Europe Column

Should the government exclude the private sector from recycling public data?

20/07/2021 Viktória Lilla Pató

The digital revolution of the 21st century increases the amount and the flow of data rapidly, meanwhile the reusability potential of data generated in the public sector is not exploited.

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Conference on the Future of Europe: how many citizens will actually be involved?

06.07.2021. Vivien Kalas

How effective can citizens’ participation be in the Conference on the Future of Europe?

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Why Britain’s alleged violation of Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea has a wide range of implications as London strives to redefine its global perception in the aftermath of Brexit?

29.06.2021. Bálint Pongrácz

 “Let’s take back control” - the (in-)famous Brexit campaign slogan that came to be a grim commitment for its vivid advocate Boris Johnson and his government. The Conservatives campaigned for complete national sovereignty and now that it is granted, their objective is to revive an ever stronger Britain and what could be more fitting than to use the Royal Navy, once synonymous with British supremacy, to declare the return of a strong, affirmative and independent global actor?

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26th of June: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

28.06.2021. Laura Schmidt

Since 1997, on the 26th of June every year the international community celebrates the Day in Support of Victims of Torture to call on stakeholders and civilians to unite in support of people who have been victims of torture.

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Madame Jourová goes to a mistaken war

23.06.2021. Tibor Navracsics

We have learned from Ryszard Kapuscinski’s Soccer War that prior to a soccer game, strange things can occur. Annoying or stressful events happen that put the players of the opponent under pressure or do not let them relax, sleep or prepare for the game. If it is a decisive match, risks are obviously higher. So it is no wonder that the Hungarian national soccer team is under a heavy pressure now. They surprised Europe with a tie on Saturday against France which is one of the biggest favourite of this year’s tournament. Suddenly, the team previously widely regarded as an ardent bunch of eleven people got teeth. Now they are preparing for their next challenge against Germany, tonight, in Munich.

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Hungary’s seven theses on the future of Europe

22.06.2021. Balázs Tárnok

In his address delivered at the conference entitled ‘Day of Hungarian Independence’ on June 19, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán listed the government’s seven theses as he spoke up in the debate about the future of the EU for the first time.

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Biden’s Brussels moment

16.06.2021. Aron J. Miszlivetz

While transatlantic allies met yesterday under the auspices of NATO, today the EU leaders are meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. Naturally, the G7 meeting in Cornwall predestined the topics of today such as an assertive China, reinvigorating global trade, climate change and the challenge caused by Russia. While the world is slowly coming out of the pandemic, a new normal is starting to form, with increasing technological developments and challenges, such in the cyber field. Will leaders be able to take custody of an increasingly challenging future or only make good-sounding commitments? Most importantly, how will the EU define itself vis-à-vis the new U.S. leadership?

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Towards a new security paradigm? The EU’s Security Union Strategy

30.04.2021. - Aron James Miszlivetz

Last July, the European Commission published a 5-year strategy on the security of the Union for the period 2021-2025. A decade ago, it was nearly unthinkable that the EU would focus so strongly on security, since its „birth” has made it more an economic union between nations to prevent war on the continent. Why was this strategy necessary and how can it make citizen’s lives better on the „Old continent”?

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Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: a reinterpreted instrument?

2021. 03. 31. - Gát Ákos Bence

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union originally required guarantees for the fundamental rights not from the Member States but from EU institutions. This would be changed by the EU's mainstream policy, which would also use the Charter to hold Member States accountable.

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Competitiveness without competition? The Ericsson-Huawei affair and the EU’s 5G strategy

2021.03.03. Aron James Miszlivetz

2020 ended with not only a new wave of the COVID pandemic, but also telecom companies scrambling over 5G networks.

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Small, but professional: The Centers on Thematic Expertise in DG NEAR

2021.02.03. Aron James Miszlivetz 

In the European Commission, it is not only horizontal coordination that takes the lead. Relevant thematic and policy-specific expertise are crucial components in complementing broad knowledge on different topics and regions regarding the EU. One of these units (seven overall) is called the Center on Thematic Expertise (COTE) dealing with Crisis Reaction and Security Sector Reform in the Southern Neighborhood as part of DG NEAR, the EU’s Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement.

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Hungarian Government cuts political ties with Commissioner Jourová

30-09-2020 - dr. Balázs Tárnok

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has called for the resignation of European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová over her derogatory statements about Hungarian democracy. Demanding the removal of the Commissioner nominated by Hungary’s close ally in the Visegrad Group, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, is a direct consequence of Jourová’s controversial statements, regarding Hungarian democracy, expressed in an interview published by the German Der Spiegel on Friday. PM of Hungary argues that Jourová, by making direct political attack on Hungary, violated the Treaties, and thus, cannot pose any longer as the guardian of EU law. Furthermore, PM Viktor Orbán made an unprecedented move in EU history when deciding to cut political ties with the Commissioner in charge of European values and the rule of law until her resignation is completed.

Tovább a bejegyzésre.

Turbulent fall after elections: North Macedonia

02-09-2020 - Aron James Miszlivetz

North Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev returned to the position of Prime Minister after his resignation which lasted for eight months. What does this mean for the EU and the accession process?

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The rule of law debate and the Covid-19 pandemic:
towards an ever divided Union?

26-06-2020 - Ákos Bence Gát

The Covid-19 pandemic was an interesting test of the EU’s rule of law policy. In times of crisis, it would have been logical to suspend usual political battles. The experience showed that once again, the practice happened to be different from the theory.

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Preparing for the new Pact on Migration and Asylum

08-06-2020 - Vivien Kalas

The European Commission is expected to present its proposal for the new Pact on Migration and Asylum before the end of June. However, viewpoints of the member states still did not converge and because of this, it will be difficult for the Commission to find a solution that suits everyone.

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Why did the Hungarian Government win the European Parliament debate in advance on the state of the rule of law in Hungary?

14-05-2020 - Dr. Tibor Navracsics

The European Parliament is hosting a plenary debate today on the state of the rule of law in Hungary. However, the initiative will not achieve its objective predictably. In the sections below, we'll tell you why.

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The Hungarian card came is out of the vest pocket of Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis

29-04-2020 - Csilla Hegedüs

Head of State Klaus Iohannis was reported to the National Anti-Discrimination Council by the Imre Mikó Legal Protection Service. The legal protection service asks the Council to investigate Klaus Iohannis' statement issued this morning, in which the Head of State of Romania seriously violates the right of the Hungarian community to dignity and speaks in an unworthy and discriminatory manner about the Hungarians in Romania.

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Hungarian “Coronavirus Law” is compatible with EU regulations

24-04-2020 - Vivien Kalas

In April, critical voices against Hungary have intensified again in the European Union. Politicians passed judgment on the Hungarian Act on Protection against Coronavirus, however European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourová defended the law and this can alleviate the current heightened mood.

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Corona Presidency: towards and ideological presidency

14-04-2020 - Dr. Tibor Navracsics

The outbreak of coronavirus may reshape the ideological patterns of the Council of the European Union. Where will the upcoming German presidency’s objective “to make Europe stronger in solidarity” lead the strongly divided European integration?

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The EU’s crisis response to COVID-19: Civil or military aspect?

11-04-2020 - Aron James Miszlivetz

At the beginning of the year due to the quick European spread of the coronavirus outbreak the EU slowly started to act. On the 28th of January, the Croatian Presidency of the European Council activated the EU’s Crisis Response Mechanism fully operational by 2 March. What can the EU learn from NATO’s response to crises and is that enough when facing an invisible enemy of twenty nanometers?

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Hommage à la Croatie!

31-03-2020 - Dr Tibor Navracsics

In the first half of 2020 Croatia holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Presumably, the country has had the most difficult presidency period in the history of integration. Nevertheless, the youngest member of the European Union should not be ashamed as it reaches the halftime of his presidency. In an extraordinary situation, the Croats are heroically trying to keep the European integration on its original trajectory.

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European Union criticizes Hungary again

26-03-2020 - Vivien Kalas

Since 2010, Hungary has been the subject of constant criticism from the institutions of the European Union because of the government’s actions. Now, the European Commission has the opportunity again to start an investigation into the Hungarian bill on „Protection against coronavirus”.

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China is overtaking

18-03-2020 - Dr Tibor Navracsics

The first victim of the corona virus outbreak has suffered not only in human lives, but also in the destruction of its diligently built international prestige. Today, however, it has taken the initiative again and even seems to be giving the European Union a lesson in acting effectively.

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Is the European nation born now?

17-03-2020 - Dr Tibor Navracsics

No, it isn't. Although history teaches that crises are important in the formation and strengthening of communities, the current epidemic does not favour European solutions. On the contrary, today, the European Union operates more along  national lines than it has ever been in the last half-century.

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