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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 cshannon

  Welcome to week II in my series on Federalism. Last week, I talked about why I, as an outsider, am in favour of a Federal Europe. I tried to escape from airy discussions of what developments of new supranational structures means to someone who enjoys textbooks like he enjoys his wine: exceedingly dry. Instead,… » read more

  Posted by cshannon

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 cshannon

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 cshannon

By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor When European development ministers meet on Tuesday (26 May) to decide how the EU will approach overseas aid for the next 15 years, they may find themselves surrounded by smoke and mirrors. Various myths swirl around how European countries can best fund international development – or how they… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

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

  Posted by europainmundo

The Political Italian History of the past 20-plus years has shown that there is no more real demarcation between parties once “political”, between party ideologies, and especially among approaches to public management and / or national and international economic policy that still justify the presence of blocks of political power (the so-called parties) that had… » read more

  Posted by New Politics & Economics Actions

Greek PM Tsipras was invited last Monday to participate in Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual meeting held under the auspices of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin aiming -mainly- at boosting Russia’s export capacity. The same day, Greece was invited to become the sixth member of BRICS’s New Development Bank (NDB). International and… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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