Politics

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. 


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.


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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New data on EU infringement procedures 

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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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.


The geography of EU dissatisfaction 

Friday 24 May 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

A research team analyzed with extraordinary thoroughness who voted against deepening integration in the European Union and why. The results of more than 63,000 polling stations were examined by looking at the latest national election results and data.


Italy: doing politics with politicians’ money 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

After the abolition of direct public funding of politics in 2013, Italy intended to increase private donations. However, the numbers tell a different story: little funding comes from “big donors”, while a lot comes from elected representatives. Meanwhile, the absence of direct public funding in Italy remains a European anomaly.


Hungary and Serbia, "partly free" countries 

Thursday 14 February 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The democratisation process in South East Europe is stagnating, or even going backwards. Serbia is now considered a “partly free” country, just like Hungary.


Climate action at the centre of crucial EU summit 

Thursday 12 December 2019 | Elena Sánchez Nicolás
| EUobserver

Novelties are in the air for this week's European Council: Charles Michel will preside it for the first time, the gender balance will slightly improve, and it will probably be the last Council in which the UK takes part. Some novelties are expected also in terms of policy proposals.