Opinion Pieces


Direct democracy, where citizens have the power to vote directly on laws and policies rather than through elected representatives, presents both promising opportunities and significant challenges in modern governance. 


This podcast by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) sheds light on this crucial battleground, featuring insights from Marta Barandiy, the founder of Promote Ukraine, among others. Barandiy’s experience and initiatives offer a profound glimpse into the strength, resilience, and indomitable spirit of Ukrainian civil society and its pivotal role in the ongoing conflict.


Interview (7 Apr 2022 (updated: 3 Jul 2023) with Marta Barandiy, founder of civil society network Promote Ukraine and editor-in-chief of Brussels Ukraїna Review, and Maryna Yaroshevych, head of advocacy at Promote Ukraine.


The defense budgets of EU member countries for 2024 are influenced by a variety of factors, including geopolitical tensions, commitments to NATO, and the individual strategic priorities of each nation.


The 2024 European Parliament elections, slated for June 6-9, are poised to be a pivotal moment for the European Union, arguably more critical than any previous election. 


As Europe grapples with myriad challenges — ranging from economic strains to climate change — the war in Ukraine introduces a sinister, often overlooked dimension to the continent’s trials.

Germany’s Evolving Role in Supporting Ukraine: European Security on Munich Conference

Beyond the logistical and leadership challenges lies a deeper concern that has reshaped Germany's perspective: the genuine fear of a Russian attack on a NATO country.


A pivotal roundtable debate hosted by European Aluminium.

Marta Barandiy

Ukrainians have had national demonstrations, revolutions and now the war – all...


Ukrainian NGOs in the EU have been a huge support for Ukrainian...

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