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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Poland tried to ban abortion (again) — here’s what activists did

Amid coronavirus lockdown, the Polish Parliament discussed the possibility to further restrict abortion rights in the country. A similar proposal was rejected in 2016 after a huge round of protests. Now that rallying is not possible, activists found alternative ways to make their voice heard. The proposal In the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, the […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Procreation over immigration: what’s behind Hungarian free fertility treatment

On July 2019 the Hungarian government has launched its Family Protection Action Plan (FPAP) to boost demographic growth in the country, but this incentivisation is far from being what they claim. On February 2020 the Hungarian Government has taken control and nationalised several private fertility clinics in order to meet demands of the estimated 150.000 […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

A new Prime Minister for Ukraine — what is going on with Zelensky’s entourage?

Ukrainian Parliament has approved Prime Minister Hocharuk’s resignation. The reshuffle happens in a very delicate moment for Ukraine, both politically and financially. As tensions between the president and his former supporter Ihor Kolomoysky increase, the competition for pulling the strings of the government is looming.  The reshuffle A striking majority of the Ukrainian parliament has […]

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Domestic Policy

Czech Moments of Democracy in the Light of the Largest Protest since the Fall of Communism

Biggest Czech protests since 1989! Czechs demand the resignation of PM Babis – a billionaire accused of EU subsidy fraud. A movement Million Moments of Democracy mobilizes masses of people across the country and shows that people are concerned about the current political situation.

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Domestic Policy European integration Special issues

Right-Wing Populism and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

by Pia Dittmar   Nowadays, the rise of populism in Europe is a phenomenon that cannot be ignored when it comes to analyzing contemporary politics. Scholars try to explain how populism emerges and search for common features in order to find a universal definition for this recent trend. Although some characteristics of populism might be […]

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Commentaries Domestic Policy Foreign Policy

If Italy legalises brothels it will be the victims of trafficking — especially those from Eastern Europe — to pay the toll

In mid February 2019, Italian right-wing party League relaunched its longtime plan for the legalisation of prostitution. While the draft seems no more than a pretext for distracting the electorate, it has resulted in a heated and rather polarised debate. The discussions largely neglected the link between prostitution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation, a […]

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Domestic Policy

The Albanian Unrest: A new hurdle in the path of European integration?

Weeks of political and social unrest in Albania. The opposition parties have jointly organized protests in the streets of Tirana in front of the main institutional buildings, asking for the resignation of the Prime Minister Edi Rama and for early elections. On the other hand, the head of government has denied all accusations of links […]

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Domestic Policy

L’esperienza di secessione nell’ex Repubblica Federale di Jugoslavia: tra quadro costituzionale e profili applicativi

di Enrico Pelosato*  Introduzione al tema della secessione: osservazioni preliminari Da alcuni decenni, si sta assistendo all’emergere di movimenti separatisti in numerosi ordinamenti europei ed extraeuropei[1], quali ad esempio: il Canada[2], la Spagna[3], il Belgio[4], la Francia[5], il Regno Unito[6] e, seppur con sfumature diverse, l’Italia[7]. In tale contesto, i movimenti separatisti si pongono lungo […]

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Domestic Policy

Dhjetori i dytë: shkaqet dhe pasojat e mundshme të protestës së studentëve

Vazhdojnë në Tiranë protestat e studentëve të universiteteve për nje reformë te gjithanshme të arsimit në vend. Menjëherë në imagjinatën e përbashkët kjo protestë është lidhur me atë të 28 viteve më parë, edhe ajo e ndërmarrë në dhjetor, edhe ajo e përbërë nga studentët, të cilët sollën rrëzimin e regjimit komunist. Fuqia simbolike është […]

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Domestic Policy European integration Special issues

“This Framework Decision shall not have the effect of modifying the obligation to respect fundamental rights”: limits to the execution of a EAW due to detention conditions in Hungary

by Enrico Pelosato* The issue of the relationship between the enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) mechanism[1] and the protection of fundamental rights got its momentum with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which led to the granting of the Treaty-like status to the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Charter)[2].  Nevertheless, the […]