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The state of play In early 2017, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called onto the international community to rethink its approach to peace and security. He deplored that far more time and resources are spent responding to crises rather than preventing them, and he encouraged world leaders to step up preventive action. Pointing out the… » read more

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The EU and Japan are set to agree a landmark trade deal that will see barriers lowered on almost all tradable goods between them. With the backdrop of Trump protectionism, this deal would serve as an affirmation of the inherent benefits of free trade-if it gets signed. Though all indications suggest a thumbs up for… » read more

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In this week’s News brief we discuss the recent development in regards to Brexit… will there be a breakthrough in the negotiations? You are busy during the week, but don’t want to miss out on Eurpean affairs? Then sign up for our News Brief now! Brexit Breakthrough This week the news broke that a possible… » read more

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This week, we discuss the break down of the German coalition talks. Our populist watch zooms in at the newest party in the German Bundestag: the ‘Alternative für Deutschland’. Want to discuss how to curb Populism? Make sure to register for our presentation event in Brussels on the 13th of December! Mutti Merkel: Make it… » read more

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After the victory the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) during the Austrian Elections, Sebastian Kurz was asked by President Alexander van der Bellen to start coalition talks. Though widely criticized, but nevertheless not totally unexpected, Kurz started talks with Austria’s far right Freedom Party (FPÖ). The far-right party became third-strongest party. First analyses suggested voters had… » read more

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This week, we look at major agreements reached in European defence and the European Social Pillar. Our Populist Watch explores the links between Russia, Populism and the Cyber threat. You are busy during the week, but don’t want to miss out on Eurpean affairs? Then sign up for our News Brief now! Leaping Forwards: the… » read more

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German Elections took place almost a month ago as Angela Merkel (CDU), aiming for her fourth term as German Chancellor, was challenged by former European Parliament President Martin Schulz (SPD). Results resulted in some surprise, an unprecedented option for government coalition, and internal struggles and disagreements in almost all parties. The first rounds of coalition… » read more

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In times of Brexit, a look at why Macron succeeded in imposing his brand of political centrism, where the Liberal Democrats failed. Emmanuel Macron was elected in 2017 and no-one was surprised. Unlike the labyrinth that was 2016, France turned away from hysterical populism and shock horror election results. Tactically or otherwise (twenty six million… » read more

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