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The Adoption of the “Spitzenkandidat” Process: The Solution to EU’s Democratic Deficit?

Candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission

While the European election campaign is already struggling to interest the EU electors, another “election” of crucial importance for the governance of Europe is regrettably overlooked by the medias and thus, by the EU citizens. Indeed, as Jean-Claude Juncker already announced he will not run for a second mandate, a new President of the Commission should be picked among the …

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What is Russia’s endgame?

After a series of airborne incursions last week, the latest news coming from Russia is the threat issued on March 20th, 2015, to Denmark. In quite an unsavoury piece published in a prominent Danish newspaper, the Jyllands-Posten, the Russian Ambassador to Denmark warned that the Scandinavian country would expose its warships to nuclear strikes if it accepted to host part …

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Robert Mugabe, new head of the African Union, the latest pun from Africa

On January 30th, 2015, Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe was elected as the new annual chairman of the African Union. The 90-year-old, seven times elected President of the former British colony seems an outrageous choice given that any other head of state from the Southern region of the African Union could have been elected in his stead, a region that …

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China’s LNG market : overview

The Chinese gas market knows a steadily increase since 2006. China was the third world gas consumer in 2013 with a natural gas consumption of approximately 160 billion cubic meters (about 6% of the global LNG trade). So as to reach its objective to develop a greener energy policy and to ensure its diversification of energy supplies, LNG is becoming …

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Why Nationality is a Contentious Principle of Public International Law. Part 1: The Nottebohm Case.

Nationality seems to be the most simple and uncontentious notion of Public International Law, and even one of the pillars of State sovereignty. Legally defined as the judicial link between a State – which is allowed by international custom to choose how and to whom it will grant nationality – and a person, nationality concedes rights and duties in both …

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The Weekly Recap – September 22nd to September 29th

French start strikes on ISIS, get one hostage killed. As part of a global coalition finally put together to stop the atrocities carried out by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, France followed the US in launching airstrikes against various strategic facilities previously captured by the group’s militants, oil refineries for example. However, as a response, another Islamic group located in …

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A New Architecture For The European Commission: Will “Project Teams” Improve Leadership In The EU?

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced earlier this month that he would give EU leadership a new architecture through the building of the so-called “Project teams” around his 6 Vice-Presidents. Meant to allow a more inclusive and dynamic interaction between European Commissioners, this new structure at the top level of the European Commission is the technical tool chosen by Mr. Juncker to …

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Why do the oil prices are so weak?

Since June 2014, in spite of the recent major geopolitical events, the oil prices are falling under the symbolic 100 US dollars per barrel. Four factors explain this unexpected drop. Firstly, two current geopolitical crisis (in Iraq and Libya) were supposed to impact the oil markets, but they didn’t. Indeed, in Iraq, the large part of the oil resources is …

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