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The Visegrád group: Voice of the Central Europe?

The Visegrád group is a cultural and political union of 4 countries: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. All those countries are located in the Central European region and it is exactly this geographic character that gave them a... Continue Reading →

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Offering sanctuary to refugees: insights from the UK

  Have you ever felt powerless to help refugees and asylum seekers in your country? Ever wondered whether there was some way to help humanise the process of resettlement? Our ambassador to England, Rensa Gaunt, recently interviewed Heather Luna, founder... Continue Reading →

Interview with UNHCR South Sudan spokesperson Eujin Byun

By Carlota Núñez Strutt. There is little knowledge or a European collective conscience of the conflict torn country that 1,5 million refugees have fled from, in North Eastern Africa: South Sudan. A country that, alongside Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, is... Continue Reading →

A view on the UK response to crisis

If there is anything that sums up the UK response to the refugee crisis, it is the building of what has been dubbed the “Great Wall of Calais”. This structure is more than a physical barrier, it is also an... Continue Reading →

From ‘Centuries-Old Rivalry’ To Friendship: The Role of The Élysée Treaty in The Franco-German Cooperation

On January 22th 1963, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle sealed the symbolic beginning of the Franco-German friendship as they signed the Élysée Treaty in Paris. That brief document of just under six pages, seen as... Continue Reading →

Poland’s ‘Return to Europe’: Economic Growth and Social Impact

  Twelve years ago, the transformation of Poland from a post-communism to a free market-oriented capitalist economy led to its accession to the European Union. The day on which this happened, May 1st 2004, remains a symbol of genuine change.... Continue Reading →

Geopolitics Behind Aylan Kurdi’s Death

Will the US-Russia ceasefire deal make a difference? By Olga Papadopoulou, holder of a MSc. in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Olga recently finished her Ph.D. thesis in "labour market inequalities" in the department of Geography from University of... Continue Reading →

EST working-group AMSTERDAM on the Refugee Crisis!

Join the EST in Amsterdam for a working group on the Refugee crisis: you will have the opportunity to debate routes to solutions with EST Ambassador Hester Mennes, and our guest lecturers: Previous mayor of Amsterdam and professor Job Cohen and Oxford... Continue Reading →

Interview with Member of European Parliament Sophie in ‘t Veld

Sophie in 't Veld is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Veld studied History at the State University of Leiden and has post-doctoral training in management and public administration. In... Continue Reading →

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