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Reform #2: Political system (vol. 5) – Overview

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Introduction Previously, I introduced my ideas of reforming the pillars of the European political system – in accordance with the principles discussed in other articles too (see Debut, Suffrage) – in four volumes: European electoral system, European Parliament, European Government, and the European Presidential Council and the President of the Republic of the United Europe. […]

50 years on, little hope for a new ping pong diplomacy

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The most emblematic example of how sport is used as an icebreaker in international relations is no doubt the visit, between 10 and 17 April 1971, of nine American table tennis players to the People’s Republic of China, an event known worldwide as ‘ping pong diplomacy’. A lot has been said and written about this […]

Reform #2: Political system (vol. 4) – European Presidential Council and the President of the Republic of the United Europe

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Introduction In my previous articles, I covered the reformation of the European electoral system (see Reform #2 vol. 1) and the European Parliament (or EP, see Reform #2 vol. 2), and the introduction of the European Government (or EG, see Reform #2 vol. 3) as crucial elements of reforming the European political system, in which […]

Reform #2: Political system (vol. 3) – European Government

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Introduction In my previous articles, I introduced my ideas on reforming the European electoral system (see Reform #2 vol. 1) and the European Parliament (or EP, see Reform #2 vol. 2) as the first steps of the reformation of the European political system. As previously discussed, pan-Europarties are going to be elected to the EP, […]

Um. Hello? [waves]

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I know my IR colleagues like nothing better than a strategic review document, since it gives them hours of enjoyment coding for stuff and generally feeling like there’s some interest in their field. And the arrival of the UK’s much-delayed Integrated Review this week has given me some sense of that, even as it almost […]

Reform #2: Political system (vol. 2) – European Parliament

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Introduction As discussed in my previous article (see Reform #2 vol. 1), the European electoral system would go through a radical reformation, which affects the composition and working dynamics of the European Parliament (or EP) profoundly. Based on the figures of turnout and election results, the pan-Europarties and their national branches are going to reshape […]

Lop the loop

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Let’s thank my need to get the car MOT’ed for my chancing upon a very interesting discussion about the OODA loop on the radio. For those not into military tactics, the Observe-Orient-Decide-Act loop was devised by a US fighter pilot in the Cold War to conceptualise ways of (literally and metaphorically) out-manoeuvring your opponent: essentially […]

Europe chooses Digital Sovereignty. What about Ukraine?

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In mid-December the European Commission announced two draft laws on the regulation of the IT market. The Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act are intended to limit the influence of global Internet companies in the EU. European officials define these initiatives as a tool that can ensure fair competition in the European IT […]

Das Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA): Aufbau in Corona-Zeiten und mögliches Organigramm

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Seit Anfang Januar arbeitet das neue Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) jetzt bereits in Brandenburg. Nach außen hin ist noch nicht viel zu sehen, aber es gibt seit meinen letzten Blogbeiträgen zumindest ein paar Updates zur Struktur der Behörde, zum Gebäudesituation und zur den Stellenprofilen des Amts. 1. Die Struktur der Behörde Aktuell gibt es auf […]

What next?

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Let’s call this the age of Gloomy Dawning Realisation. Since the start of the year, every day has been filled with examples of How It’s All Going To Be, as various individuals and sectors click that what we have is what we’ve got. This seems an odd way to put it, especially since those of […]

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