Naked Life

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By Lapo Lappin I write these lines while balancing on the edge of the European Union, a rapidly expiring Italian passport waterlogged on my desk. Time, seemingly, ticks on. The world, frozen inside a virological enchantment, seemingly does not.  And for the first time in my life, I feel a…

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Golden Passports

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Eroding the Fundamentals of the European Union  By Oona Tuominen In August 2020 the Arabic media network Al Jazeera published leaked documents, revealing the alarming truth about the Cypriot programme for non-EU individuals obtaining citizenship by investing in the country. According to the scheme, acquiring a passport requires a minimum…

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Rightless and Invisible

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The Legal Anomaly of Statelessness By Joel Herrault Did you know that with a Swedish passport you can visit 186 countries without a visa? Now compare that to if you would have had an Afghan passport (perhaps some of you do), which will allow visa-free travel to only 26 countries.…

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Educating and Polarization

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Should We Educate for Citizenship? By Signe Josefsson “We have physicists, geometers, chemists, astronomers, poets, musicians, painters; we no longer have citizens.”  – Rousseau In the essay ”Discourse on the Sciences and Arts”, Rousseau contends that arts and sciences are, not only useless and redundant areas of study, but also…

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Citizen Dane

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Was the Citizenship Opt-Out in the 1992 Edinburgh Agreement the “Rosebud” for Danes? By Nikita Pliusnin “Rosebud, dead or alive. It could probably turn out to be a very simple thing”. With these words, young journalist Thompson was sent by his editor to solve the mystery of the last words…

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A Quick Look at the EU Citizenship

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By Nikolas Spanoudakis  Being a citizen and holding citizenship is something relatively new in human history. The two concepts were first introduced during the ancient Athenian democracy. Fast forward to our modern times, another citizenship that was “invented” was the EU citizenship, which will be the focus of this article.…

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