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The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States came as a shock to the political establishment on both sides of the Atlantic, just as the Brexit referendum surprised many who underestimated the level of public discontent that lead to the result. 2016 has been a difficult year in many respects,… » read more

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Nigel Farage’s decision to end his leadership of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is the latest aftershock of the political earthquake triggered by the Brexit referendum’s outcome. As the Eurosceptics’ victory threatens to disintegrate not only the European Union, but also the United Kingdom itself, even the Leave campaign’s most prominent figures are unwilling to… » read more

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NATO’s quick decision to create a new maritime operation in the Aegean Sea to counter migrant smugglers is Europe’s (particularly Germany’s) latest attempt at reducing refugee flows to its shores. While the initiative is unlikely to be very effective given its limited scope (mainly surveillance and information collection) and size (only three ships, at least… » read more

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Faced with the brunt of asylum applications made in Europe this year and increasingly violent far-right reactions to newcomers, Germany has called for front-line migrant registration centres in Italy and Greece and a more even distribution of refugees across the EU. Such demands are understandable, but fail to consider the needs, motivations and tactics of… » read more

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EU foreign and defence ministers recently approved an armed maritime mission targeting migrant smugglers operating in Libya, in the hope of stemming the flow of irregular migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. The mission’s ultimate – and rather controversial – goal is to destroy smugglers’ boats before they can be used, in Libya,… » read more

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The terrorist attack against the satire magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and subsequent hostage situations in Paris have prompted a tremendous wave of compassion throughout Europe. Surprisingly large demonstrations in European cities have revealed a remarkable level of solidarity with the French. At the same time, the specific nature of this solidarity appears to be rather fragmented… » read more

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The recent NATO summit in Wales looked and sounded like a strong affirmation of the West’s willingness to counteract Russian intervention in Ukraine. With military tanks and a full-sized model fighter jet sitting on the lush green grass of the venue’s golf course, NATO’s Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, declared at the start of the summit… » read more

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Monday, 28 April 2014, marked the first day that Moldovan citizens no longer needed visas to travel to Europe’s Schengen area countries. Moldovans celebrated with a concert in the center of Chisinau, while Russia quietly took note of a setback in the increasingly competitive game of strategic citizenship and visa policy in Europe. Russia’s practice… » read more

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Current events in Ukraine are reminiscent of the 2004/2005 “Orange Revolution” that brought Viktor Yushchenko to power after a bitterly contested presidential election against none other than Viktor Yanukovych, the polarizing man who made a comeback. The struggle to resist an old-guard Russia-friendly leader widely perceived as being thoroughly corrupt and hindering Ukraine’s economic and… » read more

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The tragic death of hundreds of migrants off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, earlier this month prompted an unprecedented wave of compassion among European leaders at both the national and EU level. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, visited the small island to deplore the humanitarian… » read more

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