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 … Continue reading Right-Wing Populism and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

Fifteen years of membership: the complexities of the EU’s eastward enlargement

The history of the European continent is a history of divisions and reunifications. In 1989 the fall of the Berlin Wall has reunified Europe after almost forty-five years. East Europe and West Europe, with the end of the Cold War divide, could finally get back what history stole from them. In 1990, the Czech President … Continue reading Fifteen years of membership: the complexities of the EU’s eastward enlargement

The challenges and the future of the EU’s Enlargement to the Western Balkans

The syndrome of the so called ‘enlargement fatigue’ outlined the last decade of debates on further enlargement of the European Union and, with the socio-political situation of the countries involved, limited the chance for opening the doors of the Union to the Western Balkans and fostering deeper engagement. The Balkan region, an integral part of Europe … Continue reading The challenges and the future of the EU’s Enlargement to the Western Balkans

Sea of Flames: the Russia-Ukraine possible escalation in the Black and Azov Seas

A possible escalation in the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine is mounting in the last days in the Black Sea and Azov Sea region, after Russian naval forces seized three Ukrainian ships. After the two ground-battle frontlines, first in Crimea and then in Donbas, the conflict could now spread to the sea with the opening … Continue reading Sea of Flames: the Russia-Ukraine possible escalation in the Black and Azov Seas

“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 … Continue reading “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

The Enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant Mechanism in the presence of Systematic Deficiencies in a Member State’s Judicial System: the Polish case

by Enrico Pelosato*  The basis of cooperation among EU Member States in criminal matters is the notion of “mutual trust”, which represents the precondition for the creation of a common European Area of Criminal Justice. The notion of mutual trust identifies a model of cooperative actions based on common norms, as highlighted by Article 4(3) … Continue reading The Enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant Mechanism in the presence of Systematic Deficiencies in a Member State’s Judicial System: the Polish case

The Western Struggle in the Balkans: The European Challenge.

After 1989, the international community experienced a mixed-emotions situation. On the one hand, euphoria for the end of the bipolar division took the lead inside NATO which saw the launch of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, and within the European Community, where the main goal became the establishment of a common currency and the achievement … Continue reading The Western Struggle in the Balkans: The European Challenge.