European Politics

Portugal – Is the top European destination ready for a renewed crisis?

21 janvier 2021 European Politics

5 min

Over ten years ago, the Lehman Brothers crashed into bankruptcy, leading to the greatest economic disaster since the Great Depression. This economic crisis agitated economies all over the world. From the United States to London, Paris, and Brussels. Every country – in a way, or another – was caught up in the bubble of an erupting financial system. Portugal was hit hard by the economic crisis, but somehow it managed to recover. Facing both a pandemic and a (new) economic crisis, will the strategy of the socialist government win over the memories of the past?

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NextGeneration EU: A better chance to spend European funds

19 janvier 2021 European Politics

5 min

“NextGeneration EU” is the Commission plan presented during the Covid-19 crisis to give financial aid to the Member States who lost more from the pandemic. The European bazooka of 750 billion euros should be made available by Spring 2021. However, even if this plan represents a big step for European solidarity, some concerns arise on the capacity of Member States to use these funds in an efficient way.

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Plan de relance européenne: Continuité ou renouveau politique?

18 janvier 2021 European Politics

5 min

L’Union Européenne a récemment adopté un plan de relance visant à rétablir l’économie des pays membres durement touchés par la crise sanitaire. Ce plan de près de 750 milliards d’euros s’inscrit dans la continuité de la politique de croissance verte menée par l’Union qui vise à réduire drastiquement ses émissions carbones d’ici 2050. Cependant une telle politique peut être remise en question, l’Union européenne va-t-elle assez loin dans ses politiques, ou bien devrait-elle en faire davantage afin d’espérer répondre efficacement à l’urgence climatique ?

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The new agreement on the rule of law conditionality: a possible solution?

13 novembre 2020 European Politics

6 min

After years of institutional debate on how to combat rule of law backsliding within the European Union, the European Parliament has reached an agreement with the Council linking EU funds to rule of law compliance. This means that the European Union will stop funding those national governments that threaten the rule of law, with the aim to get them to respect fundamental values listed in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union. This may not put an end to the problem the EU is currently facing vis-à-vis Hungary and Poland, but it represents a step torwards triggering further initiatives and maybe future reforms to the Treaties’ acquis.

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