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Brexit Makes Trump’s Wall More Likely

Brexit Makes Trump’s Wall More Likely

The outcome of the Brexit vote is a harbinger of a pivoting away from the globalization process and the strengthening of supranational institutions.

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The UK’s Innate Conservatism will Prevent an EU Exit

The UK’s Innate Conservatism will Prevent an EU Exit

While the UK is prepared to experiment with its political and economic system, sudden, drastic changes are not welcomed: a gradualist approach is preferred.

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Causeway Bay Incident: Swedish Diplomacy under Challenge

Causeway Bay Incident: Swedish Diplomacy under Challenge

The Causeway Bay Bookstore incident and Beijing’s response has posed a serious challenge to Sweden’s “human rights diplomacy.”

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UK Referendum: Could Britain Leave the EU?

UK Referendum: Could Britain Leave the EU?

The best argument against Brexit is that one cannot fully tell what the effects of the UK leaving the EU would be as no member state has ever left the union before. However, there is certainly the feeling that the EU and UK would go through a messy divorce.

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For Britain the Road to China Runs Through Europe

For Britain the Road to China Runs Through Europe

By choosing the European route instead of the bilateral one to negotiate its trading relationship with Beijing the UK maximizes its leverage with both its European partners and China, which is useful for a medium-sized ex-colonial power.

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France’s Fascination with the Far Right

France’s Fascination with the Far Right

Marine Le Pen is a savvier speaker than her firebrand father, but the National Front still embodies a xenophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic movement that seeks to lead France out of Europe and back down the road of narrow-minded populism.

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China’s Relationship with Germany and the High Euro

China’s Relationship with Germany and the High Euro

China’s economy is slowing down. What does that mean for Germany?

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Britain’s Bold and Blistered Year on Human Rights

Britain’s Bold and Blistered Year on Human Rights

Slender forms in decadently jeweled red and gold glide across the stage. Delicate white flower petals cling to dark hair and long limbs grab the air in soft waves.  This traditional dance marked a stunning welcome to the mid-November commencement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOG) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  The  ceremony provided a much …

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Transatlantic Snooping – National versus transatlantic interests

Transatlantic Snooping – National versus transatlantic interests

The snowball effect of the Snowden revelations is finally picking up. Between the revelations of the National Security Agency eavesdropping on Merkel’s cellphone and massive collection of European citizens’ emails and phone calls (as demonstrated by the illustration below), Europeans are furious and have been asking questions to a reluctant …

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Miranda Writes: Guardian vs. Government

Miranda Writes: Guardian vs. Government

Metal surrenders to the heat, slinking away to dust.  The remnants, lumped on the floor, are loomed over by an audience of intelligence agents — dispatched to watch the burn and all too pleased with the task – and journalists confounded by the absurdity of the scene.  As if ripped …

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Revisiting the Shoah

Revisiting the Shoah

Traveling across France earlier this summer, I went back to one of my favorite childhood locations, le Chambon-sur-Lignon, in the middle of France, Haute-Loire. In between catching up with relatives and grand-parents, I had the time to go visit a new museum, lieu de mémoire, that received national attention at …

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French national mood

French national mood

After spending several weeks in France, the mood in France is far from being positive. A series of factors have contributed to some type of national negativism affecting any types of creativity and motivation to drive the country out of this crisis. Rightly so, France is not at its economic, …

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Courting Controversy: Clashes Compound Between Britain and Human Rights Bench

Courting Controversy: Clashes Compound Between Britain and Human Rights Bench

Nearly 500 miles of European land mass fell away, the English Channel hollowed out, the great earth shifted and the continent merged with the island to its west.  When all came to rest, the medieval cityscape of Strasbourg, France, sat atop London…  No, certainly not.  But for many a Europe-weary …

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The Dilemma of Snowden’s leak

The Dilemma of Snowden’s leak

Should Europe care about the Snowden’s leak? Absolutely, but don’t expect too much from the EU and its Member States to fully defend privacy rights of European citizens.
Earlier this week, Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton contracted by …

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Cameron Visits U.S. in High Wire Act on Europe, Syria

Cameron Visits U.S. in High Wire Act on Europe, Syria

The gesture itself was subtle, but as the collection of briefing notes were set to one side, so with it went a thin layer of pulped political barricade.  What remained were two government leaders seated across a table, a Russian president asking a British prime minister to state his case.  …

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