Will Northern Ireland Pay a Heavy Price for Brexit?

July 17, 2017

The UK’s exit from the EU will bring to the surface memories of a violent past and conflicting modern political realities for Ireland. Once the United Kingdom officially exits the European Union, Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a hard border with its neighbor to the south, the Republic...

Will History Repeat Itself for the Conservatives?

June 27, 2017

Might 2017 see a repetition of the historical splits in the Conservative Party? As the many consequences of the June 8 election work through, the United Kingdom is edging closer to a rare historical occurrence already celebrated twice before: a formal split in the (still just about) ruling...

Europe: Moving at Different Speeds

May 10, 2017

A multi-speed Europe presents an attractive alternative to the current EU structure. But is it feasible? European leaders gathered on March 25 to commemorate what should have been a momentous occasion: the 60th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European...

How France’s Far-Left Candidate Turned From No-Hoper to Contender

April 19, 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's transformation since the 2012 election makes him a more appealing candidate. For the past two weeks, France’s dramatic election campaign has been shaken by the surge in the polls of left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The election, which until recently had looked...

A Global Counter-Trump Movement is Taking Shape

February 24, 2017

While the far right is on the march globally, there are signs progressives are stirring from their slumber. Let’s hope that Donald Trump is the political version of syrup of ipecac. The American system has been sick to its stomach for some time. Then along comes Donald Trump, America swallows...

Is Europe Headed for a “Lexit”?

February 02, 2017

For leftist critics of the EU, reform looks unlikely—but aligning with right-wing Euroskeptics looks worse. Maybe there's a third option. When European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg this past September, he told them the organization...