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EST Ambassadors on the Emergency of Climate Change: PART 2

Flensburg, Germany: Germany climate change policies Climate change became a hot topic on the majority of political agendas dominating most of the discussions in the last years. This is happening because the issue is alarming and it touches most aspects… Continue Reading →

Revisiting the Lisbon Treaty ten years after its ratification

Written by Christian Schweiger (Shabka CPD Policy Blog) December 1st, 2019 marked the tenth anniversary of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty still remains the latest constitutional treaty of the EU, which is rather surprising given the multiple… Continue Reading →

Exciting New Partnership and Opportunities for 2020 and Beyond!

The EST Board is very happy to announce a new partnership that we have been working on over the past few months. Shabka is our newest partner and they are a ‘Strategic Think and Do Tank’ based out of Vienna,… 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 →

Modern slavery : Prisoners of time

Written by Xhoana Shegani (EST Ambassador to Albania) Although slavery, in its historical sense, is globally outlawed, human trafficking remains an international issue and it appears in all its forms: sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced criminality, child soldiers,… Continue Reading →

Human Rights: Is the Rights of Asylum Respected in Europe?

Written by Pierfrancesco Maria Lanza (EST Ambassador to Italy, Reggio Calabria) After the many wars and massacres of innocents that have ravaged Europe in the centuries since its formation, that have shown the horrific potential of human behaviour, in particular after… Continue Reading →

A Blueprint for Paradise? Historical approaches to the post-war Human Rights regime

Written by Egil Sturk (EST Ambassador of Sweden) “You are destined for a Great Monday!   Fine! But Sunday will never end.” (Kafka, Diaries: 1910-1923) The long-awaited triumph versus the burden of history: the first sentence of Kafka’s aphorism captures the utopian… Continue Reading →

The state of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Written by Enna Zone Đonlić (EST Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina) From the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Charter, the Declaration of Universal Human Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights, human rights are known to most of the… Continue Reading →

Human Trafficking: A Global Issue

Written by Tekla Scharwaschidze (EST Ambassador for Austria) Human trafficking is a massive violation of fundamental human rights and it has been well documented that no country is fully immune from it (UNODC, 2006. “Virtually no country immune from human trafficking, UNODC… Continue Reading →

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