Let’s Tune In To The EU’s periphery: Lampedusa Becomes Ground Zero In Migrant Crisis

Italy is once again being overwhelmed with migrants trying to reach Europe. The EU promises help yet time will tell if this will be the case.

(Analysis) Croatia, The Long Journey To Eurozone And Schengen Area

It has taken 9.5 years to become part of the Eurozone and Schengen Area. This is due to the strict entry requirements that govern these agreements.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Leveraging Expats To Support Portuguese Economy

Portugal has seen a rise in Expats moving to the nation. Leaders must decide how to leverage these new arrivals to help make the Portuguese economy competitive and improve living standards for Portuguese citizens.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Hungary Advocates for Georgian EU Candidate Status

Last year Ukraine and Moldova were recognized as official candidates of the EU. Georgia on the other hand only had its European perspective recognized but Hungary isn’t having it anymore. Hungary calls this decision political rather than based on merit and demands Georgia be given candidate status this fall.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Cyprus Becomes European Union’s Promised Land

As Israel’s democracy becomes unstable along with rising housing and living costs, Israelis have been moving elsewhere. Only 40 minutes away by airplane, Cyprus has become a popular destination. This allows Israelis to visit family while also allowing Israelis to get a permanent residency permit in Cyprus through investing. Cypriots have become increasingly unhappy as home prices have started to soar. Time will tell how relations develop between Cypriots and Israelis.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Greece Cancels Visas For Pakistanis Causing Outrage

Hundreds of visas have been cancelled for Pakistani workers hoping to work in Greece. This has left Pakistanis out of thousands of euros they spent in order to obtain the visas. This has led to an extreme reaction online which may continue to strain relations between the two nations.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Czech Government Reduces Assistance for Ukrainians

Ukrainians who fled the war went to a large number of EU member states including Czechia. While many have found jobs others continue to struggle due to the language barrier and the national government continues to cut financial assistance for Ukrainians who temporarily relocated to Czechia.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Italy’s 10 Second Challenge

While people are not always keen on internet challenges, the ten second challenge in Italy is raising awareness about an important issue. Sexual harassment is not always handled properly. Italy has now had yet another court case where even thought a defendant admitted guilt, he was not prosecuted due to the judge excusing the crime for a flimsy reason.

(Analysis) Bosnia and Herzegovina: How Far is Candidate Status from EU Membership?

With the achievement of candidate status in December 2022, Bosnia and Herzegovina hit a major milestone in its relationship with the EU. However, conflictual ethnic politics and an overly complex institutional system burden the country’s ability to further advance on the path of EU integration. What is the state of affairs of the Bosnian accession process? What other efforts are needed for the country to be functionally able to join the EU?