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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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The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict 2.0.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict 2.0.

The fighting outbreak in Nagorno-Karabakh was the largest since the 1994 Bishkek Protocol ceasefire. However, the situation has now "normalized."

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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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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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Defending The Liberal World Order

Defending The Liberal World Order

In 1939, an article entitled "Mourir pour Dantzig?" ("Why Die for Danzig?") argued that France should avoid war with Germany if the latter seized Poland. Today, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as Russia's belligerent foreign policy, leads us to ask similar questions.

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Lesvos Online: Social Media, Refugees, and Foreign Policy at the Individual Level

Lesvos Online: Social Media, Refugees, and Foreign Policy at the Individual Level

The refugee crisis in Europe stems from competing state and non-state actors in Syria and uneven responses by state and supra-state actors in Europe. But one of the most interesting—and useful—responses to the crisis have been at the individual level.

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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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Any New Year’s resolutions Mr. Orbán?

Any New Year’s resolutions Mr. Orbán?

Old tricks die hard in the European Union’s "rogue state," but the West must acknowledge its hand in fueling the political culture in Hungary.

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Greece’s Forgotten Recovery

Greece’s Forgotten Recovery

After negotiations between the Greek government and the Troika finally came to an end last August, the gaze of the world drifted away from Athens.

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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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The EU is Fostering Progress in Tackling Corruption

The EU is Fostering Progress in Tackling Corruption

Romania’s fight against corruption is showing encouraging signs of progress, but the bitter medicine of reform marks a traumatic period for the country.

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Finding the Silver Bullet to Jump Start the EU’s Economy

Finding the Silver Bullet to Jump Start the EU’s Economy

While the U.S. is inching closer to pre-crisis unemployment and GDP growth figures, the picture across the pond is much, much darker.

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