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While it is common knowledge that corruption is a widespread problem in Hungary, the role of EU funds and the extent to which these funds are affected by corrupt practices often goes unnoticed. EU money from cohesion funds is frequently misappropriated, and the money as well as public contracts often given to government allies as well as friends and family of prime minister Orbán. One of the most prominent examples is Orbán's long-time friend and ally, Lőrinc Mészáros, whose wealth has tried over the years, thanks to the Fidesz government. The EU needs to find new solutions to exert control over the projects financed by EU money, and ensure that the money has not been misappropriated and further enriched corrupt government officials and cronies.
Amidst a raging pandemic, the Polish government published the decision by the Constitutional Tribunal in October 2020, which makes abortions in the instance of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus illegal. Unsurprisingly people are on the streets, protest, rebel or decide to organise bottom-up dispersed forms of activism. However, the existence of these movements in themselves is not enough to create a strong counter system for the ruling, right-wing party PiS and thus the question: where is the opposition?

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This analysis is a six-part series on the Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean has been the historic crossroads of four regions: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

The Historic Crossroads of Four Regions

The Socio-Economic Challenges

The Arab Uprising

The Syrian Civil War

The Israel-Palestine conflict 2000-2020

The “Problematic” Triangle

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Mario Draghi at the EP
In a short time, Prime Minister Draghi cleared the chain of command of Conte's previous government, consistent with the premises that accompanied the establishment of the new government, characterised by the central role of the Prime Minister and his collaborators and their two main objectives: reach herd immunity and reignite the Italian economy through the Next Generation EU investments.
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Since scientific knowledge doesn't become depleted when shared, and once published in the public domain it is available to be accessed by anyone, it can be characterized as public goods. CERN, as a large-scale multinational scientific establishment, presents an ideal example to study the public value of scientific output. The study summarized below, published by researchers at the University Santiago de Compostela as part of the Science Policy Reports book series, constructs the perception of the public towards scientific activities at CERN by analyzing big data collected via Twitter posts.
Obama / Medvedev
The extension of the New START has finally come to a happy ending, where the expectations of many have fallen short after failing to reach broad consensuses on START II and III. However, while it is often presented as a positive development that the world’s nuclear armament has been reduced considerably, it is often simultaneously ignored that the ones that remain are more sophisticated and potentially more destructive.

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All tough Conspiracy theories are not new, as they exist since as early as the Middle Ages, there is something special about the QAnon movement. It is a global phenomenon, attracting large numbers across the globe and there are many different factors contributing to its success. How can a far-right conspiracy theory about a global child sex-trafficking ring, run by a cabal of paedophiles who are worshipping Satan become that successful?

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IMF MD Asia Trip
In 2014, China’s GDP based on purchasing power parity has overtaken that of the United States. Though the US is still regarded as the world’s major economy, trends are shifting away from the narrative of a post-Cold War hegemony of liberal democracies. In light of such circumstances, this analysis assesses how Chinese development finance and investment in the Global South is shaping both, current geopolitics and the internal structure of Pakistan and Indonesia.
Przemysław Czarnek
According to OKO press, a polish investigative journalism website, 64% of young people would prefer to live and work outside of Poland. While there are diverse reasons for this, many respondents mention the current political, social and economic atmosphere as a reason. What are thus the economic and social challenges that young people must currently face and what vision of the future is the government laying in front of them?
Street in Bethlehem
The Eastern Mediterranean has been the historic crossroads of four regions: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Except for being the “home” of their multiple and diverse geographic affiliations and varied political identities, it also constitutes a territory of great strategic importance. The sixth and last part of this series discusses the "problematic" triangle: Turkey, Cyprus, Greece.