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#FriendsofEurope: Speak up, Brussels! It’s time to emphasize the EU’s virtues

#FriendsofEurope: Speak up, Brussels! It’s time to emphasize the EU’s virtues

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

This has been a roller-coaster year for Europe. It opened amidst widespread despondency, chiefly over Brexit but also over the rising tide of populism, then perked up when euro-enthusiast Emmanuel Macron was elected to the French presidency, and now is drifting back towards the doldrums, writes Giles Merritt of Friends of Europe. The momentum for […]

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Frankly Speaking – Six lessons from Europe’s bounce-back

Frankly Speaking – Six lessons from Europe’s bounce-back

Europe’s bouncing back, say Shada Islam and Giles Merritt. If populism can best be described as the triumph of dangerously simplistic and short-sighted solutions to complex long-term problems, then the populists are being routed on both sides of the English Channel. Remember when soap-opera politics used to be the preserve of what was contemptuously described […]

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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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‘Don’t start #Brexit talks with a clash on cash’

‘Don’t start #Brexit talks with a clash on cash’

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The eyes of the world will soon be on the Brexit negotiations, amid widespread fears that they may end in a ‘train crash’, not least because of a cash clash. Here’s a suggestion for averting that – or at least making it much less likely, writes Giles Merritt. The pressures and constraints affecting both sides […]

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#EuroDole: A German initiative that Berlin doesn’t welcome

#EuroDole: A German initiative that Berlin doesn’t welcome

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the eyes of most Europeans, the EU is cold and remote. “Nobody could ever fall in love with the Single Market,” warned Jacques Delors in the late 1980s, when the pioneering Commission president was at the height of his popularity and making the single market a reality, writes Giles Merritt. There’s little love of […]

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#Burkinis, #borders and #Brexit – unfortunate new symbols of a fragile and fearful Europe

#Burkinis, #borders and #Brexit – unfortunate new symbols of a fragile and fearful Europe

| September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Europe gets back to serious work, there is much to discuss, and much to do. Problems abound. Europe faces a host of challenges – many internal, some external – and next year won’t be any easier. Brace yourselves for an autumn and winter of discontent, writes Friends of Europe. The world kept turning as […]

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Development Policy Forum Africa Summit organized by Friends of Europe

Development Policy Forum Africa Summit organized by Friends of Europe

Andris PIEBALGS, Brussels, 24 June 2014 “Introduction: Africa today In a matter of decades, Africa has emerged from the shadows of colonial rule, apartheid, crippling debt and economic stagnation. It has entered a new era of unprecedented economic and demographic growth. Today it is the most dynamic continent, considered the world’s growth “reservoir”. It has a […]

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