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MOVING FORWARD

Here we collect and analyze the proposals for the development of the EU in all fields.

Written and edited by European Generation, a Bocconi Students Association.

November 14, 2019

As most of you will be easily able to deduct from this article, I am very interested in monetary policy, but I often feel like outside the ‘economics world’ only a few people actually have knowledge about the functioning of the European Central Bank (ECB). This article aims at filling these gaps in a very concise way, outlining only the most relevant aspects of this complex machine. 

1. What is the ECB?

The history of this insti...

November 10, 2019

​A couple of months back, the story of a young baby girl called Pia resonated in the European press. The family of this nine-month-old toddler launched a social media campaign and text messaging to raise €1.9 million, the price of the medication to counteract Pia’s disease. She had been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an orphan genetic disease weakening her muscles progressively. The treatment is for the moment...

November 3, 2019

In 1994, referendums on EU membership were held in two quite similar Nordic countries: Sweden and Norway. For Sweden, the join campaign won with 52% whereas in Norway the join campaign lost as it only got 48%. 25 years later, Norway is still not a member, but is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), while Sweden has been a part of the EU since 1995. With such small margins, one would perhaps assume that the Norwegian popul...

October 30, 2019

​​In response to the current migration crisis, in a situation where the Dublin System has legalized an asymmetric allocation of responsibility, the EU and its member states have recently opted for a strategy based on the ‘full externalization of border controls’. It can be defined as a range of policies whereby countries of destination induce countries of transit so that the latter exert extraterritorial control in the former’...

October 25, 2019

​Rising temperatures, the loss of biodiversity, the plastic soup, and the limited availability of resources are four problems all European countries are facing at the moment. The occurrence of these problems has been a motivation for the European Union to start looking for a solution. Circular economy is nowadays considered to be the most feasible one. Whereas the contemporary linear economy is based on the ‘fast turnover’ pr...

October 19, 2019

​​In early November 1956, under pressure from the US, the USSR and the UN, Britain and France agreed to withdraw from Egypt and reopen the Suez Canal, this would be the last time any European country west of Russia played a major role in world affairs. From then onwards, Western Europe would be relegated to a position of subservience to the US, although there were occasional bouts of independent foreign policy by Europeans, wi...

October 12, 2019

Last week I had the pleasure to attend an In-Company Training, which took place in the small country of Luxembourg and gave me, along with other 15 well-motivated students from Bocconi’s Bachelor and Master programs, the opportunity to visit three European institutions: European Investment Bank (EIB), European Investment Fund (EIF) and European Commission DG ECFIN.

What is an In-Company Training?

In only a few words, an In-Com...

September 15, 2019

On September 12 the European Central Bank announced the beginning of a new wave of Quantitative Easing (QE). The term that has been in the news for a while now, with quite a few misunderstandings attached and a general aura of misinformation surrounding it - but what is it, really?

In the following paragraphs we’ll go through the treaties that rule the ECB and how they impact its policies - namely, QE.

The term Quantitative Easi...

September 11, 2019

The EU is as busy as ever! The new President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen just announced the nominations for the new Commissioners, who will shape the course of Europe in the next five years (if approved, of course). Facing an unprecedentedly fragmented European Parliament at home and unpredictable allies as well as enemies abroad, there are many difficult tasks ahead. 

The challenges ahead

The new EU leadersh...

June 10, 2019

With the steep rise of digital technologies and accessible financial services, children have become more exposed to spending both online and offline. Later on in university, young adults are confronted with the reality that money is not only about paying for what we want but also about what we are obliged to pay. The question remains in our 21st century educational systems: why has there not been a more important drive to incl...

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