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It’s up to the EU to ensure May’s ‘softer #Brexit’ ploy pays off

It’s up to the EU to ensure May’s ‘softer #Brexit’ ploy pays off

“It’s about getting the best possible deal” on Brexit – that is British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new mantra to explain the surprise general election she has called for 8 June. It is intended to justify her volte face after having stoutly refused to consider fresh elections in the wake of last year’s Brexit referendum, […]

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European nations need to co-operate with US on #Iran policy

European nations need to co-operate with US on #Iran policy

| April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Within his first month in office, the Republican president has directed his State Department to begin a review that could actually lead to the hard-line Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) being designated as a foreign terrorist organization. It appears not improbable that President Donald Trump’s intends the United States to move to confront Iran’s paramilitary […]

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Curious case of #alcohol labelling in the EU

Curious case of #alcohol labelling in the EU

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

European case of alcohol labelling is a good example of the results of industry lobby and effects of vested interests. An example where a logical decision is avoided and postponed without any serious explanation. It should be a wake-up call for both European Parliament and Commission to highlight alcohol policy and understand that without decisions, […]

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#Brexit: A lesson from Donald Tusk on meaningful sovereignty

#Brexit: A lesson from Donald Tusk on meaningful sovereignty

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sovereignty is something that all free societies cherish. The ability to make your own decisions, for your own people, mandated by a democratic vote. What experience has shown – and in particular, Europe’s experience – is that a quaint and puritanical attachment to a pur et dur sovereignty that doesn’t recognize the need to pool […]

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#Hungary: After cracking down on the media, Orbán focuses on controlling academia

#Hungary: After cracking down on the media, Orbán focuses on controlling academia

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán’s much-vaunted support for ‘illiberal democracy’ is well known. Hungary only has the last vestiges of an independent and plural media, businesses must curry favor with Orbán if they want to do business, he has packed the constitutional court and now he is turning his sights on academia. All of […]

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Testing times for #Ukraine anti-corruption reforms

Testing times for #Ukraine anti-corruption reforms

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ukraine’s new National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) may have netted its first big fish. The arrest of State Fiscal Service Head, Roman Nasirov on 2 March on suspicion of helping to embezzle 2 billion hryvnias ($75 million) suggests that Ukraine’s anti-corruption reforms are breaking new ground, writes John Lough, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham […]

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#Brexit and the joys of starting over

#Brexit and the joys of starting over

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anniversaries are special moments. They can be sombre affairs, such as the first anniversary of the Brussels terror attacks, an occasion made even grimmer by the 22 March tragedy in London. Anniversaries can also be a time for reflection and sober deliberation. The European Union’s celebration of its 60th anniversary on 25 March was just […]

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