Visa-liberalisation for Kosovo: the EU barely hears the voice of the citizens from the state-border cage in the Western Balkans

Despite its strategic position, Kosovo seems to live in a state border cage. The solution to this geographical isolation can be solved through visa liberalisation by the EU institution. Although it has been discussed for a long time, EU institutions do not seem to be fully responsive to the problem, especially considering the obstructive position of some even influential member states. The present article aims at unpacking the current situation of the visa liberalisation process, shedding light on the actual steps taken by the country to meet the criteria established by the EU and the negotiations and developments within the EU institution on the issue. Lifting those restrictions of movement could not only make life easier for the citizens but also bring Kosovo closer to the European Union.

Red Card for Homophobia and Homosexually-Themed Language in Football

It hasn’t been an uncommon practice in the sports’ history to use homosexually themed language between athletes and sports fans, either as a joke or as an outright insult. What could be the consequences of this, not only for sporting but for society in general? Gian Paulo Palinawan gives a critical perspective on this increasingly contested language and proposes its definite expulsion from sports.

Top 10 tips to become a disinformation-pro

Disinformation. We all know that it exists, and we all encounter it online on an (almost) daily basis. The Covid crisis, the war in Ukraine, elitist lizards ruling over the lower classes… sometimes you don’t know what to believe anymore. Luckily, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of disinformation. But being aware is one thing, becoming resistant is another. Here are 10 tips on how to avoid, spot, and recognise disinformation, so you can avoid the traps of disinformation and improve your online experience.

From Hiroshima to Ukraine: A nuclear threat VS paper cranes

As part of the semester in Japan, we visited Hiroshima. Although a lively city of 1,2 million inhabitants, Hiroshima is also a city that saw its heart torn out in World War II. Aside from the countless deaths and the destruction of the city, the bombing of Hiroshima had long-lasting consequences for its survivors – and that is exactly why we need to talk about Hiroshima now.

EU Basics: The European Institutions

Is the functioning of the European Union far too complicated for you? Don´t worry, in this article Laura de Boer explains the difference between the Commission, Parliament and the Councils in an easy and funny way. As a bonus, you will get information about the available traineeship opportunities at the Institutions.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Refugees at the European Borders

In her article, Atiena Abed Nia puts the focus on the refugee’s situation at the European borders and the EU’s corresponding policies and actions. With Morocco as an example, it deals with the European migration policy and takes a closer look into the ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’. Finally, Atiena gives her own assessment of the EU’s necessary actions for the future.

Who will chicken out first? Europe facing Russia´s demands for gas payments in roubles

By Barbora Volková This article is written by the newest addition of the editorial team: Barbora Volková (Czech, cohort 2021/2023). She studied in Udine during her first semester and is currently doing her second semester in Groningen. It has been more than a month since Russian troops without justification attacked Ukrainian territory on the 24th … Continue reading Who will chicken out first? Europe facing Russia´s demands for gas payments in roubles