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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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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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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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Dutch parties finally form a government – What do 89ers think about it? On March 15, 208 days ago, the Dutch went to the polls – an election perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. The last week finally brought a coalition agreement. Back then three 89ers shared their political experience, thoughts… » read more

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The EU as a ‘normative power’ is delusional, writes Emilie Naulot. Using the example of the diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, this article argues that when economic and security interests are at stake, ideological pretensions tend to be left aside. Indeed, Taiwan ticks all the boxes to be considered as a sovereign nation-state and exhibits good… » read more

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Written by Adela Alexandra Iacoboc, Content Officer (Politics & Institutions) Last Saturday, on the 25th of March, Europe was celebrating 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the EU’s founding treaty officially establishing the European Economic Community. The Treaty of Rome enshrined into law the foundation of the European project, which brought… » read more

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In less than a week, Article 50 will be triggered by the UK. On the same day of this announcement, the European Parliament Research Service published for the first time a document that reflects some of the thinking of inside the EU. Barbara Aubin, Head of Content at the 1989 Generation Initiative, explains why the… » read more

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