Politics

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EU infringement procedures: July 2020 update 

Wednesday 22 July 2020 | Daniele De Bernardin
| Openpolis

InfringEye, EDJNet’s tool for exploring current litigations between the European Commission and EU member states, has been updated to include the latest data. We offer an overview of the last ten months, and the ability to download datasets for each member state. 


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Meetings on public health between European Commission and lobbies have been booming 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Antonio Hernández
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Meetings with dozens of assistants and thousands of civil servants fly under the radar of the EU's transparency register. The heads of the pharmaceutical industry, EFPIA is one of the most active lobby groups. In less than a year and a half since the start of the pandemic they have held as many meetings with senior Commission officials as in the last five years.


How Croatia plans to spend €22 billion in EU funds 

Wednesday 16 December 2020 | Toni Gabrić
| H-Alter

Croatia is expected to receive a good wealth of EU funds in the coming years. However, the strategic priorities doesn't appear very bold and clear, and the plan for the use of the Recovery Fund is not ready yet.


Can the green transition help in solving fiscal and monetary divergencies in the EU? 

Thursday 27 August 2020 | Petter Aspestrand
| OBC Transeuropa

The COVID-19 pandemic may have opened a window of opportunity for the European Union to strengthen its fiscal cohesion and to put the climate transition on the right track.


The risks and opportunities of “remote democracy” 

Tuesday 12 January 2021 | Openpolis

In recent months, Covid-19 has put Western democracies to the test. In the larger European countries, the space for democratic deliberation has been greatly reduced. In this regard, new technologies represent a major opportunity.


Brexit: EU faces a losing dilemma 

Monday 09 November 2020 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

With two months to go before the end of the transition period, the Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels are stuck. Aurélien Antoine, professor of public law at the University of Saint-Etienne and director of the Brexit Observatory, deciphers what is at stake in the coming weeks.


Big Tech’s aggressive EU lobbying has caused a power shift 

Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The drastic increase of lobbying expenditure by Big Tech companies is denting Europe’s traditionally strict privacy laws and shifting more power into the hands of corporations. And the COVID-19 is playing in the latter's hand. 


Cyprus: At the centre of the arm-wrestling between Greece and Turkey 

Monday 31 August 2020 | Chloé Emmanouilidis
| VoxEurop

The discovery in the last few years of large gas reserves in the region has whetted appetites in Ankara, which has been forcefully demanding its piece of the pie, even at the risk of contesting the limits of respective economic zones as well as provoking the EU’s intervention and threatening the region’s stability.


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The EU norms that don’t make it to South-East Europe  

Tuesday 04 August 2020 | Petter Aspestrand
| OBC Transeuropa

Many member states are struggling to implement regulations and directives enacted by the EU. Data provides insight in their ability to avoid potential infringement procedures and sanctions, and to maintain ties with the EU.  


The neverending saga of Albania, North Macedonia, and EU accession talks 

Wednesday 16 October 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

After years of discussions, the EU has not opened negotiations to enlarge to Albania and North Macedonia yet, chiefly because of French opposition. Yet this week's European Council may finally mark a breakthrough for the accession process.