Category Archives: European Union

The future of Brexit

Since the results of the EU parliamentary elections were announced on Sunday night, the discussion about what they mean in terms of Brexit has been hotly contested.

One third of votes were cast for parties that support no deal, but there are a couple of reasons why we should be cautious about reading too much into the results. When people vote for a party, they dont necessarily vote for every single policy that party puts forward; and turnout was relatively low compared to other types of public vote, meaning we dont know what a sizeable chunk of the electorate actually thinks.

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Trump vs. Iran – What holds the future?

The paramount question at this stage is not what the United States will do in the nuclear domain but how it will act on Irans regional violations of the spirit of the agreement. The 13 October statement describes Irans steady expansion of proxy forces and terrorist networks … in hopes of dominating the greater Middle East … as they try to establish a bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria. The administration, according to this document, will address the totality of these threats from and malign activities by the Government of Iran and will seek to bring about a change in the Iranian regimes behavior.

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Populism and Euroscepticism after the European Parliament Elections

The total 751 members of Parliament represent the 500 million citizens of the European Union, although that number will be reduced to 705 once the UK exits the EU. While it is a known fact that Britains exit destabilizes the Union, many of its Eurosceptic representatives will no longer have a voice in Parliament — leaving a potentially more united institution in their wake. However, should Brexit be delayed, Britain would hold elections along with the rest of Europe — thereby providing representatives to a body the British people have ultimately voted to withdraw from.

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A shift of power: Romania’s European Renaissance?

According to Ioan Bucuras, the former Secretary General of the Young European Federalists, currently a Member of the Presidium and a Senior EU Affairs Manager at the media network for Europe – EURACTIV, we have witnessed the most colourful and content-driven EU elections campaign in Romania since it joined the bloc in 2007. The civil society, the political parties, the private sector behave according to their European age: Romania will turn 13 in January 2020 and is already celebrating its bar mitzvah. The country has finally reached a stage where it understands the undeniable importance and role of the European Union.

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The revolt of the masses 2.0

In Ivaylo Ditchevs opinion, professor of cultural anthropology at Sofia University, as the globalized world becomes more complex, the tyranny of specialized knowledge becomes ever harder to support. Take the European Union. Few Europeans are able to figure out the subtle ways of its machinery, the interplay of the national and the political, of lobbying and connections. Confusion and anger gave rise to the whimsical figure of the Brussels bureaucrat — obsessed with curvy cucumbers. Accountable to no one, the Brussels bureaucrat complicates things, twists the law and invents complex language to fool the honest citizen.

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What happens with the Eurozone after the EP elections?

Deepening integration of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has become a cornerstone of the debate regarding the future of the European project. Launched in 1992, the EMU refers to the policies that are put in place — at an economic and fiscal level — to drive convergence of EU Member States in three stages, including both the 19 eurozone members, as well as non-euro states.

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Nationalism – the cost of presidency for Poroshenko

This is one of the lessons that Western policymakers can learn from Poroshenko’s crushing defeat.

According to Nicolai N. Petro, Professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island, Petro Poroshenko lost the Ukrainian presidential elections by a larger margin than any candidate in the history of Ukraine. He won in only one region of the country. His opponent, a comedian with no political experience, received more votes than any candidate in Ukrainian history. Why, after five years of policies that had the full political and financial backing of the West, did the Ukrainian people reject him by a three-to-one margin?

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A new chance for the evironment? – vote on the 26th of May

Europe also has ambitious goals to reduce its carbon footprint, in a bid to address global climate change, starting with cutting greenhouse emissions 20 per cent by 2020, 40 per cent by 2030, and going fully carbon neutral by 2050. These goals require a massive integration of renewable energy, along with a reduction of energy consumption. Nonetheless, the implementation of EU carbon reduction targets relies on the full cooperation of absolutely all member states — no one country can achieve this alone. National governments have until the end of 2019 to draft their own plans to comply with the EUs ambitious climate-change goals.

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The EURO – All You Need to Know

The euro is the form of money for the 19 member countries of the eurozone. It’s the second most widely used currency in forex trading after the U.S. dollar. It’s also the second most widely held foreign exchange reserve used by central banks. As of the third quarter 2018, foreign governments held $2.2 trillion compared to $6.6 trillion in U.S. dollar reserves. The International Monetary Fund reports this quarterly in its COFER Table.

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