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

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Audio Version   It is increasingly apparent that the way cosmopolitanism is conceptualised is neither a productive ideal for cosmopolitans, nor particularly accurate to describe the phenomenon. Since cosmopolitanism and transnationalism share qualities, cosmopolitanism should interest the EU, even if there is clear evidence that, in the purest sense, it does not. Traditionally, we view… » read more

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No one wants a tragedy, but it’s happened. No matter how many times we write “Je suis Charlie” on Facebook, we cannot avoid what’s already passed. We need to survey the damage and look to the aftershock. My greatest fear that this action becomes fuel for France’s already potent far right. National tragedies have historically… » read more

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Pondering Russia

I do not know what to think about Russia. I have been writing this entry for four months, revising it again and again in my head. So, if you came here looking for answers and policy suggestions, then you have come in vain. I am going to explain why I cannot figure out this situation.… » read more

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So a Canadian blog on Europe. I have to write on CETA this week, right? Historic agreement, which some in the Canadian media are calling a coup for Prime Minister Harper, clearly that’s the biggest thing in my world currently, right? Maybe. Honestly, I don’t know what I could really say about it that hasn’t… » read more

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