Tag: European Union

Brexit Through the Gift Shop

In just mere weeks the world will be a year removed from being helpless bystanders as the British people decided they wanted tighter borders, less globalization, and bendier, and therefore more patriotic, bananas. Pure frenzy captivated the United Kingdom in…

Macron’s Victory Won’t Thwart Populism

At a quiet dinner hosted by former presidential aide Jacques Attali in 2008, then Socialist Party First Secretary François Hollande asked a young investment banker if he had any aspirations for political office in the future. The investment banker was…

For A Multi-Speed Europe

The European Union has been able to collectively breathe a little easier following this past Wednesday’s Dutch elections, where nationalist populist Geert Wilders significantly underperformed expectations, guaranteeing another term for centre-right PM Mark Rutte. This followed nationalist candidate Norbert Hofer…

Make Europe Great Again: Martin Schulz takes on Angela Merkel

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…

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

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?

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 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

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…