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Guest blogpost by Scottish journalist Jack Cairns, first published on Europe’s Footsteps. Find Jack Cairns on Twitter, here. The British government’s decision to send 75 military advisors to aid the Ukrainian army has been seen by many experts as more symbolic than significant. If this is the case: why bother? Rewind the clock fifty years,… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Ewoud Lauwerier, researchers at the University of Lausanne writing a PhD on the democratic legitimacy of the EU. In order for the EU to escape the spiral of negativity that surrounds it and to become again a cause worth believing in, it should refocus its story on why it is, rather than… » read more

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By Katie Davey Dalsgaard, Brussels Liaison Officer, VSO. In New York on Monday last week President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf from Liberia addressed a high profile gathering of women about the prospects of achieving gender equality saying, “We still have a long way to go……It is a time to recalibrate the global agenda.” For almost 60 years,… » read more

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Reinder Rustema, creator of the Dutch public policy petitions website petities.nl, advocates a novel way to eliminate intrusive personal data requirements from ECI supporters. Guest blogpost by Reinder Rustema, founder and manager of the national Dutch petitioning website petities.nl. Frans Timmermans is in the position to make the European Citizens’ Initiative work, finally. After years… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Carlos A. Primo Braga, Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, and Director of The Evian Group at IMD. The future of the Greek economy and its place in the Eurozone are back in the headlines. The new government in Athens has adopted a confrontational strategy, building upon the anti-austerity stance that… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Daniele Brunetto. After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is compared to other factors: the answer is “it depends”, and the EU should seriously evaluate all the influencing factors before imposing sanctions – scaling back when needed. On 29… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Wilfried Ruetten, director of the European Journalism Centre, ahead of the News Impact Summit Brussels discussing new tools and approaches to cover the European Union. It is the business of journalism to generate and distribute relevant information, and its future depends on how well we manage to launch new journalistic products and… » read more

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While the western world is proud of its exhausted peace doves Merkel and Hollande, Kiev is facing an incredibly difficult task. The only winner of the Minsk-talks last week is Putin; he finally pushed back the EU and NATO from his borders, writes Coen van de Ven. Coen van de Ven is a Dutch journalist… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Alejo Vidal-Quadras, professor of Atomic and Nuclear Physics and former vice-president of the European Parliament (1999-2014). The recent assassination of Alberto Nisman, the top Argentinean prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the bombing of AMIA Jewish Community Centre in Buenos Aires in 1994 – one of the biggest terrorist attacks in… » read more

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