written by Teodora Strugaru and Zsofi Szelpal

Published as part of European Horizons Spring 2021 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

European Data Journalism Network

The act of surveillance is not a new phenomenon: from the elaborate spy networks of the Roman Empire, to the paranoid intelligence services of communist regimes, humanity’s experience in observation is being fully employed in cyberspace. People are increasingly finding themselves in a panopticon — where one’s conscious of always being watched, without the watcher revealing themselves. In 1975, Foucault used the exceptional measures in a…


written by Remina Aleksieva and Alexandra Anoja, EuH UCL

Published as part of European Horizons Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

CBS News

Cyberattacks have been an increasing threat to citizens, companies and governments, as our lives are becoming more and more dependent on the use of technology amidst the pandemic. This presents not only a caveat to democratic processes, but also to individuals to trust that the information they both provide and obtain is legitimate. Vaccine hesitancy is on the rise around the globe — it…


written by European Horizons at KU

Photo: Dragan Tatic

The choice made by Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, to collaborate with Israel in the rolling-out of covid-19 vaccines not only shows the lack of commitment to the European project. It is moreover a symbol of Denmark’s hypocritical inconsistency, since the country’s attack on the EU’s lack of efficiency can also be traced back to Denmark’s own reservation.

The story of how the social democratic Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, surprisingly prioritized a physical visit to Israel in order to present and consider a collaboration covered Danish newsflow for weeks in early April (Statsministeriet, 2021)…


written by Ludovic Boissy

BBC

Published as part of European Horizons Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

In June 2020, within the European Parliament, a Special Committee about Foreign Interference in the Democratic Processes of the European Union was created with R. GLUCKSMANN as its President. This committee reflects a European will to fight against foreign interference in order to maintain a democratic and sovereign Europe. These are defined as “all activities carried out by or on behalf of a foreign actor in order to harm…


written by Thomas Lezeau

NBC News

Published as part of European Horizons’ Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

The Belarusian presidential elections that took place on the 9th of August 2020 saw the re-election for sixth term of Alexander Lukashenko, credited with over 80 percent of the votes by official results. His opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya although officially credited with only 10 percent of the votes claims to have won by with at least 60 percent of the votes. Suspicion of the president’s party mingling with the outcome…


written by Sophie Pownall, European Horizons Bath

Reuters

Published as part of European Horizons’ Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

The 2020 United States’ presidential elections triggered a surge in democratic participation unlike any other witnessed in modern times (Pilkington and Milman, 2020). The world waited anxiously as the votes were counted and then took a sigh of relief, as Donald Trump conceded and American citizens demonstrated that they were still interested in democracy. However, months before the results came in, Trump tactically started planting seeds…


written by Domonkos D. Kovacs, University of Cambridge

Published as part of European Horizons’ Spring 2021 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

TechCrunch/Bryce Durbin

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of Russian election meddling. Anyone following the recent trends in geopolitical discourse will have noticed that a new political cliché has emerged in the Western democratic world, from the United States to Catalonia: the Russians are here to destroy democracy. The idea of a Russian cyber-expansionist master plan has turned from allegation and hearsay into an unquestionable…


written by Julian Pfleging, European Horizons at Sciences Po Paris

(Lausanne, April 2, 2015)

Executive Summary

The conclusion of the JCPOA in 2015 was undoubtedly one of the most significant achievements of EU foreign policy. However, pride in past achievements should not blur one’s vision of the present. The EU should identify its stakes and interests in the conflict about the Iranian nuclear program and promote them more assertively. It is time for the EU to acknowledge the de facto failure of the JCPOA, work together with the new U.S. …


written by Lucie Landon, President of European Horizons Bath

European Commission

On 11th October 2019, the European Commission unveiled the European Green Deal, its plan to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050. All sectors were affected: Finance, economy, agriculture, transport, construction. But what does this green transition mean for the European Union? It is no secret that the Union has been dependent on Russia’s oil and gas industry for many years, despite attempts at diversifying its energy sources. Will the European Green Deal manage to eliminate the EU’s strategic dependence on Russia ? …


written by Camilla Alcini

Getty Images

ESM is the English acronym for the European Stability Mechanism, known in Italian as “il Meccanismo Europeo di Stabilità” (MES). The ESM has been a recurrent feature of Italian politics throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what exactly is it, and why is such an animated debate taking place around it now?

Established in September 2012 in response to the damages of the 2008 Great Recession, the ESM is an EU intergovernmental organization whose main premise is doing “whatever it takes to preserve the euro”. It provides financial assistance to countries in need by…

The Transatlantic Perspective

TTP, formerly known as the IDEAS blog, is the official blog of European Horizons, created to give students a voice on transatlantic policy. Views are not EuH’s.

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