Social Sciences

NATO in the Asia-Pacific: Shaping a Strategically Inevitable Presence

Fiona De Cuyper, Manouk Driessens | As China’s power grows, the Asia-Pacific area keeps gaining importance as the main stage for the unfolding geopolitical power plays. This paper looks at how the NATO alliance could (and should) shape its engagement with the Asia-Pacific. In the buildup to answering this question, NATO’s current role is assessed, as well as some security and defense agreements.

How is the EU financially facing the corona-crisis?

Maria Delgado i Garcia | With the outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, in March 2020, the European Union (EU) immediately took some actions to reallocate resources to face this multi-crisis. In the first weeks, the EU launched two packages of measures –the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative and the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus – to mobilize unspent resources from EU funds, reallocate part of the 2020 budget and be more flexible with the allocation of resources.

Do you consider yourself European?

Cèlia Estruch | In recent years, a debate around the legitimacy of the European Union (EU) has gained relevance. Therefore, EU leaders have intensified the promotion of a European identity, as it is thought to be a necessary condition to guarantee the future viability of the common project. In this regard, several empirical studies have purported that young people are key actors in the prolongation of the EU integration process in the coming decades. Therefore, the objective of this article is to inspect the attachment and EU attitudes of the young European cohort, as well as to conduct a cohort comparison to discover whether there is a correlation between age and support towards the EU. The analysis, based on the data provided by the 91 Eurobarometer of 2019, empirically demonstrates the impact of different contextual and individual factors on the European identity of youngsters. Last of all, the statistical study reveals that young people’s attachment to the EU depends on the strength of their national identity, the participation in an Erasmus exchange, the benefit of European free mobility and their own country’s economic context.