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The final straw

By Mary Honeyball / 9 March, 2017

“Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU membership should be retained. The final settlement should therefore be subject to approval, through Parliament and potentially through a general election or referendum” Though heavily publicised by colleagues in Brussels, this resolution passed by Labour party...

The French National Front and Lebanon

By Jean-Yves Camus / 8 March, 2017

Whilst the role of the European Union on an international level is being questioned by the conflicts in the Middle East, most notably by the on-going war in Syria which causes thousands of migrants to move towards Europe, the French election campaign is also affected. By meeting with President Michel...

Trump-Italy: no special relationship

By Fedinando Nelli Feroci / 6 March, 2017

Now that we can confirm that Donald Trump is serious, and that he is keeping his election campaign promises, we have to wonder what it means for a country like Italy to have a leader arrive in the White House who seems intent on calling into question the traditional pillars...

Five Scenarios For Europe But No Clear Positioning

By Ernst Stetter / 3 March, 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’ on the future of Europe to the European Parliament in Brussels. The White Paper presents a range of scenarios for how the European Union could evolve within the next decade(s). ‘What future do we want for...

Elections in the Netherlands: How to unite the left and remain distinctive as social-democrats?

By Klara Boonstra / 2 March, 2017

How to unite the left and remain distinctive as social-democrats? On March 15th, the Netherlands will vote for the representatives in the Lower Chamber of Parliament. And, like in so many other countries in Europe and abroad, the dark grey cloud of right-wing politics and populism, and an emphasis on...

British Politics in times of Brexit – where do we go from here?

By Kathryn Simpson / 1 March, 2017

For the first time in the history of the European Union (EU) a member state has voted to leave the Union. The UK has often been coined ‘an awkward partner’ – a catch-all term to encompass the UK’s troubled relationship with the European integration process and the recent vote to...

The quadruple irresponsibility of Brexit

By Colin Crouch / 6 February, 2017

Now that the United Kingdom government has started to clarify its intentions for life outside the European Union, we can increasingly see that the decision to withdraw from the EU is a quadruple irresponsibility. First, we have decided to tear up the economic relations that we have enjoyed for over...

From the frying pan into the fire. Migration: after Turkey, the EU turns to Libya

By Hedwig Giusto / 6 February, 2017

About one year ago, the attention of the EU focused, as far as the migration crisis was concerned, on the Eastern Mediterranean route, and in particular on Turkey and Greece, respectively the main country of boarding and landing for the huge flows of refugees that were fleeing chiefly from a...

The 2016 US Election: looking back and the way forward

By Ken Gude / 23 November, 2016

This one hurts. A lot. As regular readers of this newsletter know, I was confident of a victory by Hillary Clinton. As was the rest of the United States. And the world. Even Donald Trump himself didn’t think he could or would win—as evidenced by the complete lack of preparation...

The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters

By Ken Gude / 23 November, 2016

The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters America is still in shock—both opponents and supporters—over Donald Trump’s surprise victory on November 8th. We must now, however, attempt to assess what a Trump administration foreign policy would look like. That task is made more difficult by his complete lack...

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