Global Citizen Education: an ambitious challenge for the EU!

Global Citizen Education: an ambitious challenge for the EU!   For many years, the Global Citizenship Education (GCE) has been recognized at European level as a powerful and fundamental educational tool to face the current global challenges and to favor the achievement of the 2030 Agenda development objectives. In the UNESCO words “Global Citizenship Education…

The EU’s Defence Momentum

The EU’s Defence Momentum Opening the Annual Conference of the European Defence Agency EDA on 23 November 2017, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini called the letter notifying the intention of 23 Member States to embark on a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence: “probably the most important moment for European defence in decades“. It is unquestionable…

All the faces of Visegrad through different phases

The Visegrad Group, which unites Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in a cultural and political alliance, has become more visible and controversial after recent events. The migration crisis involving Europe triggered the reaction of the Group, which took a very strong and restrictive position in the matter. Furthermore, domestic reforms in Poland and Hungary…

The Future of Europe – Comparing Public and Elite Attitudes

This 25 March marked 60 years from the Treaty of Rome and the establishment of the European Economic Community. The anniversary comes during one of the most challenging political environments that the EU had to face since its very establishment. Political, social and economic problems are eroding European consensus, and urge the heads of member…

Saved or just rescued? EU and its repeating history

Affirming that history repeats itself is probably too contentious and disputable. However, it’s hard to not recognize some recurring events or patterns, characterized by incredibly similar conditions that let us think to live an historical “deja-vu”. The 2017 French presidential elections are an example of these recurrences, albeit with some differences. Indeed, inside the political…

Europe needs a new Europeanism

After seventy years from the Treaty of Rome, European project is still based on its original cornerstones: peace, security, prosperity and identity. Unfortunately, the current European situation, worsened by its crisis (economical, humanitarian, social, ideological), seems to jeopardize the Europeanism concept, and consequently the achievement of the EU’s objectives. To return on the straight and…