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The Shengen Area. How have borders in Europe been lifted and why are they being reinstated?

Success of European integration would be unthinkable had the internal borders remained in place. The EU citizens can easily take a week-end trip to another country without even thinking that citizens of other states have to go through a lengthy and cumbersome procedure of applying for a Shengen visa prior to travelling. As a Shengen visa gives you an opportunity to visit 26 countries it is worth spending time to get one. Europeans have been enjoying the freedom of travel for a long time, however now there is a real danger of the borders being reinstated. Our Awareness Campaign article focuses on the issue of borders inside Europe

Instead of war. Why exchange of sanctions between states has become so popular nowadays?

Politicians from major countries have ignited trade and sanction wars on both sides of the Atlantic. The most qualified legal experts are looking into the intricacies of the increasing number of trade restrictions, trying to find loopholes or establish workarounds. We asked Vladimir Morozov, program coordinator, Russian Council on International Affairs why sanctions and trade restrictions have all of a sudden become so popular

Macron’s Hope. Why has the European Parliament been set in motion eight months before the next election?

As a rule, the election to the European Parliament is an event of interest to political scientists, experts, and quite a small group of the general public and businesspeople. However, the election campaign getting ready to take place in spring and the final vote already make new party coalitions form and their future rivalry concerning the way of development of the European Union in general promises to be fierce indeed. Taisia Shentseva, political scientist looked into the reasons for such interest and the connection with the personal ambitions of Emmanuel Macron and Viktor Orbán

Scandinavian populism. Has Sweden had a narrow escape from a disaster at its recent parliamentary elections?

Not only in Russia was September 9th a single voting day: Swedish voters also went to the polling stations on that day to exercise their right to vote in general national elections with over 20% supporting Swedish Democrats, populist anti-immigrant party. Since experts expected the ultra right to fare even better, the results of recent elections are perceived as a victory of progressive forces. However, loss of majority in Rigsdag by socialists brings new political risks related either to minority government or grand political coalition. In both scenarios the new cabinet is unlikely to resolve all problems, which fuel popularity of the ultra right forces in Sweden, namely unemployment and difficulty of integrating 1st generation migrants in society.

Some are more equal. What are the first results of the new European regulation on protection of personal details?

Why have the European Union adopted a new regulation on protection of users’ personal data, how can this regulation disrupt the hierarchy of modern internet, and what simple rules should users follow to make sure that their data is safe and secure? Andrey Soldatov, editor-in-chief of Agentura.ru portal and co-author of “The Battle for Runet” answers these and other questions in his interview

Refugees are «outsourced». Populists won the EU?

Mark Simon specially for "European Dialogue" has analysed results of the EU summit on migration. Leaders of the core European countries, first and foremost Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron seem to have given in to the populist pressure from Southern and Eastern Europe and accepted in final communique measures, which are rather a symbolic solution to the migration crisis and can hardly be implemented in reality. However, this temporary victory of the populists and their tactical union is less likely to go any further as the interests of the parties are too diverging and it is unlikely that they will be capable of pushing for solutions of other EU issues in the form they need

In search of a European refuge. How effective are the decisions of the Brussels EU Migration Summit

“European Dialogue” has talked to Olga Gulina, expert from Institute of migration policy (Berlin) about measures to deal with the migration crisis that were agreed at the recent EU migration summit. The expert believes that these measures are mostly of declarative sort and may run into substantial difficulties especially as far as setting up "regional disembarkation platforms" both in and outside Europe is concerned. Besides, magnitude of the migration problem in Europe is overestimated as a string of successful integration cases shows that migrants can become a new driver for the European economy and are even capable of reinvigorating rural areas in a number of European regions, in particular Italy and Spain. To Europe migrants are an asset rather than a burden.

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