Can the European Migration and Asylum Policy be Reformed?

The right to asylum is explicitly stated in the EU Treaties. Article 18 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states, “the right to asylum shall be guaranteed”. This ethos is repeated in Articles 67(2) and 78 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It is against EU... Continue Reading →

Cohesion Policy Trends in Lisbon Strategy and Europe 2020

The Lisbon Strategy, also known as the Lisbon Agenda or Lisbon Process, was an action and development plan devised in 2000, for the economy of the European Union between 2000 and 2010. Europe 2020, on the other hand, is a 10-year strategy proposed by the European Commission on 3 March 2010 for the advancement of... Continue Reading →

Relevance of the Nation-State in European Integration

This article is my response to Stanley Hoffmann's Obstinate or Obsolete? The Fate of the Nation-State and the Case of Western Europe (1966). First of all, it should be mentioned that Hoffmann was somewhat sceptical of the regional integration movement in Europe. Considering the timing of this writing—when Charles de Gaulle was making significant moves... Continue Reading →

Will the EU Get Its Security Union Right This Time?

In the wake of the Brussels terrorist attack of 2016, the Juncker Commission made considerable efforts towards an effective and genuine Security Union. This article assesses the outline of the Security Union as envisioned by the Juncker Commission. It then examines the fundamental changes that emerged with the inauguration of the von der Leyen Commission,... Continue Reading →

Fighting over the EU Budget

German Chancellor Merkel called him ‘childish’, and French President Macron used the phrase ‘what arrogance’. These were the remarks concerning Dutch Prime Minister Rutte at the Special European Council meeting on 20-21 February 2020 (Pieters, 2020), where the heads of EU member states gathered to discuss the EU’s long-term budget. Work on the multiannual financial... Continue Reading →

Jean Monnet’s Proposal for the European Integration Process in the 1950s

Following the end of the Second World War, Europe saw numerous attempts of regional integration. While many initiatives remained at the intergovernmental level or simply failed, the Schuman Plan prevailed, adequately addressing the age-long Franco-German problem and paving a new platform for lasting prosperity and peace of Europe. The motivations for this European integration effort... Continue Reading →

Fundamental Rights in the EU

Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union clearly states that the EU is founded upon the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. The EU institutions abide by these values in every action, and the Member States are expected to do the same... Continue Reading →

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