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Democracy, Governance and Fundamental Rights

The Conference on the Future of Europe: Institutional Hurdles to Institutional Change

In July 2019, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the Conference on the Future of Europe in the upcoming European Commission agenda. The year-long Conference will enable citizens and institutions of the European Union (EU) to deliberate the future of the EU. Besides the election of the European Parliament (EP), European citizens can engage in EU politics, for instance, through opinion surveys or the European citizens’ initiative. […]

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The Istanbul Convention and the Rejection of European Values

Looking back over the past year, it has become abundantly clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and amplified inequalities that have been present for quite some time. In order to protect those vulnerable to the virus, governments launched campaigns urging people to stay at home in order to decrease the risk of infecting others. […]

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Disinformation: One of the Greatest Threats to European Democracies

The automation of the production and circulation of disinformation has never before been so easy and cheap. We now have automated social bots that can rapidly disseminate a post containing disinformation on average more than fifty times a day. However, their role is not limited solely to that; they are also used to rapidly generate ad revenue by directing traffic. We have only recently started to awaken to the consequences of this technology for our societies and democracies. […]

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The COVID-19 Crisis: How will the EU Adapt?

As of May 6, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over 3.7 million confirmed cases and 259,000 deaths worldwide. Europe has become one of the epicenters of the outbreak, with several European Union (EU) Member States being hit particularly hard. A cross-border threat to public health and safety with significant socioeconomic consequences, the pandemic poses a substantial challenge to the EU. […]

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The Conference on the Future of Europe

The new initiative aims at bringing together EU institutions, Member States and civil society. The details are still unknown but a Franco-German “non-paper” sheds some light on how the Conference on the Future of Europe could look like. […]

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