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After a prolonged political and legal skirmish, EU officials finally reached an informal compromise last week on the reform of the Union`s Gas Directive. Hailed as an important achievement, the compromise mostly aimed to rein in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and ensure that the EU keeps Gazprom in check when it comes to gas supply and competition rules. Who Calls the Shots These changes were hastily proposed in 2017 by the...
For many in the European People’s Party, the need to defend liberal democracy is part and parcel of our political identity. But for some, both inside and outside the EPP, liberal democracy has somehow come to contradict democracy as such. And for others yet, liberal democracy is nice to have but unsustainable in the 21st century. In this essay, we will argue why Christian Democracy can only be based on, and thrive in, the...
2019 is an important year for politicians all over Europe: MEPs running for re-election in the European Parliament, Spitzenkandidaten working to secure support for the top floor of Berlaymont, and eurosceptics finding common ground to disrupt the Union. Another top job is up for grabs in a country which aims to become a member of the EU in the near future – the presidency of Ukraine. With elections scheduled for March 31, 30...

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