A Rocky Road to Reform: the promises of the Conference on the Future of Europe

A Rocky Road to Reform?

Abstract As per Joint Declaration, the Conference on the Future of Europe will end with a report to the Joint Presidency in spring 2022. All institutions and member states have pledged to follow up with the report swiftly and effectively. Despite agreeing on the Declaration and the Conference Rules of Procedure, however, the institutions and […]

Accession from the Inside: CoFoE and the strong pleas of self-determination movements

Accession from the Inside?

Abstract This article considers the role of secessionist parties at the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). The formation of the Self-Determination Caucus by nine MEPs raises several questions for the Conference’s proposals to bridge the gap between institutions and citizens. The article offers a brief discussion of the literature on the principle of […]

Another Missed Opportunity in the Western Balkans?

Towards Another Missed Opportunity for the Western Balkans?

At the onset of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), the future of the European Union’s expansion in the Western Balkans (WB) seems to have reached a new stalemate. Yet, the CoFoE could offer an opportunity to rekindle the EU’s agenda in the WB. Much, however, may depend on the outcome of the […]

Europe versus an Emerging China: Rivalry, Partnership, or Something Else?

Europe versus an Emerging China: Rivalry, Partnership, or Something Else?

Abstract In the post-Covid world, patterns seem to be emerging that put to question the viability of the world order as we have know it until now. Western democracies seem to have handled the situation worse than China, with its authoritarian model, and the PRC is capitalising on it, building the image of a new […]

Europe and China: Why and How to Prevent the New Cold War

Europe and China: Why and How to Prevent the New Cold War

Abstract For decades, the EU’s relationship with China has been fairly stable and beneficial, calling the state a strategic partner to the EU. In the past few years however, the rhetoric and policies have evolved to identify China as a systemic rival, causing the dynamic of the EU and its allies to shift towards a […]

A Populist Post-COVID Wave?

A Populist Post-COVID Wave?

Abstract Even though populist movements typically thrive in political, economic, and/or social crises, the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be difficult for populists across Europe to politicize and mediate. The extent to which populists have been able to capitalize on the pandemic has varied from country to country. This article will examine how European populist movements […]

EU Strategic Autonomy: Industry Implications in the Changing World Trade Order

EU Strategic Autonomy: Industry Implications in the Changing World Trade Order

Abstract Concurrent factors are rapidly reshaping our vision of the international economy: the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on industries and value chains; the growth and growing assertiveness of China; and the United States’ redefinition of its role in the various regions of the world. How do these major factors affect the present and future […]

Algorithms vs culture?

Algorithms vs culture?

Abstract During the months-long worldwide lockdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, not only our economies but also our public sphere decisively and irreversibly shifted into a digital realm. The omnipresence of algorithms in our increasingly digitalised public sphere has had a significant impact on the public discourse and agenda. At the same time, we […]