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INNOVATION IN THE EU: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FRENCH PERFORMANCE

Paris, a rendez-vous with innovation? Last November, Paris was awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation prize. The results of the competition were announced during the Lisbon Web Summit, which took place in Portugal from 6th-9th November. The 2017 European Capital of Innovation award was launched in March 2017 for cities in EU Member States […]


by Amalia Verzola • 17 February 2018
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Does Europe Need a Year for Cultural Heritage?

Shortly after coming to office in 1981, President François Mitterrand of France established a professional committee to prepare for the upcoming bicentennial of the French Revolution of 1789. The main aim of this committee? To decide what type of year 1989 should be. Many would agree that the Revolution of 1789 was a defining moment, […]


by Ted Oakes • 25 January 2018
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Two Faced Spain: I’ve graduated, now what? The reality of the precarious job market in Spain.

Spain’s rhetoric on the European Economic Crises has been unmovable. Only after Greece, it had one of the highest unemployment rates in the EU, soaring to 26.3% in 2013. Almost 5 years later, we have managed to push it down to 17.8%, where 10,5 million work contracts were signed in the first six months of […]


by Carolina Tranjan • 17 January 2018
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Art e società europea: un rapporto in continua evoluzione (IT & EN)

Intervista con Marta Papini, Assistant curator al Padiglione Italia della 57esima Mostra Internazionale d’Arte a La Biennale di Venezia, a cura del Bologna Office. For EN translation see below. 1) La situazione geopolitica in Europa sta mostrando più divisione che coesione. Credi che l’arte in Europa possa avere un ruolo di collettore tra i diversi disagi e […]


by bolognaoffice • 17 December 2017
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Permanent Structured Cooperation (PeSCo): a first step towards a European Hard Power

By Giovanni Dalle Nogare, Contributor to Making Europe Again. On 13 November 2017, 23 Member States[1] signed the joint notification on Permanent Structured Cooperation (PeSCo) – established by the Lisbon Treaty in 2007 – and handed it over to the High Representative and the Council, beginning an institutionalized cooperation in the field of defence and […]


by Making Europe Again • 23 November 2017
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The Politicisation of Culture?

Europe and Culture This summer, the European Parliament officially opened the House of European History. The motives behind this project have been to capture the common experience of Europeans during the 20th century. And, indeed, as the European Parliament has noted, until now, there has been no museum which has managed to bring together these […]


by Ted Oakes • 19 November 2017
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Intervista alla Prof.ssa Cicognani sul progetto Catch-EyoU

Professoressa, innanzitutto in cosa consiste il progetto “Catch-EyoU”? “Catch-EyoU” è un progetto finanziato dalla Commissione Europea nell’ambito del programma Horizon 2020[1], che ha per tema la partecipazione sociale e civica dei giovani È iniziato nel settembre 2015 e ha una durata triennale. La ricerca coinvolge nove partner, ovvero sette università europee oltre all’Università di Bologna […]


by bolognaoffice • 17 November 2017
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When did we go wrong? The Catalonia issue

With the collaboration of Carolina Tranjan, contributor for MEA   Shame. Disgrace. Embarrassment. These have been some of the adjectives that have dominated news headlines all around the world referring to the events that took place in Catalonia on October 1st, when the regional government staged a binding referendum to achieve independence from Spain. Many […]


by Nacho Cuevas Martínez • 4 October 2017
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Poland and the EU, what’s next?

Poland and judicial reform, democracy at risk? On the 29 July the European Commission launched legal action against Poland. Infringement proceedings are put into action as soon as a Member State appears to have failed to fulfill a Treaty obligation. In this specific case, the risk is directly linked to the idiosyncrasies of the judicial […]


by Amalia Verzola • 5 September 2017
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The EU and the Protection of Cultural Property

  The recent destruction of the Mosul mosque by Daesh has once again focused the attention of the international community on the protection of cultural heritage. The destruction of sites such as these is usually followed by a wave of revulsion, but it is a symptom of a greater malaise: the illicit trafficking of cultural […]


by Ted Oakes • 21 July 2017