The New Commission: Managing and Optimising the EU’s Energy Security

Introducing The New Commission & Energy Security Amidst Brexit, the European Union (EU) appears to be caught in the middle of superpower politics of gas developing between the United States of America (US) and the Russian Federation. As Brexit progresses and these powers compete for access to the EU’s natural …

The South Sudanese Peace Agreement and the Issue of States

The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is entering a critical stage. After the prolongation of the pre-transition period by 100 days in November 2019, a transitional government which includes the oppositional SPLM-IO, should be formed by 22 February. After the …

Revisiting the Lisbon Treaty ten years after its ratification

December 1st this year 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 challenges the EU has been facing throughout the past decade. The financial crisis and the subsequent …

Protests in Lebanon – a genuine outcry to end political sectarianism?

Since 17 October 2019, Lebanon has both felt paralyzed and restless at the same time. Following the announcement of new taxes with relation to telecommunications services, people spontaneously took to the streets to protest. For the first time, the Lebanese people are not relating to any religious or sectarian divisions, …

Enhancing Digital and Media Literacy – an interim conclusion

Digital and Media Literacy (DML) is gaining more and more importance as one of the main competencies in our society. Organizations, political stakeholders and schools have recognized both the potential of digital and media literacy as well as the threats if DML is not implemented in curricula. However, while there …

The nuclear deal with Iran: from a historic deal for peace to (again) the brink of war

Introduction: what the 2015 JCPOA entails In July 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed upon between the EU, China, Russia, the US, France, Germany, the UK and Iran. After a decade of trying to reach a nuclear deal, it was deemed historic. The deal was meant …

Das Erbe der Pariser Vorortverträge 1919 und die Autokratie in Ungarn

Die autokratische Politik in Ungarn und ihr Verständnis von (illiberaler) Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit wurzelt in den Friedensverträgen von Paris. Der Zivilisationsbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges führte in der Staatsrechtslehre zur Ablehnung der monarchischen Herrschaftslegitimation und zur allgemeinen Anerkennung des nationalen und des demokratischen Selbstbestimmungsprinzips. In seiner demokratischen Formulierung beruht dieses Prinzip …