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Realpolitik

Despite ongoing domestic challenges, NATO (the members and the organisation itself) have to make some very heavy political considerations concerning Russia, lest they lose a chance to steal momentum in the propaganda war between Russia and the West. With Russia’s intervention in Syria kicking into high gear, NATO has the opportunity to put muscle behind… » read more

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It can be argued that the European Union is a triumph of liberalism. To say this is somewhat odd in the current political climate in Europe. To many Europeans, when one talks about “liberal” policies, one talks about hard-nosed classical liberalism or neo-liberal globalisation schemes. This isn’t completely unfair. The EU has a lot of… » read more

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  The great thing about innovation is that it is a two way street. Ideas do not replace other idea, instead they collect to form an increasingly cluttered toolbox for solving problems. While I, understandably, focus on issues I think Europe, I realise that my homeland could benefit from ideas and methods applied in Europe… » read more

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The last decade has not been marked by tranquility. We have seen crisis after crisis shake international and national stability, all the while eroding from much longer scope phenomenon. It seems that every week, a new prediction of the collapse of the EU appears. However, the EU remains and seems to have expertly managed this… » read more

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A World with Borders

It’s popular to decry the temporary reinstatement of national borders as a death knell of the European project. This is perhaps premature and definitely hyperbole. It is entirely rational for Germany to behave in this manner given that it is a refugee crisis. Democratic governments often work against their deep-held ideals in times to crisis… » read more

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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,… » read more

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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

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