While US companies might dominate the tech industry, the European Union is leading the way on digital rights. By regulating a key part of the global market, the EU has put data protection on the agenda around the world. In the United States, reeling from the realisation that the control of data affords Big Tech enormous economic and political power, politicians from both sides are now calling for reform.
By Sabine Muscat
The ballot sheets being printed ahead of the polling day for the European elections on 26th May shows that Britain’s next delegation of 71 MEPs is likely to be a wild jumble of representatives from different parties.
By James Bartholomeusz
The figures speak for themselves: 15 years after joining the European community, 91 percent of Poles support EU membership, with only five percent against. According to 78 percent of those surveyed, the consequences are overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, 56 percent feel they are Europeans, an increase of around 13 percent compared to 2014.
By Irene Hahn-Fuhr
Although the European Union is facing enormous political challenges, Germany has shown little initiative in European politics in recent years. Proposed reforms of other member states, such as France, have been mostly opposed on the grounds that «the German taxpayers» must not be even further burdened. This study investigates the factual and popular basis of this narrative.
The European Union perceives civil society as a key partner, and human rights as an overarching theme throughout its support interventions in Lebanon. However, critical voices have questioned in the past years how the EU’s main priority ‘stabilization’ is compatible with its normative aspirations such as civil society and human rights support. Therefore, this article investigates how this alleged contradiction affects the de facto support for human rights organizations by the European Union.