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Britain after Brexit

If one thing the critics and the advocates of the EU can agree on is that more integration is needed, if the EU is going to survive. That seems like a sign of poor tidings for keeping Britain in the EU. So, let’s run with a hypothetical. Hypothetically, let’s say that Hollande’s proposals go forward… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

  The most interesting thing to come out of an interesting month was President Hollande’s 19th of July letter published in the Journal du Dimanche. It called for a “vanguard” of European states, comprising of (at least) the founders of the ECSC, to form a government to manage the Eurozone. This new formation, according to… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

Over the past few weeks, we have seen how two of the pillars of the world economy, Europe and China, have entered a phase of uncertainty about their future. The worries relating to the Chinese stock markets drop have been intersecting with those linked to Greek crisis in the global news. In fact, the dra(h)matic feelings’ buildup relies… » read more

  Posted by Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu, Stratfor

European Energy Union

The union grows through crises – this phrase yields some 20 million search results about the European Union, even without clarifying what kind of union is meant, while searches related to the growth vision for the European Union, run in various configurations, return 500 thousand results at best. This is several times less than in… » read more

  Posted by Adam Czyzewski

Governing Europe is a monumental task, so it behoves us to learn from other points in history when we undertook other monumental tasks in government. Therefore, I am of the position that the lessons of 19th century imperial  governance hold many lessons for a people who have hyper-prioritised the importance of nations. I have put… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

A Canadian writing on European affairs. This immediately strikes me as bizarre, but here we are. This week I’m starting a series on Federalism, in particular on European Federalism. I won’t leave you hanging in mystery, I’m for it. You might expect my sensibilities and sympathies to align with the UK, and they do, to… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

As Italy’s immigration crisis intensifies, leading to a diplomatic stand-off between Rome and France, Renzi and Valls highlight the immigration dilemma of the Left. How to keep economic protectionism and social internationalism together? The Left seems confused: is labelling migration as a security issue a conservative approach? Should the progressives revamp multiculturalism against the surge… » read more

  Posted by PostPolitik - The blog of Alessio Postiglione

In a departure from my usual obsessions, I took a step back from the headlines about the situation in Ukraine at an intellectual discussion about its underlying causes. Video links brought together academics and political scientists in Kiev, Moscow and, somewhat  incongruously, Braine L’Alleud to debate the Context and Prospects of Settlement of the Conflict in… » read more

  Posted by Grumpy Old European

Audio Version   It is increasingly apparent that the way cosmopolitanism is conceptualised is neither a productive ideal for cosmopolitans, nor particularly accurate to describe the phenomenon. Since cosmopolitanism and transnationalism share qualities, cosmopolitanism should interest the EU, even if there is clear evidence that, in the purest sense, it does not. Traditionally, we view… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

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