Antonius Voluptarius

The recent global ransomware attack ones more showed the world how dependent we are on digital infrastructure and how vulnerable this infrastructure is to the outside world. Anywhere in the world viruses, malware, etc. can be developed from a computer and start a chain reaction. Good reason to protect data from getting blocked, stolen or… » read more

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To say that EU-Turkey relations are under strain is a strong understatement. Perhaps the only reason (NATO concerns aside) why EU member states have not officially put a stop to the accession negotiations is enlightened self-interest in the refugee deal. Megaphone diplomacy and diplomatic tactics at or over the far end of the spectrum of… » read more

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The UK might be in a weak position to get itself a favorable deal out of the Brexit negotiations. From the European side things won’t likely become easier with the duration of the negotiations. Inter-institutional relations might come under increased pressure and intra-institutional coordination could come under increased demand for democratic intervention. One of the… » read more

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China recently opened the now highest bridge in the world, the Beipanjiang Bridge, 564m high. The bridge connects the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. It will serve to foster economic integration in the region. This is but one example that is coherent with China’s real or perceived external policy strategy to develop itself further as… » read more

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Brexit: The Referendum

In Britain the wide debate focuses around an in- and an out-campaign. But where does this brilliant idea to have a referendum based on a simple in or out come from anyway? If carefully conducted studies commissioned by the House of Lords show there is no significant room for the rebalancing of competences, why have… » read more

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On subsidiarity

Subsidiarity has been part and parcel of the current debate on the balance of competences between the EU and the member states. Historically the concept can allegedly be ascribed to the theologian Oswald von Nell-Breuning. It was first taken over by the Catholic Church in its Social Teaching as part of the encyclical Quadragesimo Anno.… » read more

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Not failing to understand that we do not entirely live in a world full of idealists, I believe that it wouldn’t be an unwarranted question for the British to ask themselves what the values are they share with Europe and how they can contribute to the realization of these through the European project. This insight… » read more

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