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It was never just about trade

Jon Danzig |

Eurosceptics often claim that they love Europe but hate the European Union. They assert that Britain can still be part of Europe without having to be part of the European Union. That, of course, is true to an extent, but it rather misses the point and purpose of the EU. The European Economic Community – […]

Only a united Europe can bring us peace

Jon Danzig |

The EU is the most successful peace project in human history. Sure, it’s not perfect. But as a model for neighbouring countries to democratically work together, in cooperation and in peace, for the common goals of prosperity and security with respect for human rights, there is no better example on planet earth.

The Russian Connection - update

Jon Danzig |

There is no doubt across the world, even in Russia, that Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the murder on Friday of Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. Just as there is now little doubt that Russia directly interfered in the UK’s democratic processes – the Scottish referendum in 2014, the EU referendum in 2016, and the general election in 2019.

European Defence Spending Should Be Better Aligned

Dr Nicholas Marsh, Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins, Prof Jocelyn Mawdsley |

As a response to the war in Ukraine, European countries have decided to increase their military spending. But member states and EU institutions are not on the same page about what to do with it. Increased defence spending, in itself, does not automatically translate into higher common EU industrial capacity or defence capabilities. On the contrary: uncoordinated military spending brings different risks, and more effort should be put on policy and strategic alignment.

The day Britain ditched old money

Jon Danzig |

Compared to Brexit, the day Britain ditched its old money and adopted a new decimal currency was smooth sailing. Work on the new system began in earnest in March 1966 and decimalisation day came five years later, on 15 February 1971, when the government launched the new currency across the country.

Moldova – our unknown future partner

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Dorina Baltag to eu!radio! She is a researcher at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance of Loughborough University, in London. She spoke to us about Moldova, our future EU partner we know so little about.

How can Labour win next time?

Jon Danzig |

To win power, and to stay in power for more than one term, Labour needs to do something special. It’s a sobering thought that although there have been six Labour Prime Ministers since the party was formed in 1900, only three of them won general elections: Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson, and Tony Blair. The Tory […]

Making Foreign Aid Work: Navigating the Aid Localisation Conundrum

Swetha Ramachandran |

Development assistance funding by international donors is rarely channeled through local actors. While there are strong normative and practical arguments to localize funding (i.e. directly channel funding through local actors), progress has been piecemeal as donors are largely left to their own devices to decide how/when/where and how much to localize.

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