absence to expand her practical experience. Prior to her MPP studies, she did her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her main domains of interests are: Good Governance, Sustainable Development and European Affairs.
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Author: Lea Duplan An unconditional and universal basic income, as defined in a study by the German Institute for Economic Research, is an income distributed to every single citizen of a country, with no conditions attached. In return, welfare benefits disappear. The main ideas are to address poverty, to cut red tape and administrative costs, […]

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Turkey: Who’s the enemy?

Turkey: Who’s the enemy?
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 There are two main reasons why the EU should take a stronger stance on this situation and encourage Turkey to resolve its internal issues by reconsidering its relations with the Kurdish minority and even with the PKK. Firstly, as a candidate for joining the EU, it needs to achieve stability and be […]

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The Actual Effects of Changing Formal Voting Rules in the Council of the EU

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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In a recent article conveyed by Politheor.net, Attila Marján put forward numerous assumptions concerning the change of the blocking and policy-shaping power of the Visegrad Group – V4 (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) in the post-Lisbon era of the Council of the European Union (Council). The author voiced his concerns amid the most recent changes […]

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The New EU Voting system – the old west-east north-south division

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Attila Marján

Hungarian economist, PhD in international relations. Based in Brussels for fourteen years as diplomat and member of EU commissioners’ cabinets. Two times visiting fellow of Wilson Center in Washington DC. University professor and author of books on EU affairs and geopolitics. Head of department, National University of Public Administration, Budapest.
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Economic governance reforms and Eurozone consolidation has significant institutional and political consequences: a multiple-tier integration is ever more realistic. „Out” countries seek to mitigate the negative impact of these developments. In this respect V4 – Visegrad countries differ a lot: Slovakia, a relative latecomer in economic reforms is part of the currency union. Poland, Hungary […]

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Mr Uwe Puetter on European Union politics: ”Consensus has become almost an end in itself!”

Uwe Puetter

Uwe Puetter is Professor of European Public Policy and Governance at the School of Public Policy (SPP) and Director of the Center for European Union Research (CEUR) at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance awarded by the European Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of the FP7 research consortium 'bEUcitizen'.
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  New intergovernmentalism in the European Union P: Professor Puetter, thank you for joining us here at Politheor today. It is a great pleasure having you! First of all, congratulations on your newest book ‘’The European Council and the Council: New Institutionalism and Institutional Change’’. Can you start by saying a few words about the […]

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