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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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Prime Minister Theresa May have already made it clear, many months ago, that United Kingdom is going for a hard Brexit. Among many other issues that this event is going to boost or create, one of the most challenging is the future management of the unique land border between the European Union and the Great Britain, that is situated on the Irish island. What is going to happen in Northern Ireland? How will Belfast react to and manage Brexit?  In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Giovanbattista Varricchio takes stock of the situation, focusing on post-Brexit possible scenarios



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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Serbia is going to be one of the key-country for the future of the European Union and one of the most important actors in the Balkans region as well as a balance player between West and East. On the 2nd of April, presidential elections were held into the Republic of Serbia, and the results have clearly showed a winner and have indicated a pathway through which the Serbians are going to set their own future. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, our new intern Giovanbattista Varricchio, International Relation – European Studies student at LUISS Guido Carli University, analyses the challenges and the perspectives of Serbia in the aftermath of the presidential elections, focusing on leadership, alliances and geopolitical strategies



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by Eleonora Lamio (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

"Quo vadis Europa at 27?" was the question that the President of the EU Commission Jean Claude Junker raised in his speech at the Plenaria in Brussels last March 10th, presenting his document titled “White Paper on the Future of Europe”. All the European leaders have been asked to decide how the EU should react to its internal and external crises. Especially after Brexit, the EU is at an historical turning point: time has come to decide which path the EU should follow. As President Junker said,  “It is time to open a new chapter of our history”. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, our new intern Eleonora Lamio, Bachelor degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences at LUISS Guido Carli University, analyses the challenges that the European Union is facing, pointing out the political, economic, social and cultural implications



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Epos converses with Dr. Masoumeh Velayati

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Masoumeh Velayati is a Lecturer in Gender and Development at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland. She has a multi-disciplinary educational background in Islam, religion, and social science with particular focus on development, gender, and Islamic feminism. She has also experience of working in international development, as a result of which she designed, contributed and Co-ordinated MSc Programme in Development, Islam, and the Muslim World at Al-Maktoum College. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS she discusses the deal on the nuclear issue reached by Iran and the West, highlighting the strenghts and the weakness of the agreement and analysing the political, economic and social impacts of it on the Islamic Republic, across the MENA region and the whole World

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Epos converses with Eleni-Vasiliki Bampaliouta

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

The economic crisis in Greece is polarizing the opinions of the European citizens, firstly, and of all the intellectuals and the authorized personnel, secondly, about the system of the bailout and the attitude of the European Union towards Greece and the Greek population. The catastrophic results of the austerity policy have gone beyond any expectation. In spite of the propaganda that the Greek problem is a problem and a failure of the Greeks, everybody understands that behind the scenes is going the drama of the problems, the contradictions and the perspectives of Europe as a community, and a union. EPOS has interviewed the Athens-based Greek journalist Eleni-Vasiliki Bampaliouta, expert in politics and economy: in this exclusive conversation, she gives our readers her point of view from the ground on the economic crisis, the Greek government and the approach of the so-called TROIKA towards her and her compatriots

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by Dr. Christos N. Tsironis

EPOS Insights

The Greek case is typical of dramatic changes in the conceptualization of economic dangers and societal consequences. Almost 6 years after the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis, the "saving" plans still suffer from faulty assumptions and half-hearted decisions with an undeclared albeit clear intention to create a firewall that only prevents the immediate crisis contagion without necessarily offering a sustainable solution. The greatest challenge of the Greek government right now is to ensure the basic social rights of the general population and to protect at the same time the democratic tradition of the country away from the dangers of polarization, populism, anti-democratic and anti-European extremist voices. But what the other European governments should do? The exclusive analysis and the point of view of Dr. Christos Tsironis, Ass. Prof. Contemporary Social Theory, Sector of Ethics and Sociology, Dep. of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



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by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

Gazprom-European Commission relations have been in a state of ferment in recent months because of the investigation into Gazprom that began on 4 September 2012, with charges against it of abusing a dominant market position. This took place after the introduction of the so-called "Third Energy Package" by the European Commission. The package calls for an 'unbundling' between gas distributors and gas producers to allow access to energy transportation to other companies, the so-called 'third parties', and avoid problems regarding monopolies or abuse of dominant market positions and price-fixing collusions. In this exclusive article for EPOS Gregorio Baggiani investigates and focuses on the issue, depicting the scenario and analysing all the positions in the field



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EU enlargement: Moscow-Belgrade relations

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:13

by Franz Gustincich (EPOS)

EPOS Notepad

Michael Davenport, Head of EU delegation in Serbia, talks about the delicate issue of the relations between Moscow and Belgrade in the perspective of Serbia's EU membership

From EPOS correspondent in Belgrade Franz Gustincich

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