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Europe’s Syrian Jihadists Spark Worry As They Return Home

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Not unlike the Spanish civil war in the 1930s that spawned the famous Brigadas Internacionales, military units made up of lefty civilian volunteers from all over the world, to fight Franco’s fascist regime, the Syrian conflict has attracted thousands of young European muslims. These men are now beginning to trickle back home, perhaps a little […]

Latvia: From Soviet Union to European Union

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In 1999, I visited the Baltic State of Latvia in the north-east part of Europe. It was eight years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Latvia was forced to join in the 1940’s. And it was five years before Latvia chose to join the European Union.  My visit was a snapshot of a country […]

Letter from Europe: Why I’m a Union man

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In an article for the Yorkshire Post this weekend, American expert in ‘Anglo-American relations’, Dr Ted R Bromund, argued the UKIP case for Britain to leave the European Union.   Dr Bromund, a senior research fellow at The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in Washington DC, wrote that on a recent visit, London didn’t seem so […]

The value of being ‘citizens of Europe’

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If you’re a UK citizen confused about the value of EU membership, due to the ‘untruths’ coming from UKIP and the national press, then just follow the evidence, writes Jon Danzig.         It’s probably best not to be too entrenched about most subjects. That’s a lesson you learn as you get older.   […]

Europe: foreign criminals and human rights

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Today The Telegraph published a story about two foreign criminals, jailed for their part in the English riots, who successfully appealed against deportation because of their ‘right to family life’ under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In response, I posted this comment: Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights […]

The Aims of Nuclear Weapons in Britain & Other States

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The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or the Non-Proliferation Treaty as it is more commonly known, is an international treaty to halt more nations possessing nuclear weapons and weapons technology and use existing nuclear energy sources in a cooperative manner for peaceful purposes. The treaty also entails obtaining nuclear disarmament for other nations. Five states have been […]

Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog

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Welcome to Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog, where the links between the UK and Europe are explored and discussed.  Stories so far: BBC’s John Humphrys got it wrong about Europe Why did UKIP win in Clacton? Press Complaints Commission: Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code A country called Europe? Europe Moves – The ‘EU Earthquake’ […]

‘Europe-­‐Africa security cooperation: a Nordic dimension?’

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Workshop at the University of Southern Denmark Conference room: O98 , Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense 30 November 2012   This workshop on ‘Europe-­‐Africa security cooperation: a Nordic dimension?’ will take place at the University of Southern Denmark on 30 November 2012. The event is intended to initiate the establishment of a network of scholars and […]

Problematising Security Governance in Africa: A Case for Policy Convergence? Workshop Summary

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Participants to this second workshop were invited to reflect, in their papers, on the issue of convergence between international organisations within the African security regime. Discussions during the workshop were fuelled by the high quality of papers, the diversity of perspectives, approaches and case studies adopted by the participants and the intensity, sincerity and active […]

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