Europe & Russia

  • Between Russia and a hard place: The effect of sanctions on Europe

    August 16, 2017

    On 2 August, U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its alleged interference in the U.S. elections, as well as its activities in Ukraine. The European Union (E.U.) institutions oppose the new sanctions and fear for Europe’s energy security.

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  • Case Study: Illiberal democracy versus open society in Hungary

    July 20, 2017

    The saga of the Central European University in Hungary will have a lasting impact on domestic politics.

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  • SPAIN: Catalan independence calls unlikely to materialise but could increase security risk

    June 23, 2017

    Catalonian independence calls intensified in early June. This came after Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Generalitat – the regional government of the north-eastern autonomous community of Catalonia – unilaterally called on the Catalan electorate to vote in an independence referendum on 1 October, making good on his election promise from last year.

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  • Election Watch: Britain’s election increases ‘hard Brexit’ risks

    June 16, 2017

    Contrary to media claims that Britain’s hung parliament improves the chances for retaining much of the status quo in terms of the country’s relationship with the European Union, A2 finds that it instead empowers British regional interests who will resist easy compromises.

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  • Emmanuel Macron’s uphill struggle

    May 19, 2017

    On 7 May, Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential elections, winning 66 per cent of the votes in the second round of elections, against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34 per cent. In a symbolic move, he chose to celebrate his victory outside the Louvre, a world-famous museum in the capital Paris, as opposed to Place de la Concorde ...

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