Category European Integration

It wasn’t Us, it was the EU!

Written by Elodie Arpa, Ambassador to Austria “The European Union is the perfect scapegoat”. National politicians travel to Brussels to vote on legislative proposals of the European Commission. They debate these proposals and modify them. To enact a law, a… Continue Reading →

25 Years of Eurasian Integration: Success or failure? (Part I)

Written by Dmitry Erokhin On March 29th 1994, in the walls of Moscow State University, the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, created the idea of a new association: the Eurasian Union (“Lecture by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at Moscow… Continue Reading →

Can Europe Defend Itself?

Written by Elodie Arpa, EST Ambassador to Austria The United States have left the INF-treaty and let the arms race of the cold war repeat itself. In the Middle East surrogate conflicts cause starvation, destruction and millions of deaths. The… Continue Reading →

The Euro Just Turned 20!

Written by Elodie Arpa, Ambassador to Austria This year the Euro celebrates its 20th anniversary. 19 EU-member states use the Euro as their national currency, which means more than 340 million Europeans trade with it on a daily basis (a… Continue Reading →

Reforming the Corporate Taxation in The European Union: Paradox, Challenge and Opportunity

Written by Shu-Chien Chen Despite the European Union’s (EU) history of development for more than five decades; the EU is now suffering from a backlash and crises. The prevalence of aggressive tax avoidance scenarios conducted by multinationals is one of the… Continue Reading →

Treaty of Aachen 2019: France and Germany renew vows in hope for a stronger EU

Written by Yasmine Idrissi In the midst of Brexit, populism gaining ground, and a rising tide of skepticism towards multilateralism, the liberal values of the European bloc are undoubtedly under threat. In an attempt to amend and renew their commitment to… Continue Reading →

The Western Balkans: A Marionette between the East and the West

Written by Evelyn Shi How much ‘self’ does ‘self-determination’ allow? Is it the determination by the people concerned or by the international society? In the context of the Serbia-Kosovo conflict, the debate of self-determination recently arose concerning a possible ethnic demarcation…. Continue Reading →

EST Ambassadors on the role of youth in decision-making

In or out? Open access to decision-making for all young Europeans In the context of the EST’s participation in the European Youth Event, we asked our ambassador to reflect on the theme of the workshop we held at the European… Continue Reading →

EST Ambassadors on the role of youth in decision-making

In or out? Open access to decision-making for all young Europeans In the context of the EST’s participation in the European Youth Event, we asked our ambassador to reflect on the theme of the workshop we held at the European… Continue Reading →

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