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Alexis Tsipras’ foreign reputation has had a really impressive return to form. Here is a man who was widely vilified outside of Greece, frequently the but of editorial cartoons by publications such as the Economist.  Leading up to the referendum, Tsipras was described as a dangerous brinks-man who threatened the stability of the continent. Today, Tsipras’… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

Worst Case Scenario

Tensions in the Baltics are high at this moment. Both NATO and Russia are preparing for the event of a military confrontation in Eastern Europe, with both sides undertaking drills to increase readiness of a Russian invasion of Latvia and Estonia. A British think tank, the European Leadership Network, recently released a report analysing military… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

Un an après que Michael Brown, le jeune de 18 ans non armé, ait été abattu par un officier de police à Ferguson, Missouri, la ville est à nouveau dans la tourmente. Beaucoup de choses se sont passées depuis l’homicide de Brown l’année dernière. Aujourd’hui, l’Amérique n’est plus ce qu’elle était l’an passé. La mort… » read more

  Posted by Uniting Europe

European soft-power is the source of it’s influence in the world. Combined with it’s member states, the EU provides a considerable share of the global humanitarian aid: about 50% in 2009. Traditionally, it’s human rights record, though not spotless, has been one of the best in the world. European soft-power stems from it’s quality products,… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

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

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