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    Nina Kocijan

    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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  • When you’re a country, size matters

    When you’re a country, size matters0

    Recently, media and people all around the world have been paying a lot of attention to migration and asylum policies of countries such as Germany, France, Canada or the United States. Some decisions of leaders of big countries have sparked outrage, while others were met with enthusiasm. But the one thing they had in common was that people heard about them. Smaller countries, on the other hand, often manage to push through controversial legislation without gaining much attention. This is why this piece puts a spotlight on the migration legislation in Slovenia, a European country currently hosting 252 asylum seekers.

  • European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity

    European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity0

    For an organization that is so often called out because of its democratic deficit, it is astonishing how the European Union missed out on yet another opportunity to get closer to its citizens. On 17th January a new president of the European Parliament was elected, and Antonio Tajani took over from Martin Schulz. What I would like to point the attention to is, how many Europeans knew the election was taking place? Or how many Europeans knew who the candidates for the new EP president were? Be honest – is your hand up?

  • To accept or not to accept?

    To accept or not to accept?0

    2016 has brought us Brexit and Trump, and with them came the loud, mass calls for repeating or at least recounting the votes. So what happened to respecting the will of the people? Don’t get me wrong, I am just as appalled and disappointed by the recent turn in Western politics as you probably are. However, the people have voted and I must respect that. And so do you and so does everyone else. Whether we are happy about the result or not.

  • The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope

    The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope0

    In the last weeks, the political leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina have pushed the country into a new crisis. The reason behind it was the Serbian entity’s decision to hold a referendum on whether 9th January should become the Day of Republika Srpska. This was widely opposed by the Croats and Bosniaks in the country, and also by the EU.


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