Preventing a “gouvernement des juges” in Europe

By Arnaud Borremans Good governance starts with institutional design. Arnaud Borremans thinks judicial activism in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights could feed an anti-EU narrative and undermine the perceived legitimacy of European1 governance. He offers some proposals to correct the course. European judges are sometimes accused of excessive judicial activism. They would interpret the law beyond the simple control of legality, thereby practicing some kind of indirect lawmaking through jurisprudence without democratic legitimacy. To counter this risk, a system of check on European judicial bodies could be implemented, but EU governance in general …

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A Regional Federal Model to Improve Intelligence Cooperation Between Member States

By Ingo Mayr-Knoch

The recent string of terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Germany have shown that the EU is seen more and more as a target system by adversaries. An attack on one member states significantly impacts the political situation in all the other member states because of the strong economic, social and media interconnection. Small states like Austria and Belgium with limited intelligence and defense capabilities will be seen as a weak spots to target the whole EU system by adversaries. A stronger integration of intelligence and defense systems is therefore needed to detect future security threats against the whole EU system.

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A New Narrative for the EU #2

“What could serve as a new narrative to foster cohesion in the EU and what strategy should be used to implement this narrative?” This week, Jean-Christopher Mittelstaedt, co-founder of, gives his recommendations to foster and reinforce the European values based on freedom, democracy, and justice.

Continue Reading becomes is losing its milk teeth and rebranding itself as We believe that this new name more accurately reflects our strategic orientation as a hybrid youth organisation, originally and fundamentally a think tank focused on foreign and security policy and strategy, but also a movement that promotes participation, European values and change.

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A New Narrative for the EU #1

What could serve as a new narrative to foster cohesion in the EU and what strategy should be used to implement this narrative? Ingo Mayr-Knoch, CEO of, proposes his own policy recommendations: connecting people while enhancing and anchoring European values into their daily lives, in other words, emphasizing local integration, by building a network of transnational EU movements through a pan-European funding platform.

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Eurosceptics must be shown more respect

How to promote a pro-EU narrative that reaches not only those who believe in the European project but also those who need convincing? The main anti-EU narratives can be challenged on their own ground – but too often they are simply dismissed as irreceivable without being effectively criticised. The only way to promote the European project is to engage with Eurosceptics as worthy interlocutors and to address their concerns and criticisms, so as to bridge the paradigmatic gap and reach solutions together.

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Coup d’Etat en Turquie: un progrès dans la résolution de la crise syrienne?

Par Christian Dargnat

En renouant, même sans succès, avec une tradition séculaire de coups d’Etat – les derniers en date ayant été perpétrés en 1960, 1971 et 1980 – l’armée turque (ou quelques-unes de ses composantes) vient de complexifier encore davantage la lecture des interactions géopolitiques eurasiatiques. Alors que le régime turc vient récemment d’esquisser une inflexion de tendance destinée à apaiser ses relations internationales, quelles peuvent être les conséquences géopolitiques de ce coup d’Etat manqué ?

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Sacha Bepoldin: “If we want to confront Russia, we need to take their information strategy very seriously.”

How should the European Union respond to Russia’s hybrid warfare? Which countries would be more likely to be targeted? Is there a European strategy to counter disinformation and instrumentalization of truths and contextual realities by the Russian media – and the government? What prospects does the EU have in regards to its general relations with Russia and its “near neighborhood”? Sacha Bepoldin, Business Development Officer at the PMCG and former Sciences Po graduate, gives us his take on the issue.

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Otan-Russie: Deux versions de l’Histoire

Par Laurent Borzillo et Maximilian Losch

Conséquences des décisions prises lors du sommet de l’OTAN de 2014 — décisions à nouveau confirmées lors du sommet de Varsovie des 8 et 9 juillet 2016 — quatre bataillons multinationaux seront désormais déployés par rotation dans les pays baltes et en Pologne. Défendue par nombre d’experts, cette action à l’encontre de Moscou soulève cependant plusieurs controverses, beaucoup lui reprochant de violer les accords/promesses effectué(e)s vis-à-vis de Moscou à la suite de la fin de la Guerre froide quant au non déploiement de troupes de l’OTAN en Europe de l’Est. Qu’en est-il de ces fameux accords? Bien que souvent mentionnés, sont-ils pour autant réels? Comme le lecteur pourra le constater ci-après, cette question est loin d’engendrer automatiquement un consensus entre experts français et allemands.

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