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European integration Special issues

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 […]

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geopolitics

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 […]

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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 […]

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Domestic Policy Special issues

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) […]

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Commentaries European integration

Come il rapporto Sargentini ha unito i Visegrad

Per la seconda volta dal 2009, il Parlamento europeo ha fatto ricorso alla cosiddetta “opzione nucleare” per saldare i conti con uno stato membro e anche questa volta, uno dei quattro paesi Visegrad. È del 12 settembre la ‘decisione’ del parlamento di Bruxelles di attivare l’Art. 7 del Trattato di Lisbona contro Budapest. La votazione ha seguito […]

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geopolitics

Military expenditure and geostrategic dilemmas in Central-Eastern Europe

A recent publishing made by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) sheds light on the world military expenditure during the past year. The report highlights two opposite trends (Table 1): while there has been a significant increase in military expenditure in Central Europe (which rose by 12% between 2016 and 2017), Eastern Europe experienced […]

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geopolitics

Dall’altra parte del muro: il 1989 e i suoi effetti

Simbolicamente, la caduta del muro di Berlino ha rappresentato la fine definitiva della pluridecennale Guerra Fredda e della divisione del continente europeo. La cortina di ferro raccontata da Churchill crollava per sempre, mentre tutte le principali emittenti televisive e radiofoniche d’Occidente e non solo trasmettevano dirette da Berlino. Le immagini di quel muro di cemento […]

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European integration geopolitics Special issues

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 […]