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EU faces prospect of ‘coup d’état’ by European Council

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(Also published on The Parliament Magazine) The 2014 European elections will be remembered as those that transformed the EU into a sort of Parliamentary democracy by indirectly electing the president of the European Commission, or as those that ditched the whole process and lead instead to the first “coup d’état” operated by the European Council […]

Dependence on Russian Energy and Eurosceptic MEPs: A Wicked Problem or a Joint Solution?

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 Events in the first half of 2014 are likely to present somewhat of a headache to those working in Europe’s climate and energy sector, but they could also provide a solution. Much of Europe is addicted to Russian energy imports, impinging the continent’s ability to isolate Russia as a result of its recent engagement with […]

Approaching Europe: Israel and the Knowledge-Based Society

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  Yoav Freidman, Hannah Moscovitz and Hila Zahavi The conference “Approaching Europe: Israel and the Knowledge-Based Society”, jointly organized by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Bologna Training Center (BTC) and the Israel office of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, sought to examine the European experience in higher education policy and reform, focusing on the European Higher Education […]

Israel & the Arab World: An Essay on Conflict

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The Arab world is in conflict and has been so for many decades now but where does Israel fit into the whole picture? Israel looks at the conflict with some reserve and some trepidation, owing to its many problems to try to fit in anyway. Although one of the most powerful countries in the Middle […]

Giving Substance to Austerity Alternatives

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TRAVEL DIARY: Day 9 of our caravan tour through the Iberian peninsula, part of the Transeuropa caravans Leaving Faro was hard, for one because we would have liked to spend more time with the lovely people and at our lovely hostel, and for another because we left so terribly early (Paula forgot at least three […]

Why the UK needs the EU (and vice versa)

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Making the case that the United Kingdom (UK) needs the European Union (EU) and vice versa is at the forefront of current electoral debates in the UK. During a passionate electoral hustings event at the University of East Anglia last night, candidates clashed over visions for a federal European Union (Andrew Duff, MEP, Lib Dem), […]

Afghanistan & India: Crafting Stability In The Region

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Post 9/11 concern has been raised over where India stands on a number of issues, which includes it’s approach to the relationship it shares with Afghanistan on all levels: economically, politically and socially. Security and stability in Afghanistan is of importance to India. There has been claims of cultural co-operation in between India and Afghanistan, […]

EU action over Ukraine not that of a world player

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The situation in Ukraine has gone from bad to worse. The country is wracked by three broad crises, each linked to the other and requiring comprehensive action. First is a debt crisis that is all too familiar to countries of the eurozone which, without help from the IMF and the EU, will lead to state […]

EU and Russia: Worlds Apart?

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  The long history of relations between Russia and Europe is a complex one, having undergone vacillating shifts between periods of attraction and cooperation at times, and intense competition and mistrust at others (Giusti and Penkova 2012, Light and Allison 2006). Against this broad historical backdrop of ‘schizophrenic’ foreign policy relations, I argue that the […]

The ghosts of Libya in Crimea: EU’s continued Weakness in Crisis Response.

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This post will demonstrate that the on-going crisis in the Crimea has once again exposed the EU’s weakness in crisis response by highlighting the inability of its member states to adopt a coherent and effective response to an external crisis. This is due to the structure of the Union where conflicting interests of member states […]

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