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“CIRCMIGR – Improving circular migration between Belarus and Poland, Slovakia and Czechia”
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COVID-19 in the USA: protests, riots, and prisons
The current coronavirus situation in the US is an enigma to say the least. Some states, like New York and Washington, are seeing a decrease in new cases while others, like Arizona and California, are seeing an increase. At this point, all 50 states had attempted to reopen to some extent and, the number of new cases per day was going down for a while. While the pandemic is continuing, it is no longer at the centre of attention in much of the country. The spotlight has been taken by the ongoing protests and riots across the country in response to police brutality and racism. These gatherings started occurring on May 26th and are still ongoing in many parts of the US today. The US is starting to see an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases as a result of the mass gatherings and poorly timed reopenings. Additionally, another problem has arisen that not many may be aware of: outbreaks in prisons.
European Integration after Covid-19
This paper will aim to predict some of the most drastic effects of the pandemic on European integration and propose specific measures which could help the European Union come out of this crisis more united and better prepared to tackle the challenges of the post-Covid world. It will be divided in four parts, focusing respectively on the economic, political, defence, and labour market consequences of the pandemic. In each part, two or three key issues will be identified and analysed, and, where appropriate, concrete measures will be recommended to make the European Union more capable of dealing with the problems caused by the pandemic and better prepared for similar future circumstances.
The Visegrad Group: Lessons from the Benelux, Nordic and Baltic Formats for Regional Cooperation
While the European Union has gradually expanded to become arguably the most significant format of regional cooperation, especially in terms of economic, cultural and political power, under closer examination it becomes clear that the Union itself is home to a number of smaller scale formats for cooperation. These have served a variety of purposes, from pursuing deeper integration for economic and social benefits, through cultivating a common regional identity, to giving a louder voice to smaller countries on the international arena and, increasingly, within a growing European Union. Often such partnerships have been created with one of those goals in mind and have later developed to include others, establishing additional institutions and reforming existing ones along the way.
This paper will have two goals: firstly, it will attempt to provide a condensed overview and assessment of the historic foundations, past and present institutional setups, achievements and failures, and priorities of the Benelux, Nordic and Baltic formats for regional cooperation. These have been selected based on their perceived success and the relevance they hold as examples for the Visegrad Group. The second goal of the paper will be to examine the Group in greater detail and attempt to generate lessons from the other three formats which could be successfully applied to it, in order to convert its significant potential into tangible benefits for its members and the Group as a whole.