March 26, 2017

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Scotland Headed to a Second Independence Referendum

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The future is extremely uncertain, although once the Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU get properly underway there may be greater clarity as to what sort of impact that is having on opinion in Scotland, which is back in campaign mode and referendum. Read More »

Brexit: Europe’s New Nationalism is Here to Stay

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The UK may be the first country to leave the EU but it may not be the last. All across the continent, euro skepticism is offering a new outlet for old feelings. Read More »

Why the UK’s Brexit Vote Should Matter to Americans

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Polls show voters are beginning to lean toward leaving the EU, so it's time to brush up on what will happen if there's a Brexit – and why it matters on this side of the Atlantic. Read More »

Merkel and Obama: Fault Lines Behind a Friendly Face

President Barak Obama (R), Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2nd R), Netherland Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (2nd L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) share a laugh prior to the G20 leaders holding the opening working Plenary session at the Convention Center September 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (International Monetary Fund Photograph by Stephen Jaffe, Creative Commons License)

If Obama’s visit to the United Kingdom and Germany confirmed anything, it was the extent to which America’s political elites worry about the strength and unity of Europe. Read More »

Thinking Outside the European Box

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For better or worse, the refugee crisis underscores that Turkey is part of Europe. Pretending otherwise could have disastrous consequences. Read More »

Are China and the EU on a Collision Course?

Workers rights protests in Strasbourg, France. (Photo by The S&D Group in the European Parliament, Creative Commons License)

The future of the EU–China trade relationship will be substantially impacted by a debate over whether China should be granted ‘market economy status’ (MES) this year. Read More »

Northeast Asia’s Dysfunctional Diplomacy

China’s growing assertiveness and Japan’s not unrelated desire to become a ‘normal’, more militarily self-reliant country, have done little to improve regional relations. (Photo by futureatlas.com, Creative Commons License)

Anyone who follows the politics of Northeast Asia must be wondering whether things may finally be about to change for the better. Not only have the leaders of the region’s big three — China, Japan and South Korea — recently held much delayed talks, but the presidents of China and Taiwan have finally had a face-to-face meeting as well. Does ... Read More »

Somaliland: The Strains of Success

Troops Advance during Anti-Shabaab Operation in Somalia. (UN Photo:Stuart Price, Creative Commons License)

Successful state building in Somaliland has raised the stakes of holding – and losing – power. While Somaliland has remained largely committed to democratic government, recurrent political crises and delayed elections risk postponing much needed internal debate. Read More »

European Church Leaders Want Visa-free Entry for Syrians, Iraqis

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Five church organizations have called upon the EU and its member states to lifts visa requirement for Syrian and Iraqi nationals living in war zones. Read More »

The Energy-security Nexus in Southeast Europe

The route of Trans-Adriatic Pipeline will make Albania a regional hub for gas distribution. (Image via New Europe)

Connecting the energy islands in south-east Europe will help build a region that can act as a strategic partner for the EU in the broader energy-security nexus. Read More »