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The post – Crimean world: Russia´s annexation and its consequences.

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I would like to take a look at the factual and legal aspects of Russia´s aggression against Ukraine´s territorial integrity in early 2014. Indeed, to what extent has the international law been violated and what are the consequences?   In February 2014 Russian authorities used the internal political conflict in Ukraine to deprive the Ukrainian […]

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A Brexit summer reading guide

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Have you been struggling to keep up with all the new books on Brexit? Were you secretly planning to spend your summer holiday catching up on some of them? OK – perhaps not. But if you were, then here to help is a guide on what to take away with you to the beach or pool to […]

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Brexit boost? Did the EU referendum improve the awareness of EU regional policy in the UK?

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EU regional policy spending accounts for about a third of the EU’s total budget. It is the EU’s main mechanism for financial redistribution. In addition to supporting jobs, economic growth, sustainable development and so on, one of its key stated aims is to underpin European solidarity. In this way it is a key part of […]

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Happy birthday, EU NATO Declaration! All the best for your future

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[This post was originally published in the Atlantic Community.]   Saturday, July 8th, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of NATO. The signing of this joint declaration between the EU and the Atlantic Alliance called […]

IMF’s Approval-In-Principle and Greece’s 3rd Program

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An exclusive look into the IMF’s Approval In Principle proceedure and its application on the 3rd Greek Financial Assistance Program: “…the options remain limited. Either the IMF will be satisfied with later, more detailed delineation of the debt relief measures and provide financing, or the Eurogroup will be pressured to consider actual implementation of the […]

The overlooked dimension? Brexit and local governance

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Next week I embark on my new research project examining the impact of Brexit on UK local government. This is obviously quite broad but I’m essentially interested in three things: Why was the local dimension largely overlooked in the EU referendum campaign? What challenges and opportunities do local authorities believe Brexit presents them with? How […]

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Ultimate Jihad?

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Could Europe’s struggle against Islamic terrorists become a guerrilla war? Mike Ungersma looks for signs. It must have a friendly population, not actively friendly, but sympathetic to the point of not betraying rebel movements to the enemy. Rebellions can be made by 2% active in a striking force, and 98% passively sympathetic. T E Lawrence,  […]

Voters endorse an Alice-in-wonderland Brexit

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In calling the election, Theresa May rejected Alice’s belief in politics as a game in which all should have prizes. She saw the election and Brexit negotiations as processes in which she would win and others would lose. Her opponents foresaw an outcome in which all would be losers: the Brexiteers because the prize they […]

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NATO, Trump and Turkey: The Alliance needs more coherence

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On 25 May 2017, NATO leaders met in Brussels to celebrate the opening the new headquarters in Boulevard Léopold III. The location of the new headquarters is historically very significant: during construction four unexploded bombs from both the First and Second World Wars were found underneath. This should serve as an excellent reminder for what […]

No deal is incompatible with Theresa May’s claim that “everything depends on getting the Brexit negotiations right”

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The UK’s Government is wrapped in a contradiction on Brexit. On the one hand, Theresa May states that no deal is better than a bad deal. On the other hand, the Conservative Manifesto also states that getting the Brexit negotiations right will define “our economic security and economic prosperity”. Since the Lancaster House speech earlier this […]

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