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The European Human Rights system

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Today we’ll focus on the evolution of the European system, with a brief overview of its key institutions and the composition, structure, and functions of the European court. And we’ll also review in brief, some of the Court’s key achievements, and some of the potential risks of its success. Let’s begin with a brief overview of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. […]

Dependence on Russian Energy and Eurosceptic MEPs: A Wicked Problem or a Joint Solution?

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 Events in the first half of 2014 are likely to present somewhat of a headache to those working in Europe’s climate and energy sector, but they could also provide a solution. Much of Europe is addicted to Russian energy imports, impinging the continent’s ability to isolate Russia as a result of its recent engagement with […]

The birth of Europe

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When and how the international organization creating these association of states was born and became what it is today. It’s evolution has been rather fortuitous because the European Founding Fathers. They did not necessarily foresaw how significant their creature would have become. Let’s make a step back in history. If I ask you, the legacy […]

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Approaching Europe: Israel and the Knowledge-Based Society

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  Yoav Freidman, Hannah Moscovitz and Hila Zahavi The conference “Approaching Europe: Israel and the Knowledge-Based Society”, jointly organized by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Bologna Training Center (BTC) and the Israel office of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, sought to examine the European experience in higher education policy and reform, focusing on the European Higher Education […]

Giving Substance to Austerity Alternatives

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TRAVEL DIARY: Day 9 of our caravan tour through the Iberian peninsula, part of the Transeuropa caravans Leaving Faro was hard, for one because we would have liked to spend more time with the lovely people and at our lovely hostel, and for another because we left so terribly early (Paula forgot at least three […]

Goodbye from Brussels & my Ombudsman case against the European Commission

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Yesterday has been my last day at the Transparency International EU Office, before returning into the world of political science in June. In fact, I will be starting Monday as a researcher at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Funny coincidence that  also yesterday the European Ombudsman has decided to officially close my case […]

Are the Treaties more integrationist than their Masters?

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In defence of my proposed inter-pillar tie-breaker, I remarked that the Treaties have a tendency of being more integrationist – i.e. more inclined towards strengthening European integration – than the Member States, even though the Member States are supposed to be the Maîtres des Traités, the Masters of the Treaties. So I started to wonder: […]

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