European Union (EU)

Volume 31 - Issue 1

GETTING FROM ISOLATION TO INTEGRATION: KEY CHALLENGES FACING ALBANIA ON ITS PATH TO EU MEMBERSHIP

By Ilva Caushi, MJIL Staff Member Albania’s progression to EU membership has not been hindered by the same issues which plague many of its Balkan counterparts, namely ethnic divisions or unresolved statehood issues.[1] Instead, as previously discussed, the country’s delayed journey can largely be attributed to inadequate advancements in establishing a functioning democracy and the…

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Tempers and Temperatures Rising: Proposed EU Tax on U.S. Products

By Kevin Kitchen, Managing Editor After an unexpected election, environmentalists are concerned. The European Union, specifically France, has raised specific concerns as President-elect Trump campaigned on the idea of abandoning the Paris Agreement. Early November, Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, proposed a EU-wide tax on all U.S. imports if President-elect Trump pulls the country out…

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Brexit Hits Snag with British High Court

By Russell Payne, MJIL Staff Member On November 3rd, a panel of judges from the Queen Bench Division of the High Court of Justice handed down a ruling that the Crown (and its representative ministers) is not entitled to trigger the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.[1] The principal question addressed was whether the…

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A Look into the Benefits of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Plan

Nicolette Figueroa, MJIL Staff The European Union has fallen in the ranks of the global digital economic hierarchy. Specifically, Europe’s digital environment requires more investment to compete effectively with North America and Asia.[1] Current research indicates that the United States’ digital presence encompasses most of Europe’s e-Commerce sector, where many crucial online-trading platform services in…

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Ultra Vires: The Eurozone Crisis and the European Central Bank’s Lost Independence

Chris Land, MJIL Lead Articles Editor One of the greatest challenges facing the European Union today is democratic legitimacy.[i] As a compliment to nations’ republican apparatus, technocratic central banks like the European Central Bank (“ECB”) theoretically perform a crucial service. These banks support national economies as lenders of last resort[ii] — ensuring price stability[iii] and…

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