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Article 19 (1) TFEU: A new route for protecting the Rule of Law

A new line of European case law adopted by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) holds the promise that the Commission will be more capable of protecting fundamental EU values from ongoing rule of law violations.  Background  The ongoing violations of the rule of law in Poland and Hungary in the zeitgeist of ‘illiberal democracy’ …

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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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Afghan migrants could bring about Europe´s unity

The European Union’s asylum and migration policy compass has opened up an opportunity to unite in the face of the situation created by the Afghan crisis. However, there are many barriers to overcome before this can be achieved.   While the images of Kabul airport with hundreds of people desperately trying to board planes have …

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The end of an era: reflections on Angela Merkel

For many young Germans, Angela Merkel is the face of German politics.On the 26th of September 2021, the general elections are taking place in Germany. While we cannot say anything about the outcome yet, one thing is certain: Angela Merkel will no longer be chancellor of Germany, after almost 16 years. Lea Siebel (24), Damian …

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Europe needs a Decade of Rail, not a single year

In March 2020, the European Commission announced that 2021 was to become the European Year of Rail. This initiative was supposed to help make rail a more popular alternative to less sustainable modes of transport and step up the pace of railway modernisation. It appeared to be a timely initiative, given the scale of transport …

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Summer School Review

Rather than being idle all summer long, many of us participated in summer schools: from a course on citizenship to insights into global challenges, from a methods summer school to one on European integration. Unfortunately mostly online (with one exception!), they were engaging and insightful, and something we also wanted to share with other interested …

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Frontex – a photo competition gone wrong

A recent photo competition by Frontex can easily be dismissed as a failed PR campaign, but points to more essential problems in how the EU views migrants and migration. By looking at processes of securitisation at the EU level, it becomes evident just how ill-placed Frontex’ competition is.        ‘9 May is Europe …

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Soul Searching in the European Railways, between low-cost competition and reliable public service

Travelling by train is fun, sustainable and socially enriching. This is no longer only the opinion of a small number of railway enthusiasts, but that of the European Commission and governments across Europe. The Commission wants to create a ‘European railway network’ by establishing more high-speed rail connections across borders, increasing technical and legislative interoperability, …

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Cities are at the heart of the European Green Deal

     The European Green Deal is here to stay. It aims to bring about long-term systemic change in which economic growth can take place while achieving climate neutrality. To this end, this comprehensive plan proposes to reduce climate emissions by 50% by 2030 and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Some have called the …

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