More Cork than Body – Difficult Starting Position for Spanish Government Cuvée

 

After months of agonising debates and under the influence of the Catalonia crisis, which has been intensifying for months now, Pedro Sánchez was re-elected prime minister last Tuesday. However, the price for his victory is high in many ways. The coalition between Sánchez’s socialists and the left-wing populist party Unidos Podemos, which despite months of negotiations was still considered impossible in the summer, has now been sealed in record time. This agreement encompassed substantial – particularly fiscal – concessions. Continue reading

Killing of Soleimani: Not in the Name of Europe

What the killing of the Iranian General Soleimani means from a European perspective

The targeted killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is highly questionable under international law and strategically counterproductive. Negative consequences for the security of Europe and the cohesion within NATO are imminent.

From a European perspective, the American attack on the Iranian top military officer Qasem Soleimani and the accelerated escalation of the conflict between the USA and Iran that accompanied it, came completely unexpected. Continue reading

From Poland With Love – December 

 

Topic of the month

Balance of Powers Under Serious Threat (Again)

Sejm has passed a law allowing the government to fire judges opposed to judicial reforms, despite widespread opposition including protests in cities across the country. Under draft legislation, the government aims to prevent independent judges from ruling that their peers, nominated by a politicized body appointed by PiS, are not independent. Continue reading

Slovakia Before the Elections: A Chance for Change? 

 

The Liberals are looking to the next parliamentary elections in Slovakia with hope, but also with concern. A picture of the mood in the country.

The elections to the Slovak National Council, a unicameral parliament with 150 MPs, will take place on 29 February 2020. In addition to the established parties, numerous new political groups are competing for voters’ votes. The opposition has a clear goal: to replace the Social Democratic Party “Direction – Social Democracy” (Smer-SD), which is ruling in a tripartite coalition, after ten years of power. The Social Democrats lost the favor of voters especially in the past two years after numerous corruption scandals by their top politicians came to light. Despite the declared willingness to join forces, it seems that it is difficult for the opposition to find a common denominator. Continue reading

AI in Weapon Systems – Regulating the Robots 

How AI Changes the Future of Warfare

Copyright: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr. – This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 130521-N-YR391-001.

 

In the past, civil society has often benefited from innovations in the military sector. The microwave, the ambulance and the Global Positioning System (GPS) are just a few examples of the components of our everyday lives that have emerged from military research. This logic could be reversed in the future. The rapid advances in civil research in artificial intelligence will radically change the future of warfare. Continue reading