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Europe’s Isolation Against Russia

Vladimir Putin’s political assault on Europe has been a meticulously worked plan which has been catalysed by Trump’s commandeering of the White House. Since assuming office in 1999, Putin has led the country with a clear vision of restoring Russia’s Soviet stature. If Russia’s recent actions are any indication of their progress than its safe […]

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The MFF Negotiations: Has Rutte Made a Frugal Fool of Himself?

Photo: Dutch PM Mark Rutte © Stephanie Lecocq/Pool/AP Last month, the European Council finally managed, to agree on Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), outlining the EU’s long-term budget from 2021 until 2027. The highest budget in the EU’s history came, with the ability of the Union, to raise its own funds. It is undoubtedly a cause […]

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Bicycle Lanes and Dividing Lines: The Untold Stories of the EU’s Urban Transformation

The past couple of months have seen a flurry of enthusiastic articles on the green revolution in Europe’s cities. A somewhat idealized story of a change spearheaded by civil society, demanded by the people and implemented by local authorities as part of a larger European agenda. We have indeed witnessed pollution levels drop across the […]

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New Voices For a New Europe?

They say to keep doing something over and over again but expecting different results is a sign of madness. So how can we expect Europe to really progress if we keep inviting the same people to the table, making the same old empty statements about “progress” and “unity” but without really making any action to […]

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Predicting Populism in Europe: A 5-Year Forecast

The European Union’s management of populist pivot countries, Poland and Hungary, offers a thought experiment for the future. Forecasting is a sought-after area of expertise in the world of international relations. Here’s one easy method to produce two scenarios on how events in Poland and Hungary influence the EU’s management of populism throughout Europe: Section […]