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The EU as a ‘normative power’ is delusional, writes Emilie Naulot. Using the example of the diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, this article argues that when economic and security interests are at stake, ideological pretensions tend to be left aside. Indeed, Taiwan ticks all the boxes to be considered as a sovereign nation-state and exhibits good… » read more

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Written by Adela Alexandra Iacoboc, Content Officer (Politics & Institutions) Last Saturday, on the 25th of March, Europe was celebrating 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the EU’s founding treaty officially establishing the European Economic Community. The Treaty of Rome enshrined into law the foundation of the European project, which brought… » read more

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In less than a week, Article 50 will be triggered by the UK. On the same day of this announcement, the European Parliament Research Service published for the first time a document that reflects some of the thinking of inside the EU. Barbara Aubin, Head of Content at the 1989 Generation Initiative, explains why the… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Asylum and the EU” at its launching conference. Written by Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. Tear down those… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Amplifying Voices” at its launching conference. Written by Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. Taking back control: The development… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Education for Engagement” at its launching conference. Written by Greta Schmuelling, Content Officer. Knowledge is power, and this… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Mitigating Conflict” at its launching conference. By Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. Tackling the roots of the refugee… » read more

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The Dutch parliamentary elections on 15th March are perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. There are 150 seats being voted on and as a first in recent history, the Dutch have more parties to choose from than ever before (28 parties). Minister-President Mark Rutte’s liberal-centre right Party for Freedom and Democracy… » read more

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  What is democracy and how far do we go to defend it in the face of populists and demagogues who would defile democracy for their own selfish ends? These questions are answered in the following essay. By Dominik Kirchdorfer   Democracy is quite a simple concept. Yet the majority of citizens today do not… » read more

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