civil society


Islamophobia in Spain on the rise: What is the role of right-wing extremists?

Inés Bolaños Somoano, from the EUI, and Sergio Gracia, from the research initiative CINVED, explore the recent increase in Islamophobia in Spain, and argue that this escalation is partly linked to the extreme right’s political efforts to legitimise anti-Muslim discourses and violence in mainstream Spanish society.

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.

Mobilising for euthanasia in Italy: Courts and the political agenda

Taking the example of civil-society mobilisation to legalise euthanasia, law researcher Mario Pagano shows how powerful courts can be in bringing sensitive issues to the political agenda, and how effective litigation can be when the time is ripe for political institutions to act.

The young generation needs an idea of Europe

In this post, law researcher Marc Steiert argues that the EU needs to go beyond study exchanges and the Erasmus programme, if young people are to shape their future as a European one.

Human Rights Due Diligence: Making it mandatory – and effective

Nearly 10 years ago, the UN first articulated a business responsibility to respect human rights in their supply chains. In this article, School of Transnational Governance Policy Leader Fellow Martin Curley argues that going forwards, civil society, especially trade unions, should play a much greater role in defining how this responsibility is fulfilled, especially at the international level.