Pandemics and the future of rights mobilisation

COVID-19 has forced derogations from and limitations to rights at every level. However, there are some populations for which the pandemic has generated rights victories previously considered out of reach. EUI Professor of Public International Law Neha Jain puts the spotlight on one such vulnerable population––prisoners––to explore how COVID-19 has helped change the discourse on the rights of detainees to ignite prospects for prison reform.

Banking on greater European integration – six years on

On 4 November 2014, the European Central Bank assumed responsibility for the supervision of euro area banks. Christy Ann Petit takes a look at how banking supervision, a pillar of banking union, is leading to greater European integration, six years on.

Disinformation: As the dust unsettles

Disinformation campaigns, now a powerful tool in political meddling, are only reluctantly countered in public policy. STG Policy Leader Fellow Asha Jomis illustrates how new governance strategies can provide a solution.

Fire, fire, everywhere

Climate change and human error are driving increases in catastrophic wildfires around the world. Nevertheless, SPS researcher Risto Keivabu finds optimism in the potential for smart policies to diminish the threat.

Shipwrecking democracy and the rule of law

Leading up to the 2020 elections in the United States, Professor of Law Martin Scheinin illustrates how weaknesses in the United States constitutional framework, especially with regard to the judiciary, threaten democracy and the rule of law.

The Challenges of the Afghan Peace Talks

Although the Intra-Afghan peace talks are a significant step towards a resolution of a forty-year-long war, challenges remain as violence continues and both sides not only have drastically opposing views but also face internal divisions.

A funding strategy for EU own resources reform

The European Council is favourable to introducing new own resources to finance the EU budget, but finding a feasible and palatable approach is not easy. In this article, economists Clemens Fuest and Jean Pisani-Ferry recommend putting the revenue from ETS allowances at the centre of the reform of the EU own resources system.

 

The COVID-19 welfare wake-up call

The coronavirus pandemic hit when the world was still reeling from the Great Recession, delivering a serious blow to economies everywhere. Will European welfare states be able to absorb this new shock? Anton Hemerijck and Robin Huguenot-Noel urge welfare states to consider long-term objectives for greater resilience to short-term crises.

Will Russia intervene in Belarus?

Russian intervention is possible, but at this point very unlikely. Much depends on the next steps of the protesters, the Belarusian regime, and major Western states.