Tag: Shada Islam

In a world of belligerent nationalisms, it’s not just #Catalonia that needs cool-headed mediation

In a world of belligerent nationalisms, it’s not just #Catalonia that needs cool-headed mediation

| October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

With Spain and Catalonia still locked in confrontation, cool-headed mediators are desperately needed to take the heat out of the escalating Catalan crisis. The European Union and Spain’s European partners have been little more than concerned bystanders so far. They cannot stay out of the fray any longer. Madrid and Barcelona need urgent outside help […]

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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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#Brexit: The Empire Strikes Back

#Brexit: The Empire Strikes Back

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the glorious memory of ‘Empire’ is back. You know, the one where the sun never set? The Brexiteers’ pro-Empire narrative is simple, writes Shada Islam. Freed of the ‘shackles’ of the EU, Britain becomes a standalone, autonomous superpower, especially in trade. No more listening to instructions from […]

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Europe must remain a safe place for #Muslim reformers

Europe must remain a safe place for #Muslim reformers

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Liberal democracy is in a parlous state. In America, Donald Trump is making his mark even before he enters the Oval Office. In Europe – despite heartening news from Austria – demagogues have the wind in their sails, writes Shada Islam. Meanwhile, free-thinking, liberal Muslim thought leaders and reformers are struggling to live and work […]

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#FriendsofEurope: EU leaders must fight fire with fire

#FriendsofEurope: EU leaders must fight fire with fire

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s easy to be sucked into the prevailing pessimistic EU narrative, says Shada Islam, director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe. You know the one: the Union is falling apart; Brexit will prompt an exodus of others seeking to leave the bloc; and pure, white Christian Europe is being invaded by nasty foreigners, […]

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