Month January 2020

Working Group on Security and Defense: 2019 Policy Review

The European Union’s Capacity to Act: Main Security Challenges in 2019 This annual security review aims to give an overview of the main security challenges the European Union (EU) faced as a regional power in 2019. The Working Group on… Continue Reading →

Economy driven diplomacy for conflict prevention

Written by Guido Lanfranchi Introduction In 2014, Pope Francis claimed that the world is currently witnessing a “piecemeal World War Three” (Reuters 2014). Although undoubtedly bold, this statement has been proved well-grounded. According to a report by the Institute for… Continue Reading →

The New Commission: Managing and Optimising the EU’s Natural Gas

Written by Loyle Campbell (Editor in Chief of the EST) There are many challenges and obstacles facing the incoming European Commission (EC) regarding energy and the environment. With the successful election of United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brexit… Continue Reading →

Spexit, or Spanish nationalists finally coming out of the Eurosceptic Closet

Written by Julia Fernández Arribas (Ambassador of Spain) On December 19th, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Oriol Junqueras, a Catalan leader who has spent the last two years in provisional detention, had the right to immunity the… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Thick Skin

Written by Paulina Rios-Maya After entering the field of international security as an intern at the World Customs Organization I discovered a group dedicated to the promotion of women in another wise male-dominated sector. ‘Women in International Security’ is a… Continue Reading →

Sentenced to death: the difficult case of ISIS’s European fighters

Written by Ombeline Lemarchal  On 27 May 2019, four French men were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after having been found guilty of joining the Islamic State (ISIS), also known by its Arabic name Daesh (BBC News, 2019)…. Continue Reading →

The battle for the rule of law is the battle for Europe

Written by Milena Sagawa-Krasny On 5 November 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Poland’s decision to lower their judges’ retirement age broke EU law. This is only the latest example of what has developed into a long-standing feud… Continue Reading →

10 years of the European Student Think Tank: Reflections on the way ahead

As the EST celebrates its 10-year anniversary we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the last decade and formulate our ambitions for the next. This year, the European Student Think Tank celebrates its 10th anniversary. In the… Continue Reading →

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