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Estonian Presidency Brief

21 Jul 2017

This brief outlines the priorities and policy objectives of the Estonian Presidency, which commenced at the beginning of this month.

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Conflict over the Code of Conduct

18 Jul 2017

NGOs react to the European Commission’s action plan on 4 July 2017 to create a Code of Conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. 

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Coping with the Influx of Economic Migrants

07 Jul 2017

The European Commission released its latest action plan on 4 July 2017 to support Italy and reduce migratory pressure along the Central Mediterranean Route. 

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Europe at a French crossroads?

24 May 2017

In this guest blog, Tony Kinsella, former Irish Times columnist examines Emmanuel Macron’s ascent to the French Presidency, and discusses the prospects of his party in the upcoming legislative elections.

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Germany Brief – Issue 2 May 2017

24 May 2017

This edition of the Germany Brief examines the outcomes of the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, recent party conferences and the ongoing tensions with Turkey.

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Chaos of fake news a reminder of the risks of technological progress

17 May 2017

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 As society grapples with the ever-increasing reach of digital technologies, the chaotic state of the news industry may come to be seen as the canary in the digital coalmine. 

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Europol’s New Mandate

03 May 2017

On 1 May 2017, a new Europol regulation came into force which establishes Europol as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, updating their capabilities to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime. 

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Germany Brief - Issue 1

18 Apr 2017

This first issue of the Germany Brief examines developments in German party politics, particularly with regard to the Social Democratic Party’s reshuffle and the impact that the candidacy of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz for the chancellorship has had.

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A new dynamic? The European Parliament's role in the implementation of Article 50

05 Apr 2017

Today, Wednesday, 5 April 2017, the European Parliament voted to approve a resolution on the UK’s EU withdrawal negotiations and the subsequent future relationship with the EU. This blog examines the key points of the resolution, including the European Parliament’s role in the implementation of the withdrawal process as defined under Article 50, and  the Irish concerns in the negotiations.

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The Commission White Paper on Europe’s Future

02 Mar 2017

On Wednesday 1 March 2017, the European Commission released its White Paper on the Future of Europe. This blog explains the content of the White Paper, noting the five scenarios for the future of the European Union.

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An Anchor of Hope in Stormy Times

13 Feb 2017

In a speech on Sunday, Germany’s next president outlined his vision for the country’s future.

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