Editor’s Foreword

2024 is a global election year: the citizens of many of the world’s largest democracies will be called to cast their ballot and freely choose their leaders. The European Parliament elections took place in June, giving way to a new institutional cycle at Union level. The great changes and shocks that the world had to face over the past few years will certainly contribute to shaping the policy choices and priorities of the next European mandate; many social, geopolitical, and economic challenges lie ahead. 

This year’s edition of the European Policy Review aims to explore the existing and emerging threats that Europe will be likely to face in the short and long term, giving a platform to young researchers to present their analyses and engage with the public to offer new angles and solutions.

We would like to thank all the writers, editors and peer reviewers that worked incessantly over the last months to make this year’s edition possible. We are delighted to see such eager participation among students and young professionals, who have believed in the EST and have given their personal contribution to the Review. We hope you will find their output informative and thought-provoking.

Tommaso Filippini, Sara Lolli & Carla Posch
Editors in Chief, European Student Think Tank

Table of Contents:

  • Securing Europe: safeguarding of the Baltics as a starting point for a more cohesive defence approach by Anna Zaccaro
  • Expelling the Russian influence on the European energy market: the answers across the Caspian Sea by Thomas Coffey
  • Exploring irregular migrants’ agency in EU border spaces by Lisa Mötzig
  • Revisiting the Populist Zeitgeist: European Mainstream Parties’ Response to Populist Threats through incorporation of Populist Positions by Nicolas Krieger
  • The Legal Perils of AI-Enabled Search Engines: How the integration of generative systems affect Search Engine obligation under EU Law by Milan Wiertz
  • What could CBAM mean for EU-WB6 relations? by Marco Lagae Novković
  • sailing through dangerous waves: the EU’s expanding toolbox at sea by Piero Barlucchi
  • Evolving EU-China Trade Dynamics Amidst US Protectionism by Jonathan Püttmann & Erik J. Ruszkowski
  • Europe’s future on the brink: Addressing the rising threat of anti-feminism and the political right amid the 2024 EU elections by Maren Wilmes
  • Unveiling the Significance of Cyberterrorism: Evaluating EU Perceptions and Responses Amidst Russia’s War against Ukraine by Yelyzaveta Shevchenko
  • Balancing Act: Germany’s Multifaceted Approach to Cybersecurity in the EU Space Domain by Karolin Rippich
  • Driving Towards a Greener Future: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities in Cooperative Autonomous Vehicles by Orla Harris
  • Migration at the heart of demographic engineering: The case of the French overseas territory of Mayotte as a “microcosm” of the European migration crisis by Riza Franchesca Regala
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: a shift towards supranationalism in defence policy? A Foreign Policy Analysis of the European Union’s institutional challenges by Victoire Tissinié
  • An Analysis by the EST’s MENA Observatory: Unpacking a ‘De-Neighboured’ EU Governance in the Mediterranean by Luca Saviolo & Blanca González Martínez
  • Strengthening EU Influence in the Sahel: Leveraging integrity Pacts for Greater Impact by Timo Schröttke

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