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Italy and the Consequences of the “No” Vote

Italy and the Consequences of the “No” Vote

Italy voted “No” to the national referendum on December 4th resulting in important economic and political consequences for the nation and the European Union.

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Eastern Europe’s Duplicitous Tango with Moscow and Brussels

Eastern Europe’s Duplicitous Tango with Moscow and Brussels

Far from having strong ideological persuasions one way or the other, Eastern Europe’s leaders exploit cultural divides inside their countries for short-term political gain.

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Military Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?

Military Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?

The EU’s foreign policy mostly relies on soft power. However, European leaders are suggesting a more proactive role for the EU as a global military power.

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Central and Eastern Europe at odds with Brussels

Central and Eastern Europe at odds with Brussels

The refugee crisis revealed the extent of the ideological parting of ways between old and new Europe.

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Six Events that Will Shape Europe in the Next 9 Months

Six Events that Will Shape Europe in the Next 9 Months

Europe faces a string of political and financial events that may lead to further instability in a region already battered by the effects of multiple crises.

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Brexit’s Varied Lessons

Brexit’s Varied Lessons

Enough time has passed since Britain’s vote to leave the EU for the political consequences to be felt, and for analysts to register their post-mortems.

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String of Attacks Increases Risk of Anti-Refugee Sentiments in Germany

String of Attacks Increases Risk of Anti-Refugee Sentiments in Germany

The latest string of violence increases risk of anti-migrant feelings and political tensions as Merkel is weakened by the refugee crisis.

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A Founding Father Looks at Brexit

A Founding Father Looks at Brexit

What would Alexander Hamilton have to say about Brexit?

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Brexit: Will the EU Botch It Again?

Brexit: Will the EU Botch It Again?

Brexit presents a new challenge to the European Union, an organization already plagued by successive and compounding crises.

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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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Syriza’s Haphazard Reforms Leave Greeks Suffering

Syriza’s Haphazard Reforms Leave Greeks Suffering

In 2016, Grexit—the issue that was once billed as “existential” for the EU—was barely mentioned across European media. Sometimes, no news is not good news.

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NATO Back on Dual-Track?

NATO Back on Dual-Track?

NATO should strengthen both aspects of this renewed dual-track policy—responding to the security needs of its most exposed members, while at the same time advocating dialogue and transparency to diffuse tension in their relations with Russia.

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Fate of Migrants in Europe Remains Murky

Fate of Migrants in Europe Remains Murky

The current arrangement is not a long-term solution. More work is needed to develop a system to accommodate those fleeing violence in hopes of a better life.

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Turkey and the EU: Sleeping with the Enemy

Turkey and the EU: Sleeping with the Enemy

Ankara has manifested a habit of eagerly seeking concessions and funding from the EU, but being notably less keen on keeping its own side of the bargains.

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In Response to Europe’s Needs

In Response to Europe’s Needs

President Obama will have a hard time assisting EU leaders in their fight against terrorism, and in dealing with economic stagnation and mass migration

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