Month December 2015

Double Standards of Solidarity in the Cases of Paris and Beirut

By Strahinja Subotic, graduate student at the Central European University Introduction Recently, terrorist attacks occurred in Paris and Beirut, resulting in a great number of victims. In Paris, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks resulted in killing 130 people, while… Continue Reading →

EST Ambassador Johannes Tropper’s visit to the OPEC: A report

Our Ambassador to Austria Johannes Tropper organized a visit to OPEC in Vienna on the 14th of December to get an insight into the work of OPEC and the future of the global energy policy. Following his visit, Johannes has… Continue Reading →

Spain Looks South: the Spanish Presence in Africa

By Rodrigo Quintas da Silva, student of International Studies at the ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and intern at Contraditório Think Tank In the last few years, Spain has reinforced its military presence in Africa, especially in the north, Sahel, and… Continue Reading →

Q&A with European Diplomat Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy: “I hope that we achieve a much more effective EU. It seems that every time we need a crisis to realise we need to improve our cooperation”.

The EST was lucky to interview European Diplomat Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy. The Dutch politician is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament. Having graduated in Government, Politics and Business and now an EP Diplomat, Gerbrandy… Continue Reading →

Government of the People? The lack of input legitimacy in the decision-making process of the European Union

  By Onna Malou van der Broek, Master’s student Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Utrecht University The democratic deficit of the European Union (EU) has become a popular concept and is used frequently in newspapers and scientific research (Lelieveldt… Continue Reading →

Six Questions with European diplomat George Cunningham

The EST was delighted to host a snap interview with European diplomat George Cunningham in September. Mr Cunningham began his career as a soldier, worked for several multinational companies, and ran an international non-governmental organisation. He then became a UN… Continue Reading →

The Syrian Story of Migration

By Suad Skenderi, executive director and author of the academic medium Romalitico Roma and writer for the EST. The topic of migration is one of the most hotly debated issues in Europe, especially since the Syrian crisis that started in 2011…. Continue Reading →

Q&A with MEP Jongerius

Agnes Jongerius, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has agreed to answer questions for the EST. She discusses issues ranging from involving youth in the European policy process or the use of social media by MEPs to restructuring EU-institutions. Jongerius… Continue Reading →

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