The war on terror: the last drift before the 2004 EU eastward enlargement

The whole world welcomed the beginning of a new millennium with spectacular celebrations and new hopes. In people’s mind, the year 2000 meant a jump in the future, in which technological development would have reached new and undiscovered worlds. According to popular beliefs, what was about to start was the millennium of the end of … Continue reading The war on terror: the last drift before the 2004 EU eastward enlargement

European Parliament Elections 2019: what future for the EU?

During the last weekend, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 26th May, the citizens of the 28 Member States of the European Union voted for the renewal of the European Parliament. The 2019 European elections are characterized by a tough electoral campaign based mainly on issues such as immigration, nationalism and Euroscepticism. This has led most … Continue reading European Parliament Elections 2019: what future for the EU?

The Roma in the European Union: the fragile fight against discrimination

The Roma are the EU’s largest minority and one of the most discriminated group in the European block. Notwithstanding the Indian origins, the Roma settled in Romania during the XIV century. With the 2007 enlargement of the European Union, large shares of people migrated to Western Europe, becoming a crucial part of the society in … Continue reading The Roma in the European Union: the fragile fight against discrimination

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

Western Balkans Accession Assessment

The Western Balkans Labor Market Trends 2019 report, published by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and the World Bank Group, described the improving labor market and overall GDP growth of the Western Balkans. Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia reported the strongest job growth in the Western Balkans. Most jobs in this region, … Continue reading Western Balkans Accession Assessment

Brexit and the implications for Central Eastern Europe

After two years of negotiations, the Brexit drama between Brussels and London is coming to an end. The deadline to reach a final withdrawal agreement has been set for March 29, two years after the Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered article 50 in 2017. The international community is experiencing a troubled and unprecedented moment … Continue reading Brexit and the implications for Central Eastern Europe

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

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

Human rights protection in Moldova: key challenges

In the last few years, EU-Moldova relations have grown closer and tighter, with Moldova benefiting from an increasing number of agreements and the EU eager to consolidate its influence in the country. However, there are still several impediments preventing this relation to achieve a quality leap. The compliance with international democratic standards in Moldova has … Continue reading Human rights protection in Moldova: key challenges

“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