Outer world

The Irish Sea, a new frontier  in depth

Friday 15 November 2019 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The introduction of customs and regulatory controls in the Irish Sea, provided for in the latest UK withdrawal agreement, would make Northern Ireland a very special economic area.


Brexit? What Brexit?

Wednesday 30 October 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

This week the European Council granted a flexible extension of Brexit deadline. The UK will have time until January 31, 2020 to find a deal, vote it, and leave 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.


EU: doors closed to the Balkans 

Tuesday 16 July 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Last June, the European Council dealt another blow to the hopes of Albania and North Macedonia for the opening of EU accession talks. For the other Balkan countries, the situation isn’t much more encouraging.


Over 5000 Russian disinformation items in four years and a half 

Monday 15 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

At election time, Russian actors responsible for spreading misinformation seem to be tireless. But even if there is no election, they do not rest, EU Stratcom data suggests.


Europe is not doing enough to fight global deforestation 

Wednesday 04 September 2019 | Svetlana Mitrova
| Capital

Companies that use commodities such as timber, palm oil and soybeans should shift to sustainable production, as the world's forest capacity declines, a report by IDH argues.


Is the EU failing Tunisia?  in depth

Friday 13 September 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

On September 15, Tunisia will held the second presidential election of its democratic history. What has the EU done to sustain the democratic transition? In the face of political commitments and economic resources flowing from Brussels to Tunis, progress is wanting.


EU enlargement: a new strategy, with hands by the brakes  in depth

Wednesday 21 February 2018 | Francesco Martino
| OBC Transeuropa

The European Commission has renewed its strategy for the accession of the western Balkans as an essential geo-strategic investment for the EU. From Brussels, however, no concessions can be expected. For Serbia and Montenegro, accession could be achieved by 2025


Citizens' rights: where EU and UK differ  in depth

Thursday 31 August 2017 | Eszter Zalan
| EUobserver

The rights of EU citizens living in the UK and those of the UK nationals living in EU countries is a key issue of the Brexit negotiations


The EU has signed a free trade agreement with Japan

Wednesday 16 January 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

In December the European Parliament approved a trade agreement with Japan. But, as the tweets of various MEPs show, criticism is hardly lacking.