27. March 2017
Eyes on Europe

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The EU in Egypt: supporting a dictatorship or ensuring stability?

The EU in Egypt: supporting a dictatorship or ensuring stability?

 

The European Union had a longstanding and well-functioning relationship with Egypt’s Mubarak army regime, in power for twenty years before being deposed in 2011. The EU supported the government-controlled capitalist market economy of Cairo and the United Kingdom is still the biggest investor in the country. Nowadays, Egyptian and diverse European security services still collaborate in the fight against terrorism.

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« Frontera invisible », le côté obscur des biocarburants [CaféBabel]

« Frontera invisible », le côté obscur des biocarburants [CaféBabel]

 

Le mardi 7 février fut projeté en avant-première au Parlement européen Frontera Invisible, le documentaire de l’ONG Transport & Environment qui dévoile le côté obscur des biocarburants. Cafébabel s’est entretenu avec Nico Muzi, l’un des réalisateurs, qui a vu de ses propres yeux les conséquences de l'exploitation de l'huile de palme en Colombie.

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Meet My Hood : Saint-Gilles, à Bruxelles [CaféBabel]

Meet My Hood : Saint-Gilles, à Bruxelles [CaféBabel]

 

Saint-Gilles, autrefois village de maraîchers, vient tout juste de fêter ses huit siècles d’existence. Au fil du temps, la commune n’a jamais cessé de se transformer, de s’adapter, de se rénover, et rassemble aujourd’hui plus de 50 000 habitants et de 140 nationalités différentes qui constituent l’identité Saint-gilloise.

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Is Europe responsible for the refugee crisis?

Is Europe responsible for the refugee crisis?

 

The European Union is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis. Only in 2015, 168 000 irregular migrants reached its shore, and over 1 million are still on their way. Beyond all normative judgements, this crisis can be understood as a mismatch between EU migration and asylum policy and the international post-cold war context, resulting in a mass influx of undocumented migrants.

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The EU and illegal immigration: unsatisfactory achievements

The EU and illegal immigration: unsatisfactory achievements

 

The Odysseus annual conference workshops identified two main features of the EU immigration policy. First, the European institutions increase their role as a collector of personal data to ensure a “smart boundary” system. Second, amidst distrust and terrorism, the Union has chosen to subcontract its immigration policy away from the old continent.

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Pollution in Brussels: Hold your breath [CaféBabel]

Pollution in Brussels: Hold your breath [CaféBabel]

 

A Brussels’ court allowed the regional government to ignore the pollution levels at Arts-Loi until the end of the year, when an ongoing legal process will end. Pedestrians at Arts-Loi breathed this winter an air whose pollution duplicates the EU limits.

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The asylum and migration ‘crisis’ in perspective

The asylum and migration ‘crisis’ in perspective

 

On the 10th of February 2017, the Odysseus Network held its annual conference on asylum and migration law and policy. While the event is aimed at fostering discussion among experts in the field, it is also a way to develop new understandings of the issues at stake in order to generate long-term change.

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Pays-Bas : la division au coeur de l’Europe [CaféBabel]

Pays-Bas : la division au coeur de l’Europe [CaféBabel]

 

Mercredi 15 mars, les citoyens néerlandais sont appelés à aller voter pour élire leurs députés. Tant la campagne que son issue vont avoir d’importantes conséquences au niveau national mais aussi européen, notamment par les divisions et la recomposition politique qu’elle va susciter. Analyse.

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The Common Agricultural Policy lagging behind the 21st century

The Common Agricultural Policy lagging behind the 21st century

 

As we get closer to the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome, it should be recalled that the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was one of the first policies implemented at the communitarian level, adopted far before the EU came into existence. Yet, it seems now lagging behind the challenges of the 21st century.

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Stand up for Europe: entre démocratie citoyenne et projet pan-européen

Stand up for Europe: entre démocratie citoyenne et projet pan-européen

 

En ces temps de remise en cause de l’Union Européenne, nous avons décidé de vous présenter un exemple de mobilisation de la société en faveur de l’Union. Voici notre interview de Pietro De Matteis, vice-président de Stand up For Europe, un mouvement citoyen pan-européen qui veut faire en sorte que les Européens se rencontrent et s'approprient le projet européen en promouvant l’échange au niveau local.

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