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The Unintended Consequences of Brexit: Sinn Féin’s New Look and the Feasibility of a United Ireland

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The general elections held in Ireland on 8 February 2020, have witnessed the decrease of traditional parties’ electoral support and the rise of Sinn Féin, the left-wing party and former political wing of the IRA. Rather than being another populist phenomenon in Europe, this unusual (but not unexpected) victory could bring about more interesting developments […]

Linking non-compliance with the rule of law in the EU to the management of the EU budget

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On 20-21 February 2020, European Union heads of state met for a special European Council, dedicated to the EU long-term budget for 2021-2027.  It ended without a political agreement; soon, another summit will take place for further negotiations. Today I will not write about what why the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027) did not go through; […]

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Why European asylum policies should account for refugees’ preferences

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Following a surge of refugee arrivals in Europe in 2015, the numbers of new arrivals have significantly declined and the issue of asylum has ceased to dominate the political agenda. Nevertheless, the European Union remains deeply divided on how to establish responsibility-sharing among its member states and how to reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Despite intense political debates, no effective cooperation among European states for the common provision of humanitarian protection has been established.

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The Truman Doctrine Redux: 21st Century American Foreign Policy and Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East

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The Truman Doctrine Redux: 21st Century American Foreign Policy and Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East By  Vassilios Damiras, Ph.D. International Relations Expert   The Genesis of the Doctrine The geostrategic role of the Truman Doctrine in helping prevent the fall of the then Greek kingdom to communism during the late 1940s created a […]

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From financial crisis to legitimacy crisis?

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In the wake of the financial crisis, EU governments spent taxpayers’ money to rescue European banks. That displaced a financial crisis into political systems by straining public finances and social protections in all EU member states. Some states were brought to the point of insolvency, and the survival of the EU’s single currency, perhaps even […]

EU continues its CAP scam that UK failed to stop

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20, February, 2020 At the European Council of 20 February, David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament called the draft €1 Trillion budget for 2021-27, that the Commission and the Council had prepared, ‘unacceptable‘. Why? Was he defending the taxpayer at this extravagance? No. He wants more money, more taxes for spending on European projects. Cutting […]

Europe’s “oxygen vessel” TANAP

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Last November, the town of Ipsala on the Turkish-Greek border welcomed two leaders – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan. The handshake under the flashes of hundreds of cameramen symbolized the formal completion of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP). And, possibly, the beginning of a new era

Economic Nationalism and Bank Resolution in Italy

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Shawn Donnelly Is economic nationalism still alive when it comes to banking in the EU, and if so, what drives it? How have EU institutions responded so far? And in the process, do the Commission and the Single Resolution Board (SRB) have flexibility on the enforcement of bank resolution rules and can these rules be […]

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Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Volume 17 (2017/2018), Issue 1

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A new issue of The Baltic Yearbook of International Law – Volume 17 (2017/2018) 1, has been recently published. The number contains the articles: Hent Kalmo, „Principles and Pragmatism in State Succession: Bargaining in the Economic Affairs Commission of the Tartu Peace Conference“, pp. 1–23 Jaanika Erne, „On the Borders of Law, History and Politics: […]

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Beyond Brexit: Review of Vernon Bogdanor’s Book

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Review of Vernon Bogdanor: Beyond Brexit Vernon Bogdanor excels in his analysis of the UK Constitution. He draws incisive conclusions about the major changes of the Constitution that have arisen from more than four decades of membership to the European Communities. He traces the change of model from UK’s unwritten constitution where Parliament ruled to […]

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