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A Progressive Response to Unilateral Protectionism: Good Trade

By Arancha Gonzalez / 28 October, 2018

Progressives have long had mixed feelings about globalisation. The reasons for this are understandable: progressives support the equality of opportunities and they fight excessive inequality. International trade and market openings do not necessarily lead to inequality, but they do, by definition, have uneven effects.   While trade makes countries richer...

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Trade Wars are not inevitable

By Geoffrey Harris / 28 October, 2018

Following the G7 fiasco in Canada, the US has followed up on its threats to put tariffs on many Chinese exports. The EU faces a complex challenge to come up with a coherent trade strategy in the face of policies and practices of the other two global economic powers. It...

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Belts, roads and regions: mapping imaginations

By C. Cindy Fan / 18 June, 2018

Spatial representations such as maps are instrumental to understanding and interpreting China’s policies. Official maps are available for some policies, while researchers and observers have also created their own spatial representations of policies. Either way, spatial visualisations help to translate policies into potential impacts on people and places and to...

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President Trump’s reckless decision requires a clear answer

By Knut Fleckenstein / 8 June, 2018

With his unnecessary decision to unilaterally leave the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump showed that he has no will to maintain a common policy with his allies.   On May 8 US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive...

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Iran’s Leadership After Trump Abandons The JCPOA

By Reza Marashi / 8 June, 2018

With Donald Trump abandoning the JCPOA, all eyes are now on Tehran. How will Trump’s unilateralism affect the balance of power in Iranian politics? As America seeks to re-impose sanctions, conventional wisdom presumes that Hassan Rouhani and his team are now marginalized. However, declarations of their demise are premature and...

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BRI : Making the Belt and Road Initiative a Two-Way Street

By Vassilis Ntousas / 8 June, 2018

For a city like Brussels, which is used to institutional and diplomatic wrangling, a report leaked to the German daily Handelsblatt some weeks ago that focuses on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), caught many in Brussels by surprise.   According to the newspaper, the European Union’s 27 ambassadors to...

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BRI : an assessment of EU-China relations

By Jo Leinen / 8 June, 2018

In an interview with the Progressive Post, MEP Jo Leinen gave his views on EU-China relations, including China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese investments in the EU such as buying the Port of Piraeus in Greece and future cooperation between the EU and China.   PP: How would you...

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BRI : Europe, China’s Silk Roads and India

By C. Raja Mohan / 8 June, 2018

One of the long term consequences of China’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the reorganisation of the physical, economic and political space in Asia and Europe as well as the Indian and Pacific oceans.   While the two continents and the two oceans were seen as separate geographies...

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Belt and Road Initiative and Europe’s fate: still united in diversity?

By Alisée Pornet / 8 June, 2018

Throughout 2017, several authors debated “Europe’s Destiny” (Ivan Krastev) as challenged by the refugee crisis and defied in “its conquest of ideals” (François Jullien) by the harsh reality of a political community that has been for too long led by economically driven issues. Alisée Pornet provides some insights with regard...

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What it will take to keep the deal alive

By Adnan Tabatabai / 7 June, 2018

The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the EU/E3+3 constitutes a strong rejection of multilateralism by the Trump administration and leaves the remaining parties of the agreement with the challenge to safeguard its survival. Europe has been ascribed a leading role in this quest, as it has...