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Theresa May’s evolving Brexit strategy

Theresa May’s evolving Brexit strategy

The transition agreement between the UK and EU means that although the UK will officially leave the EU in March 2019, it will still remain in the customs union and single market for another 21 months. The deal was struck after several concessions by the UK, indicating the government’s willingness ...

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Exclusive Interview: Alfa Bank’s Chief Economist on the outlook for Russia

Exclusive Interview: Alfa Bank’s Chief Economist on the outlook for Russia

The Russian economy returned to growth in 2017 after several years of recession. However, there are still major challenges ahead, including the need for budget reform, a financial sector overhaul, and the risk of sanctions. Natalia Orlova, Chief Economist and Head of Macro Insights at Alfa Bank, offers her expert ...

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Can the Balkans get serious about tackling crime?

Can the Balkans get serious about tackling crime?

The New Year didn’t bring any respite for Albania’s beleaguered government as January saw the renewal of public protests with tens of thousands descending on capital Tirana, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama over his alleged links to organized crime. The leader of the ruling Socialist Party ...

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2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

Thousands demonstrated against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour law reforms in September. With the President’s popularity in decline, the French government will face a new set of challenges in the first months of 2018. In late September, the freshly elected government led by Emmanuel Macron faced its first street protests when ...

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UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Take a People-centered Approach to Migration Crisis

UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Take a People-centered Approach to Migration Crisis

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 2,200 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean during the first seven months of 2017. In the United States, more people are dying while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, even though fewer people are ...

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An Independent Catalonia May Promote Worldwide Independence Movements

An Independent Catalonia May Promote Worldwide Independence Movements

National governments in federally unified states rarely allow for a national legal process to break up its own federation.

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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

An overview of what to expect in the coming week. Headlined by Brexit talks, the German election, and Trump's first official conference at the U.N.

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Theresa May’s Misplaced Bet on Donald Trump

Theresa May’s Misplaced Bet on Donald Trump

France was recently declared the world’s top soft power for 2017, outranking both the US and the UK for the first time. How should Theresa May respond?

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Trump Jeopardizes EU Security in Riyadh

Trump Jeopardizes EU Security in Riyadh

The Islamic Military Alliance, recently supported by Donald Trump, poses a security and economic challenge to the European Union.

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Brexit and the Irish Border

Brexit and the Irish Border

Brexit was fought and decided on immigration. Yet while the argument about migrants was debated, the issue of the Irish border was largely ignored.

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The Lessons of Dead Empires

The Lessons of Dead Empires

The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires are lessons on how underestimating national identities can lead to unintended political change.

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The EU at 60: Between Globalism and Nationalism

The EU at 60: Between Globalism and Nationalism

In their quest for power, populist parties prescribe protectionism and the reestablishment of national sovereignty as panacea to all of the EU’s ills.

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Europe’s ‘Fault Lines’ should be Discussed at the UN: Ambassador Almeida

Europe’s ‘Fault Lines’ should be Discussed at the UN: Ambassador Almeida

The head of Europe’s delegation to the United Nations describes an ideological battle in the EU between globalism and nationalism.

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On Turkey, NATO and Needing New Allies

On Turkey, NATO and Needing New Allies

After almost a century of marching in lockstep with the secular ideas of Ataturk and the Kemalists, Erdogan is taking a hammer to the entire edifice.

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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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