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French Elections 2022: What do they mean for Europe?

France’s presidential elections kept Europeans in suspense this April. Here, Paulina Frank and Catherine Wood analyse the results and what President Macron’s victory means for France and Europe. No other election has kept Europe in suspense as much as the 2022 presidential election in France. In the first round of voting on 10 April 2022, …

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Digging in your heels when democracy is backsliding

On the 31st of January, Greta Scott and Aria Guevara interviewed Jakub Klepal, Executive Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation, on the role of the NGO in promoting democracy, the challenges of continuing Václav Havel’s legacy, and democratic backsliding across the world.        Jakub Klepal is the Executive Director of the Forum 2000 …

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Barcelona Research Seminar 2022

On January 17-18 the Barcelona Research Seminar took place. Over the course of two days, students from both the EPS first and second year present their research projects and engage with academics and other students to improve their thesis proposals.This year’s edition unfortunately had to be held online, yet some students attended the seminar from …

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Reinhard Bütikofer Interview

Interview by Joseph Slattery (European Student Think Tank) and Greta Scott (European Waves)   /In this collaboration with the European Student Think Tank, Joseph Slattery and Greta Scott discuss topics ranging from vaccine mandates to climate change, to EU-China relations with German MEP Reinhard Bütikofer/   Reinhard Bütikofer is an MEP from Germany, who has …

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Brussels Field Trip 2021 – An insightful trip to the heart of the European Union

Sandra Colín       On November 25-26, the Brussels Field Trip commenced! And with it, the opportunity for second-year students of the European Politics and Society Master to participate in inspiring talks and glance into the heart of the European Union while enjoying the lovely city of Brussels. Jagiellonian University was the main organising institution …

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Winter holiday gifts & activities recommendations

Books Esther recommends: Where you come from by Sasa Stanisic. Sasa Stanisic was born in Visegrad, then Yugoslavia, to a Bosnian Muslim mother and a Serbian father. In 1992, when Stanisic was fourteen, the family fled to Germany. Stanisic writes beautifully about what it means to arrive as a refugee in a strange country, about …

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Planes, a few trains, and a whole lot of automobiles: the US infrastructure bill explained

By Ariadna Guevara and Catherine Wood. The US has decided to invest in itself. Will the 1.2 trillion dollar INVEST in America Act be enough? Americans are wondering: will it pay off?        On November 15, 2021, United States President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known …

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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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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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