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The EPP vs. populism: the battle for EU values

The EPP vs. populism: the battle for EU values
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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The EPP is being plagued by Eurosceptic populist-right sentiments among national parties that fall within its ranks. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s anti-immigration rhetoric and simultaneous crackdown on civil society are not exactly in line with the party’s values, or liberal democracy in general. But rightfully, the EPP has not broken ties with Orbán or […]

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The GDPR: cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and why it is a work in progress

The GDPR: cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and why it is a work in progress
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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This means that every individual, company or organisation that processes personal data from European citizens now has to comply to the same set of newly upscaled rules regarding the gathering, storage, and protection of user data. The regulation replaces an old directive dating back to 1995 and arguably could not come at a more significant […]

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Poland and the rule of law: financial sticks, political carrots?

Poland and the rule of law: financial sticks, political carrots?
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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These include human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Where the Commission was seriously concerned, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that the judicial reforms that were so heavily criticized in fact were “deeply needed”. Initially, Warsaw did not seem willing to make concessions and the probability of […]

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Selmayrgate: The European Commission’s House of Cards

Selmayrgate: The European Commission’s House of Cards
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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Although some Commissioners were surprised, their initial reaction was nothing compared to that of the other institutions, Member States, and the media. Among other things, the situation has been said to undermine transparency, (gender) equality and the credibility of the EU. Some suggest Selmayr is simply not a popular person within the Brussels bubble, which […]

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European Monetary Fund: further integrating financial stability

European Monetary Fund: further integrating financial stability
Michele Federle

Michele Federle

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Michele Federle holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy and is currently enrolled in the Master's degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po Paris, France. He is also a student at the Scuola di Politiche, the public policy school founded by former Italian PM Enrico Letta. His research interests encompass global financial governance, European integration and international trade.
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In recent months the long-standing idea of creating an EMF has experienced a revival, such that the Commission even set out a roadmap to establish the new institution within 2019. A well-designed EMF should be able to manage asymmetric shocks (i.e. affecting some European countries more than others) and could hence reinforce the financial stability […]

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PESCO – One “Giant Leap” Towards European Defence?

PESCO – One “Giant Leap” Towards European Defence?
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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Twenty-five EU countries have announced they will participate in a new cooperation pact in the area of security and defence policy, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was officially launched at a Foreign Affairs Council summit on the 11th of December. The decision activates dormant Lisbon Treaty provisions (Articles 42(6) and 46, as well as Protocol […]

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Does faster legislation come at the cost of transparency?

Does faster legislation come at the cost of transparency?
Emilie Bartolini

Emilie Bartolini

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emilie is a half Dutch – half Italian Master Student at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specializes in EU Politics. Before moving to Belgium, she studied at the University of Florence a Bachelor in Political Science and spent a year in the UK, where she graduated with a Master in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. Her main research focus is on Democracy within the EU and Inter-institutional relations, although she also likes to read and write about electoral politics in Western European countries.
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Just fifteen years ago two-thirds of EU laws were negotiated over a period of two-three years. In the current European Parliament’s (EP) term, most texts are the result of so-called “1st reading agreements”, allowing the Parliament and Council to approve a text at the earliest stage of the procedure. A considerable improvement on the efficiency’s […]

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Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, delivered his third “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament on September 13th. This is an opportunity for the Commission’s President to take inventory of the past year’s accomplishments and outline the policy agenda for the year ahead. With the Eurozone finally bouncing back, and […]

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Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way

Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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The EU single market is an “upgraded” economic free trade territory created in 1957 during the Treaty of Rome. This means it allows “the abolition, as between Member States, of obstacles to freedom of movement for goods, persons, services and capital”. In addition, not only does it get rid of tariff barriers like most free […]

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Brexit: a matter of identity politics?

Brexit: a matter of identity politics?
Emilie Bartolini

Emilie Bartolini

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emilie is a half Dutch – half Italian Master Student at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specializes in EU Politics. Before moving to Belgium, she studied at the University of Florence a Bachelor in Political Science and spent a year in the UK, where she graduated with a Master in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. Her main research focus is on Democracy within the EU and Inter-institutional relations, although she also likes to read and write about electoral politics in Western European countries.
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Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union over a year ago, the future of the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland has been on top of Brexit negotiators’ agenda. The current setup of the Irish border has come in the form of an Agreement between Northern Ireland and […]

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