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Europe’s heatwaves and the search for effective adaptation

Despite evidence of climate-change related heatwaves, too few cities are adapting, with lethal effects. Policy Leader Fellow Alejandro Sáez Reale describes some of Europe’s successes and failures and calls for greater commitment by government and business leaders to use the resources and know-how that are available.

Will the European Political Community redraw the map of Europe?

The 44-state European Political Community (EPC), first convened in late 2022 to express unity and defiance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, meets again on 1 June. In this post STG Executive Director Fabrizio Tassinari explains how this embryonic organisation might acquire real value.

Coloniality and the ‘aid bubble’: Can language be a driver for change?

In a look at recent initiatives to decolonialise the aid sector, humanitarian professional and STG Policy Leader Fellow Carla Vitantonio finds that big international agencies have something to learn from local organisations taking a collaborative, open approach towards language sensitivity.

Why better research on the Western Balkans is worth it

Professor Jelena Dzankic, of the EUI’s Global Governance Programme, spells out how better data and research infrastructure can improve policymaking and empower civil society, ultimately smoothing Western Balkans countries’ path to joining the EU – a prospect recently on the agenda again.

Will independent research help the EU tackle disinformation?

The EU policy response to disinformation expands researchers’ involvement beyond data analysis to fostering accountability and public scrutiny. Lisa Ginsborg and Paula Gori, of the European Digital Media Observatory, point out key considerations for collaboration, infrastructure and capacity building, and data protection if this effort is to succeed.

Growing together: policy considerations for the African Continental Free Trade Area

The African Continental Free Trade Area could transform regional growth, with key focus on three policy dimensions, argue research fellows Sonali Chowdhry, Martina F. Ferracane and Rohit Ticku (Robert Schuman Centre). These dimensions are non-tariff barriers, the digital economy and improved government procurement policies.

European transport’s Cinderella

The EU explicitly promotes bicycling for the sake of health, climate and jobs. But as Policy Leader Fellow Daiva Repečkaitė notes, poorly monitored funding schemes and incompetent route planning can do more harm than good.

Making sense of Germany’s Ukraine policy

Why did Germany approve provision of German-made tanks for Ukraine’s defence only after months of pressure and downright bashing of Chancellor Scholz and his party, both at home and abroad? This torment, explains PhD researcher Marius Ghincea, stems from a contest over elementary foreign-policy principles, combined with the rhetorical coercion that is customary practice in democracies.

Scholars, paupers, artists, fighters: Black lives in Europe since 1500

This post introduces an exhibition at the EUI in February 2023 for Black History Month. History researcher and exhibition curator Daphné Budasz argues that learning about the diversity of Black life trajectories in Europe is a way to challenge White historical imagination.