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Pandora Papers: Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of the world elite

In October, the Pandora Papers revealed the lengths politicians, business leaders, and celebrities have gone to in their quest to conceal their wealth. Here, we discuss the Papers’ revelations in four countries. In October 2021, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released approximately 12 million documents leaked from 14 law firms and offshore trust …

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Democracy beyond the pandemic: reflections on Forum 2000

This year’s Forum 2000 conference was held in Prague, as well as online, from October 10–12, 2021, and focused on the topic, ‘What Now? Building Back Democratically.’ Some of our EPS students had the opportunity to volunteer as rapporteurs, hosts, and observers at the conference. Here, Nicole (22), Jonah (22), Catherine (26), Aria (22), Olha …

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Women, Peace and Security in the European Union: reflecting on the last 21 years since the passing of the UNSCR 1325 resolution

     The absolute invisibility of the effects of armed conflict on women and girls, plus their discrimination in all the post-conflict stages was a steady situation in the international agenda before the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on October 31st, 2000.  With the …

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Bundestagswahlanalyse – What will Germany’s foreign and Europe policies look like?

While Europe has been attentively following the outcome of Germany’s elections, Europe and foreign policy in general has played little to no role in the German election campaign. This is noteworthy, given that there were more than enough reasons for it to matter. Zooming in on the parties most likely to end up in the …

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National Interests or Transnational Flows? Legitimacy Underpinnings of the EU Environmental Policy

On September 11, 2019, the European Union unveiled the European Green Deal, as its most recent effort to tackle adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation. Yet, it is not possible to leverage any adequate explanations for this transformative policy proposal without referring back to the legitimacy underpinning sustaining it. As long as the …

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The Belarusian protests, ongoing dynamics and success factors

For the sixth time in a row, Alexander Lukashenko was proclaimed to be the President of Belarus. However, during the previous presidential campaigns, the elective process’s fairness and its result were cast into doubt by the local and international community. Even Lukashenko himself admitted that the 2006 presidential election results were “falsified“ by his team, …

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