EU Tightens the Shackles on Torture Trade

Source: Wikimedia Commons Restrictions on the trade of weapons that can be used for torture have been tightened in the EU. The European Parliament passed the law on October 4 updating the previous anti-torture legislation…

Coal nation Poland continues to power fine print…

[caption id="attachment_6111" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo: Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The pressure felt by the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change is being used by Poland to gain concessions for their coal power plants. With…

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.…

Brexit: Theresa May’s two year time bomb

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By singing Article 50, Theresa May will push the button on a two year time bomb. Source: Flickr, Creative Commons[/caption] Bennet Nichol British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will…

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Politicians and media forget to credit EU

[caption id="attachment_6169" align="alignright" width="1024"] It's easy to blame EU when legislation is not popular back home. © European Union 2014 - European Parliament - Pietro Naj-Oleari[/caption]   Take the credit, when you can. Point fingers,…

Moldovan elections: is the country treading a new…

[caption id="attachment_6182" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The parliament building of Transnistria with a Lenin statue in front of it. Source: Reinier van Oorsouw[/caption] On the 30th of October, Moldavians go to the ballot box to elect their new president.…

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…

EU’s answer to the Russian Balkan route

[caption id="attachment_6201" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Stall on Knez Mihailova Street (Belgrade) with t-shirts, fridge magnets and mugs with Putin on them. Image: Alex Hendriks.[/caption]   The Balkans are a point of attention for Russia. The region…

Brexit for an ever closer Union?

Britain’s leave-vote breathes life into a ‘Schengen for Defence’ [caption id="attachment_6243" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A Belgian soldier on exercise with the EU Battlegroup in Germany, 2014 ©dimoc[/caption] Trough Brexit the European military integration has regained momentum.…

Poland’s Battle against Freedom

[caption id="attachment_5260" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Source: Pixabay.[/caption] Poland’s media landscape in 2016 has been transformed after controversial new laws have altered the nature of reporting in the country. Polish citizens and the European Union have both…

The TTIP of the iceberg: CETA to pave…

[caption id="attachment_6232" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Thousands of ‘Stop TTIP and CETA’ protesters march in Brussels, 20 September 2016. Source: Wikimedia Commons.[/caption]   The controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations between the EU and Canada…

Netherland’s Newfound Conservatism

[caption id="attachment_5402" align="alignnone" width="566"] Geert Wilders, leader of the Netherlands PVV party. Photo: Creative Commons.[/caption]   Bennet Nichol Banning Muslim immigration, cuts to foreign aid, closing the border. These are policies that one would expect…