A Tale of Two Waterfronts: how Belfast can…

The development of Hobart’s urban centre can learn from its long-lost European cousin, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Samantha Dixon and Emily Jarvie [caption id="attachment_6497" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Hobart’s waterfront is an iconic area for locals and tourists. Source: Pete…

Well Grounded at The Dock

[caption id="attachment_6508" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Source: Emily Jarvie[/caption] The Dock café looks very similar to any other city coffee shop: the smell of coffee in the air, warm bowls of soup and bread on tables, and…

EU Talks Climate with California

Bilateral Cooperation in Carbon Trading Markets “What we saw in Bonn is that the Paris spirit is very much alive,” Anna-Kaiser Itkonen, Commission spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy, said referring to the Paris accord…

Whistleblowers : vital or harmful ?

Sometimes portrayed as heroes, sometimes as traitors, the whistleblowers who expose to the world wrongdoings are omnipresent in the news. The recent Luxleaks trial illustrates perfectly the ambivalence of the politicians about whistleblowers, claiming the…

Art in the heart of the EU

[caption id="attachment_6333" align="alignnone" width="300"] Visitors area during Slovakian presidency, European Parliament, Credits: Marijn Meijer y Bodisco Massink[/caption] Campbell’s Soup Cans; it’s the first thing you see when you enter the European Parliament in Brussels, after…

Terrorists and Tourist Traps

[caption id="attachment_6309" align="alignnone" width="596"] Belgian military stand guard at the Brussels Christmas markets. Source: Samantha Dixon[/caption]   In Brussels, as the Christmas lights twinkle among the sunset of the Christmas markets, the dust settles on…

The retirement of the migrant crisis

[caption id="attachment_6293" align="aligncenter" width="773"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] Eurocrisis, refugee crisis, Brexit, Trump. European headlines are plastered with crisis after crisis. But little attention is being directed towards Europe’s demographic crisis and how to solve it. One…

Lost in Migration

[caption id="attachment_6283" align="alignnone" width="782"] A migrant boy looks through a window onboard a train for Serbia. Source: Robert Atanasoviski/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption]   Gulwali Passarlay grew up in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan during the Taliban era.…

(Il)legal?

The purchase of a marriage has been globally accepted and since then, it’s consequences have also gone ignored. In the 19th century, American women were purchased from well developed areas to marry men on the…

European Democracy goes digital

The world is drowning in ones and zeros. Communication, trade and education take digital forms, giving us social networks, internet banking and online courses. But will technologies digitize the way we choose our future? Europe…

The EU’s new train of thought: The Interrail…

[caption id="attachment_6151" align="alignright" width="960"] Source: Pixabay.[/caption] The EU’s proposal to give a free Interrail pass to all citizens on their 18th birthday has been positively received by the majority of Members of the European Parliament.…

The Google Cloud of suspicion

There are no frontiers in the sky and the clouds, but, in the Google Cloud, things seem more complicated. The American company has announced the creation of three new data centers in Europe. Is this…

The Meme-ing of Life: The Reform Copyright War

[caption id="attachment_6191" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] “Once, right after the internet, there was an expectation for lex informatica to appear – a legal order, non-determined by borders and territories that should regulate digital world. It did not…