Category: Europe

Make Europe Great Again: Martin Schulz takes on Angela Merkel

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By all accounts, 2017 was supposed to be an absolutely atrocious year for the liberal left. Coming on the heels of Brexit, the Spanish socialists’ capitulation, Matteo Renzi’s resignation, and, you know, some other stuff, this was supposed to be…

Queen Elizabeth II: Sapphire Stability

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace in London, April 1, 2009.  Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fd/Barack_Obama_Michelle_Obama_Queen_Elizabeth_II_Buckingham_Palace_London.jpg)

On Monday February 6th, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years on the throne. She is the first British monarch ever to do so, surpassing the 63 years and 216 days of Queen Victoria, whom she also…

Lessons from Romania: How to Start an Anti-Establishment Revolution the “Right Way”

Romanian flag overlooking Bucharest.
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“If only the United States could learn from Romania”. This is what many are saying following the successful protests by the Romanian people against their newly-selected government. The populist movement that has emerged since the end of January arose out…

Hello Darkness My Old Friend – Renewed Tensions in the Western Balkans

Translation from Russian: Kosovska Mitrovica: Kosovo is Serbian; Crimea is Russian. Mitrovica, Kosovo. https://flic.kr/p/nMsACR

Violence has engulfed the Donbas as conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists gains a new lease on life; Estonians arm themselves in fear of a Russian onslaught. Meanwhile, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina the ceasefire constitution is starting to seem as more…

Brexit: Opportunity or Distraction for the EU?

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Theresa May’s speech from the Home Office on the 17th of January put an end to 6 months of uncertainty as to the broad course that Great Britain will adopt following Brexit. Nicknamed “Theresa May-be” by some, the British Prime…

The EU and the New East: Integration, Confrontation, and Illiberalism in Belarus

The European Neighbourhood Programme aims to promote integration of the EU's eastern and southern environment. https://flic.kr/p/oW3buZ

The establishment of visa-free travel to Belarus for citizens of 80 countries (including European Union Member States as well as the United States) is the latest episode in the ongoing geopolitical struggle opposing Western great powers to the Russian Federation…

To Euro or Not to Euro? For Croatia, the Wise Choice is No

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
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The road to the Euro remains a long one for Croatia despite the fact that the Croatian National Bank (CNB), intends to replace the Croatian kuna with Europe’s shared currency by 2020. However, it very well may not be the best…