16.06.2021
Why Europe is at the Heart of Scotland’s Independence Debate

Political positions on Scotland’s relationship with the EU are largely determined by opinions on independence, hampering meaningful debate.

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26.05.2021
Referendums in Italy: Direct Democracy under Controlled Conditions

Designed to safeguard against a return of authoritarianism, the Italian constitutional framework leaves little space for direct democracy – yet referendums are not uncommon in the country.

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29.04.2021
Between Common Currency and Common Values

Short-term fixes in times of crisis are no longer enough if the Eurozone is the key to an ever closer union.

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19.12.2017
Bypassing Environmental Guarantees for Good: Constitutional Reform in Greece

Could reforms on the horizon in Greece mean the end of environmental protection?

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05.10.2016
“We Need to Bring Back the Sublime in Politics”

The anti-government protests in Poland seem quite disconnected from the legacy of Solidarity, which seems to have been left behind, while it remains to be seen whether the emergence of new political actors signals a genuine shift in the political landscape. An interview with Sociologist Jan Sowa by Claudia Ciobanu.

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18.05.2016
The Polish Catholic Church Has Become Intertwined with Euroscepticism and the Promotion of Conservative “National Values”

After a surge of support in the Presidential and General Elections last year, the right-wing national conservative Law and Justice Party now dominates Polish politics.

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02.02.2016
Constitutional Crisis in Poland

The recent accession of the right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) to power has seen the judiciary and legal systems in Poland struck by swift and far-reaching reforms, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. With the phrase “constitutional crisis” being increasingly heard, it is time to examine what is happening to the legal system in Poland.

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25.01.2016
What’s the Matter with Poland?

The events of the last couple of weeks in Poland are no peripheral abomination, and certainly no exception. They are a part of a global trend of liberal democratic models becoming weaker and weaker, a trend which can also be found in the heart of Europe.

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23.01.2016
The Rule of Law Challenge in Europe: From Hungary to Poland

In 2013, Rui Tavares, then Portuguese Member of the European Parliament among the Greens-EFA group, put forward a report that investigated the threats to fundamental rights that Orban’s government had given rise to in Hungary since 2010, and proposed mechanisms for a common European response to such actions, both in Hungary and potential future similar cases.

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30.09.2014
Nine months later: A victory for the right to choose

Civil society pressure, upcoming elections, and a lack of consensus within the Popular Party led to plans for the restriction of abortion to be abandoned – and caused the resignation of the Spanish Justice Minister last week.

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