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EU Coalition Explorer , Rethink : Europe

Results of the EU28 Survey on coalition building in the European Union
EU Coalition Explorer , Rethink : Europe
Volume, number, page: 
748 p.
Europe's capacity to act collectively has become an increasingly critical issue as both the importance of intergovernmental decision making and the level of political fragmentation have grown over the past years. Against this backdrop a debate has started in member state capitals and the EU as to how the Union can evolve and move forward. The survey and this presentation of its results aim to inform the debate on how a more capable and cohesive European Union can be built.
The EU Coalition Explorer presents the results of the EU28 survey conducted by ECFR in the 28 member states of the European Union. It illustrates the expert opinions of several hundred respondents who work on European policy in governments and think tanks. The explorer creates a visual understanding of the views held by Europe’s professional political class – information that otherwise is not available to policy makers or the public.
In four chapters on preferences, influence, partners and policies, the EU Coalition Explorer shows the potential for future coalition building between the EU member states. The document can be used as an interactive tool to locate the EU’s political center – or centers – from which a more capable and cohesive European Union can be built.

Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon

from Madrid to Santiago.
The purpose of this publication, the third in the series “Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon”, is to identify the content to be included in this new space for bi-regional dialogue on gender issues with regard to violence against women and the importance of the participation of defenders of women’s rights in this area.
Taken from articles written by prominent defenders of women’s rights, academicians and representatives of civil society, this third publication focuses mainly on legal aspects and legislation. It aims to make headway in the debate on the need for effective legal frameworks, as well as in other related
issues such as statistical records and action protocols, not forgetting the need for comprehensive government polices to eradicate violence against women. These are numerous challenges that require a firm commitment from the states, from the EU and CELAC, just as civil society demands.
he novelty of this third publication is that in addition to articles on Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, it also includes articles on European countries like Italy and Spain, highlighting the magnitude and global nature of this
phenomenon. Organisations from both continents have therefore joined forces to request an effective, efficient response to this serious violation of human rights: violence against women and its most extreme manifestation, feminicide or femicide.

South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis.

South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
This book looks at the migration of Southern European EU citizens (from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece) who move to Northern European Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom) in response to the global economic crisis.
Its objective is twofold. First, it identifies the scale and nature of this new Southern European emigration and examines these migrants’ socio-economic integration in Northern European destination countries. This is achieved through an analysis of the most recent data on flows and profiles of this new labour force using sending-country and receiving-country databases. Second, it looks at the politics and policies of immigration, both from the perspective of the sending- and receiving-countries. Analysing the policies and debates about these new flows in the home and host countries’ this book shows how contentious the issue of intra-EU mobility has recently become in the context of the crisis when the right for EU citizens to move within the EU had previously not been questioned for decades.
Overall, the strength of this edited volume is that it compiles in a systematic way quantitative and qualitative analysis of these renewed Southern European migration flows and draws the lessons from this changing climate on EU migration.

Explaining the renewed push for an European Union Association Agreement with Mercosur

Difusión Jurídica
Volume, number, page: 
6, pp. 136-158
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El primer intento de lograr un acuerdo entre la Unión Europea y Mercosur
acabó sin éxito en Octubre 2004. En 2010 la UE lo intentó otra vez. Sin embargo este
segundo intento conllevaba problemas y retos nuevos, entre aquellos: la actual crisis
global, el ingreso de diez nuevos Estados miembros, las restricciones que Argentina
puso a las exportaciones de la UE, la falta de desarrollo del proprio Mercosur en una
area político y económicamente integrada. En este artículo se sostiene que el acuerdo
de asociación puede más bien explicarse como resultado del particular interés que
llevan España y Portugal, y el utilizo entre los demás instrumentos, del “momentum”
creado por la presidencia Española de la UE.

Migration and Democracy: Issues for Latin America and Europe at a time of Global Recession

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The current global economic crisis is making it more difficult to use migration as a
mechanism for the diversification of employment and earning among countries because
the main destinations for Latin American migrants, such as the United States and Spain,
are suffering recession, losing jobs and reducing employment opportunities for foreigners.
The dual trends in the past two decades of globalization and democratization must now
be accompanied by better treatment of migration issues, including open borders for
migrants, the provision of a regularized legal status and the enforcement of labour
rights for migrants, as well as modern treatment of the circulation of knowledge, and
of student and medical migration. Latin America and Europe have a mutual historical
relationship of the international movement of people that needs to be preserved at times
of economic hardship. The current system of international factor mobility facilitates the
movement of capital from north to south but restricts the movement of labour from
south to north. History teaches that economic nationalism in labour markets, such
as in the 1920s and 1930s, entails xenophobia and global welfare costs by preventing
the international movement of human resources from countries with low productivity
levels to those with higher levels of productivity, and is also inimical to a fair, global and
prosperous economic order that sees beyond business cycles towards long-term stability
and progress.


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