After many debates and statements of principle in recent years, the time for a more structured discussion on the European Union’s future development has arrived. The Conference on the Future of Europe – inspired by an idea first voiced by French President Emmanuel Macron and later announced by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in her inaugural address – provides the perfect backdrop for this. The aim of this Conference, after all, is to debate how
Amid increasing concerns over climate change, the European Commission pushed forward a proposal for establishing a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism on the 14th of July 2021, increasing carbon prices on imported goods to avoid carbon leakage. Following the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), the European Green Deal and the climate law, this proposal is another green step that exemplifies the EU’s interest in coordinating global climate governance. Due to its large volume of
[A post-colonial investigation, also published on the "Places in the Sun" book and website.] Credit photo: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dadd-the-flight-out-of-egypt-n05767 When attempting to quantify the vast territorial holdings of the British Empire, particularly throughout much of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century, it has often been noted that from the Western Canadian shores to Australia and Oceania, the sun never set on the Empire. Put another way, if a
From the three communities on the European Political Cooperation to achieving consistency in EU’s External Action Credit photo: https://www.cer.eu/in-the-press/importance-european-foreign-and-security-policy How does the European Union ensure that Member States and their institutions follow the same path when it comes to external action? The aim of this article is to understand how the foreign policy of the European Union has evolved around the establishment of a coherence ma
Abstract Multiple western nations, led by the United States (US), accuse the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of genocide targeting ethnic minorities in the country’s most north-western region, Xinjiang. The PRC, backed by dozens of international supporters, pushes back inviting the US-led block to stay out of domestic affairs. This paper aims to give a deeper look into the international debate regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) actions in Xinjiang, with a specific
The coalition between Erdoğan’s AKP and the nationalist MHP, which took form after the election in spring 2015, may have appeared strange to many people. The collaboration between Islamists and nationalist is, however, by no means anything new, but rather has deep underlying causes – causes which have paved the way for the situation we see today. The final power overtake of the Islamists may at the same time not be seen as a paradigm change, but rather as part of a continuum.