Kosovo and Serbia: debate reignited by Albanian elections

A crucial week for Albania. Political elections in Albania took place on April, 25th. After the re-election of the former President, the opposition has claimed that election results have been manipulated; in the meantime, Serbia has complained about Kosovo’s prime minister voting in Albania. Let’s try to analyse these events, in order to better understand what is happening.

Albania’s parliamentary elections. The last week of April has been crucial for some Balkan countries. The center of the events is constituted by Albania’s elections: the elections held on April 25th led the Socialist Party to the win and Edi Rama, the…


The shift to a carbon-neutral economy requires expensive measures. How will the EU support its green transition and avoid greenwashing?

At the moment when I am writing this article, we still have 6 years, 250 days and roughly 13 hours left to achieve zero emissions and avoid a rise by more than 1.5°C in global temperatures. This level of warming is considered to be the “point of no return” as it represents our last chance to prevent and mitigate the worst risks related to climate change. However, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “some vulnerable regions, including small islands and Least Developed Countries, are projected to experience high multiple interrelated climate risks” even if we do meet…


Beyond traditional schemes: it is high time that both parents benefit from a gender neutral parental leave.

What is parental leave?

Parental leave has recently become a widely discussed topic, especially in relation to the ongoing public debate surrounding gender equality. …


The increasing popularity of platforms represents a remarkable issue for the EU legislation, how is the European Union responding?

Our generation has been shaped by this arcane and at times perilous entity which is the internet. Just the thought of living without it has become nonsensical. Everything is on the internet, everyone is on the internet. This giant creature is a mother to all the information we exchange on a daily basis, but not only. As we have become more and more accustomed to it, we made it gain the possibility to penetrate our lives even more. We can find everything we desire on it, everything we need, since the internet developed the capability to put us in contact…


HOW THE EU HAS MANAGED HIS DRUG POLICY AND HOW IT COULD BE IMPROVED UPON

Drug policies have always been a flammable topic, between those who call for prohibitionism and those who deem it necessary to legalize various drugs into the European market.

We must face drug policy not from a political point of view, based on the perceived morality or immorality of the subject matter, but start from the facts. Nowadays, more than 60 Million Europeans are usual consumers of drugs — the same in number as the whole Italian population. How have we come to this?

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What is the European drugs policy like? I think we all got to know it: in the…


Before and after COVID-19: how the health crisis affected abortion in Europe

Eleven digits populate the streets and the walls of Polish cities: 48 222 922 597. What do they mean? It’s a phone number that belongs to Kobiety w Sieci (in polish “women on the web”).

The latter is an association that helps women obtain information on abortions. From last year the number of web visitors to the Kobiety w Sieci website suddenly increased. Why is that?

In October 2020 the Polish Constitutional Court eliminated a law allowing abortions for fetal abnormalities which made up about one thousand of the annual abortions taking place legally in Poland. As a consequence, the…


History and shapes of the civil disobedience phenomenon

On June 18th, 1873, the feminist and civil rights activist Susan Anthony tried to vote in the Presidential Elections of the United States of America, despite being a woman. She was stopped, arrested and fined for having disobeyed the law in the attempt to fight and advocate for her rights, for what she believed in.

This episode epitomises the concept of civil disobedience: the refusal to obey the demands or commands of a government, without resorting to violence or active measures of opposition. …


An overview of the proposal for a Recovery Plan by the European Commission

The European Commission has come up with a proposal aimed at creating growth opportunities in the years following the economic crisis originated by the coronavirus pandemic: the two-fold investment programme, when approved, will support European economies through new financing and a reinforcement of the EU 2021–27 budget.

What is it?

The recovery package “Next Generation EU” consists of two separate financial instruments: 500 billion euros of grants and 250 billion euros of loans.

How did it originate?

The Commission’s proposal originated and evolved from a Franco-German proposal put forward in a joint press conference between the French President Emmanuel Macron…


Social media, online vote and politics without politicians, is this how the future will look?

Between the 2nd and and the 3rd of June of 1946, a referendum was held in Italy to decide the future institutional form of the country: the monarchy or the republic. The latter won and so democracy. 74 years have passed since then and many changes have occurred, in fact we need to remember that democracy is not simply a political system, but also a political process. Democracy changes and adapts in response to the many challenges, problems and events that come up over time. Then, it is legitimate to ask: how will democracy look like in the future?

Social…


How governments are globally rebuilding their arsenals in the public eye

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO-Russia relations constantly improved, and on May 27th 1997 NATO leaders and Russian President Boris Yeltsin reached a major result. They signed the NATO-Russia Founding Act, whose aim was the development of “ a lasting and inclusive peace in the Euro-Atlantic area on the principles of democracy and cooperative security.”

Today, twenty-three years after that historic moment, the international effort towards peacekeeping and disarmament could hardly offer a bleaker picture. All around the world a new arms race is accelerating, while the treaties that tried to prevent it are withering away.

Let us…

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