Lebanon – A country with an expiry date?

by Nora Schorscher and Viktoria Holler Between the atrocities of the Syrian Civil War and the military-focused regime of Israel, Lebanon is a country of contrasts – a state with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Once described as the Paris of the Middle East, it has endured grueling civil war, long-term Syrian occupation…

Rethinking National Sovereignty in a Changing World

by Hana Đogović Traditionally, the concept of sovereignty has been defined as the power of individual nation states to delineate their authority within their territorial boundaries. In 1648, the Treaty of W estphalia first established the present-day understanding of state sovereignty, which rests basically on two principles: Territoriality and the exclusion of external actors from…

Menaces sur la démocratie

Petra Staduan Des politiciens démocratiquement élus, qui travaillent au démantèlement de la démocratie, des partis traditionnels en crise, les doutes qui accablent la social-démocratie, ce ne sont là que quelques-uns des exemples qui caractérisent notre époque comme post-démocratique. Le livre Post-Democracy de Colin Crouch donne des pistes de réflexion et peut être chaudement recommandé à…

From Fixed Feed-in-Tariffs to a Power Exchange Market: Advancing or Deterring Investment in Renewables?

by Maria Wirth The popular Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) system in place in several countries in the European Union enabled renewable energies to cover 48% of the EU power mix in 2015. Intended as a temporary measure, the tariffs are subject to continuous degression. Amid cases of disproportional cuts, investors are threatening to turn away from renewable…