German federal elections 2021: novelties and uncertainties

By Güney Roman Erturk*Guest Contributor In Germany, it’s “Superwahljahr“ (super election year). In short, this means that multiple elections will take place this year including federal elections, six states and two local elections. Nevertheless, all eyes are on the upcoming federal elections which means that this year is going to be both exciting and unpredictable.Continue reading “German federal elections 2021: novelties and uncertainties”

Bulgaria’s political crisis and its impact on North Macedonia’s EU accession 

By CJ Stowell*Guest Contributor Bulgaria is going to hold its third election of 2021, and North Macedonia is watching with anticipation. North Macedonia has been waiting for EU accession for over two decades, and after a painful compromise with Greece in 2019, the possibility of EU membership seemed within reach (Halasz, Labropoulou, and McKenzie 2019).Continue reading “Bulgaria’s political crisis and its impact on North Macedonia’s EU accession “

Sweden’s political crisis – what is happening?

By Jennifer BergmanEurope Analyst As a politically stable country, Swedish domestic politics is not usually the centre of focus on the international scene, but two weeks ago, the Nordic country entered into a political crisis. On Monday the 21st of June, the Swedish government passed a vote of no confidence for the Social Democratic rulingContinue reading “Sweden’s political crisis – what is happening?”

Post-Biden Europe trip: what to expect moving forward

By Ian Teunissen van ManenNorth America Analyst Earlier this month, US President Biden embarked on a trip to Europe, marking his first international travel since taking office in January. This trip included stops in the UK for the G7 Summit and Brussels for meetings with EU leaders and the NATO Summit (Miller, 2021). The tripContinue reading “Post-Biden Europe trip: what to expect moving forward”

What can we expect from the NATO 2021 Summit?

By Jennifer Bergman Europe Analyst On June 14th, NATO is holding its Summit of allied leaders at its headquarters in Brussels, which will focus on the NATO 2030 agenda. In their press release from April this year, the Alliance listed the challenges that they will be covering in their discussions, centring on the topics ofContinue reading “What can we expect from the NATO 2021 Summit?”

NATO – EU strategic dialogue on the application of artificial intelligence

By Zeynep BasaranGuest Contributor* 2020 was dominated by a global epidemiological crisis, one that continues to challenge the international order in 2021. While trying to mitigate the adverse consequences of the crisis, both Nation States – and the international organisations they are part of – must prepare for the implications of emerging technologies – especiallyContinue reading “NATO – EU strategic dialogue on the application of artificial intelligence”

EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals”

By Mert Can Yazıcı Guest Contributor* Since the new European Commission took the office, Africa has been a high priority in the European Union (EU)’s political and diplomatic agenda.[1] This became clear with Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to make her first official visit outside Europe to the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa,Continue reading “EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals””

Is Europe’s creative sector the collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19?

By Jennnifer Bergman Europe Analyst  It has been just over a year since European cities were struck by an outbreak of the largest pandemic in a century. Across European cities, streets emptied and once buzzing neighbourhoods became ghost towns. With social distancing and people confined to their homes, theatres, museums, gigs, and other cultural institutionsContinue reading “Is Europe’s creative sector the collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19?”

Carbon neutrality: cooperation between Europe and China

By Blanca Trepat* Guest Contributor Last September 2020, President Xi Jinping announced China’s intention to become carbon neutral by 2060. This pledge could be a tipping point in the fight against climate change at a global level since it will contribute considerably to the already existing European Union (EU)’s efforts in the field of climateContinue reading “Carbon neutrality: cooperation between Europe and China”