Britain Faces a Brave New World After Brexit

November 07, 2017

The UK's Conservative government is weak, the Labour Party is rising and EU members are out for blood. As the clock ticks down on Britain’s exit from the European Union, one could not go far wrong casting British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as the hopeful Miranda in...

What Next for Spain and Catalonia?

October 14, 2017

The Catalan president has declared independence from Spain, but the government in Madrid has ruled the move illegal. On October 1, Catalonia held a referendum over whether the region should secede from Spain. According to regional authorities, around 90% opted in favor of independence, but only...

The State of the European Union

September 20, 2017

Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent speech at the European Parliament. On September 13, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech to the European Parliament. He stressed what he called European values and singled out three...

Estonia’s EU Presidency: A Model Country Takes the Helm

July 05, 2017

Estonia takes over the EU presidency for the second half of 2017. The European Union, and the Western-led liberal-internationalist world order more generally, have been constantly shaken by crises and uncertainty in recent years. The political bloc has struggled with an economic crisis and...

The Political Consequences of Brexit

June 21, 2017

It would be naive to think that the divorce between the UK and the EU will not leave scars. If one reviews European history over the period since the Reformation 500 ago, the role that England has sought to play in Europe has been that of holding the balance between contending powers. It used...

Merkel’s Journey to Global Leadership Crosses Latin America

For Germany, the greatest gains to be made from Angela Merkel’s trips to Argentina and Mexico are political. The election of US President Donald Trump in November 2016 brought political and economic uncertainty to the world. Upon being elected, Trump announced radical changes to US domestic...

Is the Euro Destined to Fail?

May 16, 2017

Has Europe’s common currency been cheating death for too long? The current political climate around the globe is leaning toward nationalism. Within this social construct of isolationism, its ideology does not lean in favor of the European communal currency, shared by 19 nations across the...

The World This Week: Protests in Poland for Freedom and Democracy

December 25, 2016

Poles protest as their conservative government dilutes the independence of the country’s institutions and puts fetters on the press. This week, much of the world was agog over Christmas, a day when a child was born in the modern-day Palestinian town of Bethlehem. When the child grew up, the...

How a British Court Ruling Could Delay Brexit Negotiations

November 12, 2016

Consult with Parliament before acting on Brexit, a court tells Prime Minister May. Experts delve into the implications. Fresh uncertainty clouds British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to begin negotiations on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU). The British High Court...

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