Italy in the era of COVID-19 pandemic: Let’s put Europe’s Sick Man back on its Feet

September marks the first year in office of the second Conte government. The frail Italian coalition executive, born out of necessity at the end of a very turbulent summer, although still including the Five Stars Movement (M5S) as its largest party, took a totally different political direction from the previous “green-yellow” governing experiment. In fact, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, despite being once again at the head of a populist-led coalition, has succeeded in giving his executive a more moderate mark, marginalising the most radical elements inside the M5S and shifting the centre of gravity of the government more to the centre-left.

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The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Transatlantic Security and NATO

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly become a global public health crisis, with powerful security ramifications. NATO countries have been disproportionately impacted by the outbreak; five out of ten countries with the highest number of fatalities (as of late June 2020) were NATO allies. As of August 2020, the global death toll overpassed 800,000, with an estimated 23.8 million infections. The increased stress on public health systems has pushed many of them to maximum capacity.

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A Race for The Capital – Lessons On the Japanese Gubernatorial Elections

On 5 July, Japan held its due gubernatorial elections, and while the globally raging COVID-19 pandemic still has not subsided in the island country, attention was spared to the fight for the capital city. The incumbent governor, Koike Yuriko (68), had a number of challengers, but there were three of them who could be regarded as having any chance. Analysing the political background, the campaign promises, and the history of these candidates can provide a colourful account of contemporary Japanese politics on a local level. And while Governor Koike was successful in preserving her seat, her rivals will remain part of political discourse—more so than ever considering the fast approaching end of the Abe-leadership.

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The 2021–2027 Multiannual Financial Framework: Where are we now?

In May 2018 the European Commission presented its draft proposal for the next 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which provided the framework on which negotiations between all EU actors (Commission, Parliament and Council) have been based. Major adjustments were expected since the United Kingdom—which contributed to the EU’s budget by roughly EUR 12 billion per year—ceased to be part of the EU and will stop contributing its share of the EU’s outstanding commitments and liabilities from 1 January 2021.

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The Relations between China and the EU amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 epidemic turned into a major global challenge it became not only a test for the European Union itself, but also for its relations with China. The subsequent economic crisis could easily become the worst economic downturn for EU member states since the end of World War II, while China could also be affected in a way unseen for decades.

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Discussion on Europe’s Future in the post-COVID-19 era

National Perspectives

The European Union struggles to fight the recent period of different types of crises (polycrisis), as described by several books, papers and arguments in the scientific literature. The primary reasons of the European economic crisis are the global financial crisis of 2008, the Greek sovereign debt crisis, the prolonged reform process of the bank union and the lack of fiscal policy integration.

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The impact of foreign policy pressure on the Chinese leadership regarding the handling of the COVID-19 epidemic

The COVID-19 epidemic and the concurrent crisis has hit at the time when various debates concerning China, tensions between the United States and the East Asian power as well as the need to formulate a coherent strategy towards the country across Europe have been emerging.

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Fluctuating Political Capital During and After the Pandemic in Japan

The year 2020 turned out to be nothing like anyone could have ever imagined. The outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic at the end of 2019 followed by its fast evolution into a global pandemic the next year took most of the countries by surprise. Levels of preparedness in both medical equipment and in government policies vary by countries.

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The Grand Too Ole Party

It has become somewhat of an axiom in US political discourse that the Republican Party has a young people problem. With young generations seemingly much more liberal and left-leaning than their predecessors, American conservativism and the party that has acted as its standard-bearer are faced with a historical challenge and dilemma.

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