Prostitution in the EU, or how the lack of legal harmonization goes against the EU’s values

A resolution was adopted by the European Parliament (EP) in February 2014 that defined prostitution and forced prostitution as a matter of gender equality and recommended that all Member States took action to fight it, especially with the endorsement of the “Nordic model” implemented in Sweden, Iceland, Norway and, since 2016, in France. However, across the European Union (EU), there are still several types of legislations in place and this heterogeneity makes it harder to combat sexual exploitation. Indeed, it is actually giving sex traffickers blurred borders to work with. A contradiction therefore arises between the values promoted by the EU and its legislative action to tackle the issues it is denouncing. By not implementing a legally compelling legislation, the EU seems to be going against its values.

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Putin Proclaims the End of the Liberal Idea

Shortly before taking off to Japan for the G20 summit in late June, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the time for an extensive interview with the Financial Times. He was asked about current international hot topics such as the Middle East, North Korea, trade relations, and Venezuela as well as Russian domestic challenges. Putin seized the opportunity to comment on the state of Western democracies and proclaimed the end of the liberal idea. While music to the ears of European populists, his words resonate as cynicism, maybe even a threat, with those who believe in freedom and democracy.

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Identity and Democracy Group: United on the Outside, Divided on the Inside?

The newly formed Identity and Democracy (ID) group will draw more attention in the European Parliament (EP). However, internal divisions rooted in different national contexts pose a serious challenge for the group’s coherence and effectiveness. Its member parties will have to live up to the expectations which they created in their home countries through populist rhetoric. The size of the group composed of 9 right-wing parties with 73 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) could be an obstacle to satisfying voters’ expectations while making use of its full potential.

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Censure et droits d’auteurs : les fausses bonnes idées de la Directive Copyright

Faut-il réguler l’Internet ? Comment ? Jusqu’à quel point ? Probablement sont-ce des questions auxquels vous avez déjà été confronté en naviguant sur internet ou au cours de conversations. L’Union européenne s’est attelée à former un « marché numérique », le débat prend donc d’autant plus de sens et d’importance. Lors de mes précédentes publications j’ai beaucoup évoqué le Règlement Général sur la Protection des Données (RGPD), son importance, son aspect protecteur ou encore ses limites. L’Union européenne œuvre pour établir un cadre juridique clair pour l’Internet, c’est indéniable, et c’est une mission honorable. Pourtant, si légiférer nous apparaît comme une nécessité, il s’agit de le faire correctement. La semaine dernière le Parlement européen a voté favorablement à l’entrée en vigueur d’une directive particulièrement liberticide sur Internet : la directive copyright Internet. Il s’agit de la Directive Copyright.

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