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Category Archives: Security & Defence

How the Past and the Future shaped the European Defence Fund

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In the past four years the European Union has become an increasingly important actor in the field of defence. One key development, the establishment of a European Defence Fund (EDF) with a budget of 7.953 billion EUR for defence research and development for the period 2021–2027, has generated much interest in academic and policy circles. […]

Europe chooses Digital Sovereignty. What about Ukraine?

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In mid-December the European Commission announced two draft laws on the regulation of the IT market. The Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act are intended to limit the influence of global Internet companies in the EU. European officials define these initiatives as a tool that can ensure fair competition in the European IT […]

Emerging Security Technologies and EU Governance: Actors, Practices and Processes

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What role do technologies play in European integration? How EU governance of security technologies is changing and how does it differ from other major players? These and other questions are examined in a recent book Emerging Security Technologies and EU Governance: Actors, Practices and Processes, edited by Antonio Calcara, Raluca Csernatoni and Chantal Lavallée. In […]

Illegal weapons in Ukraine is a threat to Europe

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In mid-September in one of the restaurants of Odessa occurred an exchange of fire. Two gunmen injured each other with live ammunition. Bullets also hit the windows of a nearby house. By a happy coincidence of circumstances, none of house inhabitants was injured. According to the police, the gunmen belong to one of the organized […]

Cybersecurity and the EU: lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world hard. While medical researchers are racing to find a vaccine, malicious actors are exploiting the new range of possibilities to interfere with IT devices. Cybersecurity has become a prominent feature of the pandemic, especially in the health sector.  

Virtual ECPR Knowledge Politics and Policies 2020

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What is the role of knowledge today when almost every aspect of our lives is affected by the global pandemic? What changes does this radically new situation bring to politics and policies of science, technology and higher educattion?  These and other questions were discussed at the Knowledge Politics and Policies Section of the first virtual […]

Failure to launch? The implications of the FC/ASW Missile Program for post-Brexit defense cooperation

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The ongoing negotiations over a comprehensive trade agreement have sidelined discussion of Anglo-EU security and defense cooperation, and the future relationship between the EU and Britain is uncertain. Considering mounting tensions with China and Russia as well as the security implications of COVID-19, the evident neglect of security and defense is concerning. Today’s EuroBlog entry […]

The European Union and the Responsibility to Protect

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The EU’s support for R2P The EU’s engagement with the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) – a principle agreed by UN members in 2005 to prevent and respond to atrocities – reflects a surprisingly mixed record in some respects. The slow pace and, at times, ambivalence with which the EU has explicitly embraced R2P, in spite […]

Poor Detention Conditions and the European Arrest Warrant: Are Social Rights the Way Forward?

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With poor detention and prison conditions in EU Member states, Neža Šubic argues that social rights should be taken seriously in the context of the European Arrest Warrant. This would be the next step in designing an ever more rights-based Union. 

After the EP Elections 2019: Mind the populists’ divisions concerning EU policies!

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The longstanding “duopoly” between the two major parties is over: The 9th European Parliament (2019-2024) will have a political centre that is both larger and more multi-coloured, with more broadly liberal or green Members. Populist Radical Right Parties gained in weight, too, but their success was – overall – significantly smaller than expected.

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