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Putnam 2.0

Is there a positive connection between civil society organisations and the functioning of public life? Of course, as the American scientist Robert Putnam demonstrated this impressively in his first “Italian study” 30 years ago. Researchers at the Vienna University of Economics and Business are now investigating empirically the nature of these relationships looking at Austrian […]

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Empower citizens

Forty-four Italian civil society organisation initiated and signed a Declaration on the Rule of Law, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Conference on the Future of Europe and an Empower Roadmap and decided to send it to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council, the Council of the Union, the Economic and Social […]

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Danube women and the role of macro-regions in Europe

A group of committed civil society activists and researchers from Danube countries were following the footsteps of women personalities along the river Danube. Listening to stories about successful and famous men and seeing the many streets named after them, it is striking how only a few streets are named after women and how many historical […]

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Civil society in Austria today

How is civil society doing in Austria these days? Have the conditions for civil society changed in the last years? This question was asked by the advocacy group of non-profit organizations IGO during their “update” of the CIVIL SOCIETY INDEX, which examined the framework conditions of civil society five years after the publication of a […]

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CSOs contributing to Balkan regional thematic co-operation and networking

Over the past several years there is a growing number of CSOs who have developed contacts across the Balkan countries and started to include CSOs, their networks and representatives in  regional co-operatioon and networking activities. However, there is a need of thorough analysis and a systematic approach to the involvement of civil society in strengthening […]

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The EU – Ukraine Association Agreement: Implications for the Slovak-Ukrainian Cross-Border Cooperation

Ten years of the Eastern Partnership: achievements and prospects Background information The main aim of the conference (held in 21 – 23 October 2019 in Prešov) was to discuss findings of the research project entitled “Impact of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on the Slovak-Ukrainian Cross-Border Cooperation” that has been implemented by the Institute of Political […]

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L’Europe « s’en tire bien »

Les élections européennes en France On craignait le pire et, en définitive, les résultats électoraux ne sont pas défavorables à l’Europe. Ainsi le taux de participation (50,1%) est  honorable et meilleur que dans les élections européennes précédentes. En outre, la grande majorité des candidats élus sont sur des listes ouvertement pro-européennes, même si chaque liste […]

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Union européenne: le pilotage

Après les élections des parlementaires européens, le mécanisme pour choisir les titulaires des postes de dirigeants politiques est extrêmement complexe. En effet, il faut tenir compte des rapports de force entre les groupes politiques au sein du nouveau Parlement, mais sans oublier les rapports de force au sein des Parlements nationaux des 28 Etats membres. […]

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Slovensko si štvrtýkrát volí europoslancov

Strany stavili na známe tváre a odborníkov O hlasy voličov sa uchádza rekordných 31 strán, čo je o dve viac ako pred piatimi rokmi. Do europarlamentu sa zrejme dostane najviac nových strán spomedzi ostatných členských štátov práve zo Slovenska, až štyri. Kým trio ĽSNS, koalícia PS a Spolu, a SME RODINA sú v Bruseli nováčikmi, […]

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Case study Serbia

Public perception of EU integration After 10 years of submitting the membership application and more than five years since the opening of the negotiations, most citizens still support EU membership, but at the same time very little is known about the accession process and less than half would vote in the referendum. The rating of […]