Ukraine has been actively pursuing a process of derussification for several years, which involves promoting the Ukrainian language and culture and distancing itself from its Soviet legacy. A crucial aspect of this process has been the elimination of communist symbols, including holidays observed during the Soviet era. Consequently, International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8, has become a topic of significant debate.
Often criticised as democratically deficient, to what extent does the EU truly suffer from such a democratic deficit, and how can it be overcome?
Most of us who believe in European federalism, have argued, even before the Ukraine War, for a European army, independent of national governments and thus petty national politics. The rhetoric of “Strategic Autonomy” in the face of the conflict has brought sharper focus on the defensive capabilities of the EU and the continent as a whole.
Over the past decade, tax evasion and tax avoidance have taken the public eye by storm as attention has been shed on repeated tax leaks such as the Panama Papers. Politicians and entrepreneurs are placed under ever-increasing scrutiny, providing ammunition to an often divisive us-versus-them dialectic in political debate. Yet, as financial regulations attempt to address these issues, tens of billions have passed through tax havens in the past decades and continue to do so.
As the war in Ukraine enters its second year with most European countries having taken sides in the conflict, Serbia has been ever so reluctant to align itself to either camp. Torn between both its desire for prosperity with the EU along with all its benefits and a more traditional friendship with Russia, the country is struggling to pass unscathed in the current climate since not taking sides is perceived as undesirable by either bloc.
The EU’s careful balance between respecting national sovereignty and becoming a decisive actor in global affairs.