This explainer will identify the number of political groups in the European Parliament and why they are important. It will also highlight some of the main political trends that are emerging in the run up to the elections and examine the implications of these trends for political group formation in the new European Parliament.
In this blog, Professor Ben Tonra examines EU cooperation on security and defence. He explores the competing approaches to security and defence cooperation at the EU level, including calls for the creation of a so-called ‘European army’ and argues that the EU’s changing security landscape may require it to rethink its approach to security and defence cooperation.
In February 2019, a seminal agreement between Greece and Macedonia entered into force, which saw Macedonia change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia. This explainer examines the origins, implications and outcome of a dispute that spanned over a quarter of a century over the use of the name ‘Macedonia’.