Is Poland’s Law and Justice government losing momentum?

image by Beax  via Commons (licence CC 3.0) This article was written by a guest contributor, click here for more. by Professor Aleks Szczerbiak Although plunged immediately into a constitutional crisis that brought it into conflict with the European Commission, one year after its decisive parliamentary election victory Poland’s right-wing ruling party retains widespread support. It has come under fire recently over appointments to state-run companies and the … Continue reading Is Poland’s Law and Justice government losing momentum?

Is there an end in sight to Poland’s constitutional crisis?

See posts from other guest contributors for The Priori here. by Professor Aleks Szczerbiak Poland’s constitutional tribunal crisis escalated last month when the European Commission initiated the next stage of its rule of law procedure calling upon the country’s government to take action or face possible sanctions. But while the crisis is forcing the ruling party to expend political capital defending its position, it does … Continue reading Is there an end in sight to Poland’s constitutional crisis?

EU’s global strategy document: stuck, trying to find a role to play…

by Baris Celik On June 28, the EU published its new global strategy document. The most significant of such a development took place in 2003, when the EU published a strategy document (European Security Strategy) under the leadership of then-High Representative Javier Solana. Back then, the EU had the burden of responding to the events unfolded by September 11 attacks, which continues to represent a … Continue reading EU’s global strategy document: stuck, trying to find a role to play…

EU’s transformative power and the impact of bilateral disputes between EU and non-EU members on EU integration

image: “Balkans“ by Iliyan Gochev See posts from other guest contributors for The Priori here. by Ermal Ndini The very subject of this article is to draw attention to the stagnant process of the EU’s enlargement commitment towards aspiring countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE), or to follow already established conventions, the Western Balkans, while the so called “enlargement fatigue” bears the risk of endangering the … Continue reading EU’s transformative power and the impact of bilateral disputes between EU and non-EU members on EU integration

The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Germany. Part III – The Rise of Populism.

image: “Spazieren in Wien“ (Walking in Vienna) by Michael Gubi   by Max Schwind In the previous issue of The Priori, I have continued my series on the refugee crisis in Germany and Europe with a detailed report on the complex integration process of former refugees into German society based on my own experiences as a refugee relief volunteer. It was a true pleasure to describe the … Continue reading The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Germany. Part III – The Rise of Populism.

Tales from the ‘Schengenland’

image: “Schengen” by Attila Németh by Baris Celik The very idea and the reality of an entity such as the European Union made many people to conjure that ‘borders are becoming less significant between EU member states’ –Chris Rumford (2006). Rethinking European Spaces: Territory, Borders, Governance, Comparative European Politics 2006(4), p. 131. Indeed, the igniters of the European project – the likes of Jean Monnet and Robet Schuman … Continue reading Tales from the ‘Schengenland’

Who’s fault is the ‘democratic deficit’?

image:  “Buckingham Palace” by Edwin Lee, EU flag overlay added by The Priori by Kestell Duxbury So by the next issue, we will know if Britain will remain or will leave the European Union. How exciting! May’s edition focused mainly on the arguments surrounding the Brexit debate, so June will try and move past this. However, anyone in the UK who even thinks of turning on the … Continue reading Who’s fault is the ‘democratic deficit’?