Category: Europe

The Turkey-Russia Rapprochement

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Nearly a month following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, we have seen neither a Russian démarche nor a reprisal against the Turkish government for the security oversight that allowed the gunman to enter the Ankara art…

Terra Nullius – Georgia’s Shifting Frontiers

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At the annual celebration of the Russian Geographical Society in Saint Petersburg last November, Russian President Vladimir Putin engaged in topographical discourse with a nine-year-old boy who claimed he knew every border in the world. The President wanted to know…

Again, The Center Cannot Hold: The Italian Referendum

The Prime Minister of Italy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi arrives at Downing Street and is Welcomed by The British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Five months ago, following the defeat of a referendum on which he had essentially staked his career, British PM David Cameron tendered his resignation, leading to widespread fears of economic instability and political uncertainty within both the UK and the…

The End of an Era: Can Trump and Brexit be Good for the Economy?

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2016 has been a historic year in the Western liberal political tradition. Events like the Brexit referendum in June, and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA in November have created much uncertainty about the…

Fourth Time Around: Angela Merkel’s Legacy and Potential

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2016 has been complete political mayhem. While the recent elections in the United States was arguably the political climax of the year, it was prefaced by the Panama Papers, an increase of terrorist attacks in Western Europe, the ongoing refugee…

Let Them in, for Goodness Sake!: Negotiation Talks Cease for Turkey’s EU Accession

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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As one of the Central Powers, the Ottoman Empire found itself on the losing side of the First World War. Shortly after, “the sick man of Europe” underwent a secularist revolution under the guidance of Turkish nationalist, nation-builder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk…

The Scattered French Left

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“Today, I am conscious of the risks that would arise from an approach, such as mine, that would not gather up to a great extent.” This is how François Hollande announced that he would not run for a second five-year…