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The Future of the EU: A View from the U.K.

The Future of the EU: A View from the U.K.

  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the U.K.’s full participation in the EU from the most recent wave of Euroscepticism in a speech at Chatham House late last month. Conceding up front that the European social model needs reform to remain sustainable, an argument echoed by the moderate left in the U.S., Blair […]

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Celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

On Monday December 10, the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Parliament President Martin Schulz will represent the EU and receive the Nobel Prize in Olso. As discussed in a previous piece, the Peace Prize came as a surprise, but also marked an important turning point in […]

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Obama Redux – EU-U.S. Relations for the next four years

Obama Redux – EU-U.S. Relations for the next four years

Almost a month after the reelection of Barack Obama at the presidency of the U.S., its implications on the EU-U.S. relations should be reviewed. In a conference organized by the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami counting the French Consul to Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Jean Monnet Chair Jaoquin Roy, Ambassador Ambler […]

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Rethinking U.S. Views of the EU

Rethinking U.S. Views of the EU

  Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has written a new book, “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.” In it, Brzezinski examines the challenges most likely to threaten the ability of the U.S. to continue as the leading force in maintaining global stability. The EU comes under specific scrutiny for its inability […]

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Congratulations from Europe(s)

Congratulations from Europe(s)

If there is one element that Europeans can agree on is the satisfaction of President Obama’s reelection. The European Union is currently facing visceral crises such: Cameron’s attacks on the EU budget, the uncertain future of France’s economic recovery, the movements of independence, and so on. Despite what was supposed to be a tight race, […]

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No Talk of the EU During the Presidential Debates

No Talk of the EU During the Presidential Debates

New America Foundation President Steve Coll wrote in The New Yorker mid-week about the foreign policy topics overlooked by President Obama and Governor Romney during the final presidential debate. It was valuable to have one debate out of three focused on the U.S. role in the world. It was also inevitable that both candidates still […]

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The National Opinion Ballot Report Through A U.S.-EU Lens

The National Opinion Ballot Report Through A U.S.-EU Lens

The state of the U.S.-EU relationship is not on the list of topics considered in the recent National Opinion Ballot Report, but the responses in it still matter to Europe analysts. Poll answers on the issues of energy politics and the promotion and defense of democracy abroad may contain some insights into the immediate future […]

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Reflections on the third debate: R.I.P. Europe

Reflections on the third debate: R.I.P. Europe

This last debate on foreign policy will not affect the polls. Mitt Romney was able to make himself credible in foreign policy; while Obama was strong in defending his four years of foreign policy. Romney won the first debate, Obama the second, and the third was a tie. This blog will be extremely short as […]

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10 foreign policy questions for the third presidential debate

10 foreign policy questions for the third presidential debate

Finally the topic of foreign policy will be confronted. So far it has been a drought for U.S. foreign policy experts and lovers. The question about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya causing the killing of four American diplomats has been one of the very few foreign policy themes tackled so far. However, […]

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Iceland: Geopolitical Triangulation

Iceland: Geopolitical Triangulation

Iceland sits right on the divide between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. A little hotspot of volcanic activity in the North Atlantic, it has tried to rediscover its geopolitical identity several times over the past century. I recently read Klaus Dodds and Valur Ingimundarson’s article in the Polar Journal, “Territorial nationalism and Arctic […]

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Flirting with fascism: A European karma?

Flirting with fascism: A European karma?

“Germany’s been going downhill for years. We’re the losers of globalization. The politicians want us to believe the only solution is to work harder. But the politicians are the puppets for big business. They say unemployment’s falling, and we’re still the world’s export champions. But in reality, the poor are getting poorer and the rich, […]

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Free Trade Agreements: Reducing Access to Medicine for the World’s Poor?

Free Trade Agreements: Reducing Access to Medicine for the World’s Poor?

Recently, the European Union and India have been in the news for a near-final free trade agreement, as have the United States and the 10 other countries who are hammering out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While these agreements could bolster economies that were weakened by the recession or that are struggling to emerge, they also […]

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The crusade of the Economist against Mr. Hollande

The crusade of the Economist against Mr. Hollande

In its latest issue, the weekly British magazine the Economist called Mr. Hollande, the Socialist candidate to the French presidency, the most dangerous man of Europe. Even though this statement is not only a smart marketing move, it appears out of line considering the behavior of Britain in Europe. Without launching an anti-British attack, it […]

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No Scarves. No Solution

No Scarves. No Solution

The world has found a way to strike back at Syrian President Bashar Assad: they have slapped travel sanctions on his London-born wife, Asma, to thwart her addiction to luxury shopping. One year into Assad’s churning assault against various opposition groups, stopping his wife from shoping in Europe is one of the few things the […]

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Greek Entrepreneurs to the Rescue

Greek Entrepreneurs to the Rescue

The Greek dimension of the EU sovereign debt crisis is by now well known to all.  Investor anxiety over excessive national debt throughout the EU led to demands for higher interest rates from several governments with greater debt levels and current account deficits.  This in turn made it difficult for some governments to finance further […]

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