Desires for a safer, cleaner world trump fear

The decision by Donald Trump on 1st June to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement rocked world news. Global leaders quickly reacted with strong public messages and civil society was keen to show its disappointment. However it was something he had always said he would do during his campaign, so should...
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Desires for a safer, cleaner world trump fear The decision by Donald Trump on 1st June to pull the US out of...
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Serbian Elections: Victory of Regional (In)stability Despite being seen as a pro-EU leader and a factor of regional stability during...
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Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed...
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There are only anachronisms in today’s world A common criticism of the European technocrats is that they live in their own...
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The Great Call of China A plethora of heads of state, over 1000 delegates and a carefully choreographed two-day...
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Europe’s fiscal balancing act The European Union’s lack of fiscal harmonisation is one of its Achilles’ heels and...
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Abortion politics and new pro-natalism in Turkey Since the 1960s, European countries have experienced a significant decline in fertility rates, which...
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The autocrat’s new clothes The outcome of the April 16 referendum in Turkey ushers in one of the...
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A Troubled Outlook for the Country and Its Transatlantic Partnerships Turkey’s April 16th referendum confirmed and extended the sweeping powers President Erdoğan had already...
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A European post-referendum “no” to authoritarianism The 16th of April will be remembered as a momentous date in Turkey’s modern...
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How the EU can regain credibility and support Turkey’s democrats “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, the European Union has opened its door to Turkey,” European...
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Europe is not a Foreign Affair! Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique...
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WiFi4EU: One step forward, two steps back? Internet connectivity is a key driver of social empowerment and an essential precondition for...
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Making Europe Great Again: The progressive way As we approach the celebration of the EU’s 60th birthday, the European project has...
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Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: The revival of European Interests? On 25 March Rome will host representatives from the 28 member states as they...
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Peace And Democracy In Europe Since 1957 On 25 March 1957, six Western European countries started the process of European integration...
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The World’s First Transnational Democracy The Treaty of Rome was born in a time of deep crisis. After failed...
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The next steps Headlines in Britain have for months been full of Brexit. But even as Theresa...
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The final straw “Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU...
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The French National Front and Lebanon Whilst the role of the European Union on an international level is being questioned...
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Trump-Italy: no special relationship Now that we can confirm that Donald Trump is serious, and that he is...
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Five Scenarios For Europe But No Clear Positioning On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’...
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A Treaty to celebrate with ambivalence Whilst the turn of century witnessed the unprecedented march of nations towards democracy, starting...
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Three aspects could make Finland’s upcoming contest more interesting than usual First, it has been almost two years since the last general elections of any...
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Brexit Negotiations: Why the European Union has no room for concessions The exit of Great Britain from the European Union is taking shape. At the...
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From the frying pan into the fire. Migration: after Turkey, the EU turns to Libya About one year ago, the attention of the EU focused, as far as the...
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Brexit becomes reality For pro-Europeans in Britain the last six months have been devastating. For a while,...
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Brexit: a fiasco and an opportunity A hard Brexit will ultimately damage both the UK and the EU. But for...
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Si vis pacem, para bellum? In the context of an ever more dangerous geopolitical environment, a stronger and more...
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Ones to watch: Bohuslav Sobotka What were your main motivations to start a political career? When the Velvet Revolution...
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The Sorcerer and the Apprentice? Geert Wilders in the Wake of Trump’s Victory Donald Trump’s shock victory in the US presidential elections has led to an explosion...
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Donald Trump and the Transatlantic Alliance Trump’s view of allies and trade represents an existential threat to the transatlantic alliance....
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Views from Brazil The European Union has traditionally been perceived as a force for progress and enlightenment...
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Millennials and peace in a globalised world “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was...
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Trump’s Victory: Some Lessons for European Progressives Trump’s unexpected victory has sent shockwaves across Europe. It’s a sort of Brexit on...
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The internet and the second era of democracy The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in...
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Is President Trump a geopolitical opportunity for India? The changes in the web of international relations brought about by the new president...
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Counter-Media Culture – politically decisive in the US and in Austria? Across Western democracies, right-wing groups are following similar media strategies, claiming to be alternative...
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Primaries: the ideal way to choose a leader? Primaries have become widespread across Europe, including in countries that do not have a...
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A wake-up call for Europe Donald Trump’s triumph is like shock therapy for European (and global) progressive forces. Who...
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The helplessness of the left allows the triumph of the right Five hypotheses on the election of Donald Trump: I. The response to the election...
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The Anti-Establishment Challenge for Social Democratic Parties The anger felt towards the political class in advanced industrial democracies by large parts...
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When the forgotten strike back “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Thus...
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Views from India After a decade of mutual probing, India and the European Union (EU) seem finally...
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The global order and the future of American influence Trump’s victory suggests that many US voters feel disaffected with globalisation. But the USA...
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Feminist Foreign Policy: Rights, Representation and Resources Swedish feminist foreign policy integrates gender perspectives holistically, through three important ‘R’s – Rights,...
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Trump, a symbol of populism Identity politics, nationalist slogans, spreading fear of the other, portraying foreigners as a threat,...
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Austrian progressives can breathe a brief sigh of relief, but the real fight has only just begun The far right winning 46.2 per cent of the vote in Austria’s presidential election...
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Soft Power – the DNA of the European Union As an epitome of soft power, the EU is often conceived as a role...
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“We are lacking pathfinders” French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin interviewed in The Progressive Post  In the introduction...
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Overviewing Mosul   The legal, political and military elements of the developments that are taking place...
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Foreign policy: No longer a subject of division? Interview with Nathalie Tocci, special advisor to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, by Alain...
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A modern left The left can be many things. But if it does not adapt to the...
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The 2016 US Election: looking back and the way forward This one hurts. A lot. As regular readers of this newsletter know, I was...
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The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters America is still in shock—both...
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FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 20-21 October 2016   European leaders met in Brussels last week (20-21 October) to discuss the many...
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A Wider Perspective on the 2016 US Election As this is the last pre-election edition of this Newsletter, it is worth spending...
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On the Campaign Trail American presidential politics has crossed a Rubicon. In the span of 48 hours, the...
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A Progressive Policy for our Neighbourhoods United in Diversity It is a paradox that our European Union, so scorned from within, especially by...
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Trade requires rules Globalisation is not a destiny to which we must yield without question. It can...
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On the Campaign Trail The 2016 US presidential campaign has entered the home stretch with Hillary Clinton holding...
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US Elections: The Post-Policy Campaign One thing about this election campaign is clear: the policy positions of the candidates...
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Reflections on Brexit – Implications for the Future of Europe The outcome of the UK vote on its membership of the European Union is...
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The Impact of the British Referendum on European Affairs The decision undertaken by British voters to leave the European Union will soon produce...
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Keep Calm and Rewrite the Rules of the European Union The negative result of the UK-EU Referendum is the biggest signal for leaders to...
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EU Referendum Puts Britain’s Importance in India at Risk A potential Brexit will not really impact Britain’s relations with India. But it could...
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EU Referendum: A Moment of Confounding Significance An ‘in-out’ referendum on UK membership of the European Union in 2016 could fall...
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EU Referendum: Übermensch Escapism, and Anglo-American-European Solidarity Someday we ought to make a list of those great debates that serve as...
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The EU Referendum and Why China is Concerned About It For the Chinese media, President Xi’s forthcoming visit to Britain is the biggest concern,...
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Better in than Out: A Catalonian Point of View Citizens of the United Kingdom will be asked to decide whether or not the...
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Europe and the Future of the United Kingdom The issue of the United Kingdom’s place in the European Union has become deeply...
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Why Corbyn’s Election has European implications – Irish Perspective When asked about the impact of the 1789 French Revolution by President Nixon in...
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The use of Direct Democracy in the European Union All EU countries are able to hold referenda, but practice varies considerably, depending on...
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Britain – The “Awkward” Partner The debate over Britain’s relationship with the EU is not new. Britain has been...
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The United Kingdom is Losing Influence in Brussels I am not a prophet and I am not in the position to anticipate...
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The EU Referendum and the United Kingdom’s Migration Policy At a time of political turmoil in the United Kingdom with the election of...
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A Europe that Dares Rosetta is Europe’s Apollo programme. The Rosetta mission was launched in 2004 with the...
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The Challenges of United Nations Reform and the European Union’s Role “The Charter of the United Nations is a solid structure upon which we can...
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An Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis Both the UNHCR and Amnesty international have deplored the thousands of deaths of people...
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Ukraine: A mid-crisis assesment The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The country is chartering unknown and...
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New trade agreements: A threat to democracy The proposed new trade agreements, the TPP for the Pacific region and the proposed...
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Post Democracy: the challenge for Europe Changes in society, the economy and class identities are creating a ‘post-democracy’ in Europe,...