There is no dodging the demographic crisis – VoxEurop (English)

In parts of Europe, emigration poses a much bigger challenge than immigration. A few decades from now, writes Slavenka Drakulić, Croatia will be a country of old people with nobody left to take care of them. And instead of real solutions, politicians offer nothing but empty promises and patriotic slogans. Back in December, many were…

In search for purpose – VoxEurop (English)

On January French President announced a new Coalition for the Sahel, to tackle with the security and development challenges in the region. But public debate in some countries about why so many organisations and countries are engaging in the region and what they hope to achieve has been lacking. On January 13th in Pau, French…

European conservatives mourn their intellectual hero – VoxEurop (English)

As conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic mourn the passing of Roger Scruton, political scientist Cas Mudde argues that the British philosopher’s relevance to “national conservatism” has long since expired. On 12 January, “the patron saint of common sense” died. If you’re not conversant with conservative media, you might have missed the passing of…

Tomorrow’s world – VoxEurop (English)

In many respects, in Europe and across the world, 2020 has gotten off to a bad start — just as 2019 proved a bad ending to a decade which will be noted for its environmental catastrophes. The ice is melting at accelerated speed, flood and drought are hitting harder than ever, December’s COP25 in Madrid…

Escape from the Balkans – VoxEurop (English)

A growing phenomenon with worrying implications: the flight of workers, skilled or otherwise, from former Yugoslavia. A look at the data and political responses. Lately there has been a growing number of alarmist articles published in the local press regarding the depopulation of former Yugoslavia. These articles often deploy long-term statistics comparing the current migratory…

Out of the hat – VoxEurop (English)

Following the 9 December summit in Paris with President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose countries have been at war since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, have agreed to exchange all respective prisoners by the end of the year, to disengage their soldiers…

Europe will likely miss 2030 climate goals – VoxEurop (English)

While the Commission is unveiling its Green Deal on 11 December, the European Environmental Agency’s latest report says that Europe as a while will not achieve its 2030 climate and energy targets if no urgent action is taken in the 10 coming years. The European Environmental Agency (EEA) new report published on 4 December predicts…

The carbon footprint of European ships – VoxEurop (English)

The first of its kind, a new study quantifies the volume of European shipping companies’ greenhouse gas emissions. Despite being among the most polluting companies, European fleets are under no obligation to reduce their emissions. In 2018, European maritime transport for both goods and passengers poured around 139 million tons of CO2, the most widespread…

Raging bull – VoxEurop (English)

The 25th Conference of the States Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP25) was inaugurated on 2 December in Madrid by UN Secretary General António Guterres. It was scheduled to be held this year in Chile, but Santiago had to give up at the last minute, due to the social protest that has been raging…