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Period poverty social stigma

Bloody serious: period poverty and social stigma

Today, on World Menstruation Day, European Waves discusses a widely experienced yet hardly talked about issue: period poverty. About 1 in 10 menstruators do not have sufficient access to sanitary products. Over the last years, awareness about the problem of period poverty has slowly increased. But in order to solve the problem, we have to …

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From Murals Honoring a War Criminal, to the Pro-Russian Rallies: A tilt to the right or business as usual in the Western Balkans?

     The Western Balkans is known to be a troubled periphery of Europe: a region that a bit more than two decades ago provided the scenery for multiple violent conflicts and one of the most traumatic war crimes in Europe – the Srebrenica genocide. The name Balkan itself is often associated with negative epithets …

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War in Ukraine turns Hungarian election campaign upside down

How are this year’s Hungarian elections different? Can Putin’s war in Ukraine cost Viktor Orbán his re-election? Why is Orbán’s opposition running on a joint list? ? And who is the man who can potentially oust Orbán from power on 3 April? Five questions and five answers to the most pressing issues of the Hungarian …

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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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The European Super Grid: A solution to the EU’s energy problems

/This article is part of the collaboration between the student magazine Eyes On Europe and European Waves/ Only by substituting fossil energies with renewable energies will the European Union be able to reach its objective of being carbon-free by 2050. Such an ambitious project requires a significant amount of technical infrastructure to sustain it, and …

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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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The Stoplight is More Yellow than Green

The new coalition between the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands), Greens (Die Grünen) and FDP (Freie Demokratische Partei) is already seeing a shift in who is the strongest junior partner.         On the 24th of November, the new governing parties in Germany presented their coalition agreement – a quick, 177 page-long read about …

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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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Article 19 (1) TEU: 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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