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Angelos Giannakopoulos: Energy Cooperation and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean: a Seismic Shift towards Peace or Conflict?, Tel Aviv 2016

The Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East are nowadays increasingly in the focus of both the European and international interest. Recent developments in the energy field due to the discovery of significant hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean increase the importance of this sub-region towards power balance in the Middle East. Against this background the book seeks to analyze under which conditions energy reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean could boost cooperation and peace or, on the contrary, further complicate existing conflicts. A special analytical interest regards the significance of these developments to European energy security and subsequently how this affects the relationship of the countries of this region to European Union. 

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Angelos Giannakopoulos: Solidarity in the European Union: Challenges and Perspectives, Tel Aviv 2017

Against the background of the EU’s multifaceted crisis, i.e. financial and refugee crises, the growing security threat, Brexit, the deterioration of state of law in some member states, the growing gap between citizens and political elites, the political radicalization of an increasing number of citizens, etc. this book purports to reassess the social, legal, economic and moral dimensions of solidarity in the EU. The discussion on the challenges solidarity as the leading principle of EU integration currently faces focuses on fundamental questions vis-à-vis EU integration such as: are the EU’s integration and crisis management capacities already exhausted, has European integration reached its limits or will the EU be finally in the position to fully put into practice and further enhance solidarity, and hence, integration?

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Angelos Giannakopoulos: Media, Freedom of Speech and Democracy in Europe and Beyond, Tel Aviv 2019

This volume provides insight into the situation regarding freedom of expression and the media across Europe today. Renowned European scholars and practitioners in the field analyze specific problems and threats that the media, in general, and journalists, in particular, face in Europe, as well as in selected countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Malta, and Austria). In addition, the book provides an overview of how technology-driven changes affect the ways news is being made, found, delivered, and funded, and examines the implications for media pluralism. It also takes a ground-breaking look at the growing role of the media in managing security crises. The book as a whole is inspired by the fundamental view still vital to democracies that the role of the press is “to serve the governed, not the governors.”  

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Die Beihilfereform in der Ukraine nach europäischem Vorbild – ausschlaggebend für den Strukturwandel? (Nicolas Heger in Länderanalysen Osteuropa - Ukraine, Nr. 209, Dezember 2018)

Mit der Unterzeichnung des EU-Ukraine Assoziierungsabkommens (AA) 2014 hat sich die Ukraine verpflichtet, in den nächsten Jahren staatliche Beihilfen an Unternehmen nach EU-Vorbild zu kontrollieren und gegebenenfalls zu untersagen. Dabei ist die Tiefe der Angleichung an EU-Recht und die Übernahme von Leitlinien und Rechtsprechung durch einen Drittstaat beispiellos und ambitioniert. Die ukrainische Wirtschaft besteht vor allem in traditionellen Schlüsselindustrien immer noch zu einem beträchtlichen Teil aus staatseigenen, -kontrollierten, oder -bezuschussten Unternehmen, deren Unterstützung den Haushalt jährlich milliardenschwer belastet. Bei effektiver Durchsetzung kann die Reform eine entscheidende Hebelwirkung auf den wirtschaftlichen Strukturwandel ausüben – jedoch ist auch mit erheblichem Widerstand von Interessengruppen zu rechnen. Ein funktionierendes Beihilfesystem als marktwirtschaftliches Instrument würde wesentlich zu den Kernzielen der EU-Assoziierung wie der Korruptionsbekämpfung und transparentem Regieren beitragen und neue Investitionsanreize setzen.

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