Post Tagged with: "European Union"

Macron Meets Merkel, German Elections and European Reaction

Macron Meets Merkel, German Elections and European Reaction

Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as the new President of France on Sunday, as Europe prepares for a new Franco-German partnership to strengthen the Union. With Berlin as the new President’s first destination as head of state, Macron’s intentions are clear: get support from Europe’s most powerful leader for Union-wide reforms on areas such as labour reforms, unemployment insurance and bond […]

by · 15th May 2017 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
President Trump greets a crowd in Orlando, Florida.

What Defines a Populist Movement?

Populism is difficult to define because those who cloak themselves in its meaning and those who oppose it often invent their own definitions that suit their own causes. William Jennings Bryan, a Democratic nominee for President several times at the turn of the 20th century, claimed to be a populist because he wanted the US Government to peg the dollar […]

by · 15th March 2017 · US Politics, Blog
A Tale of Two Votes: Different Messages from Austria and Italy

A Tale of Two Votes: Different Messages from Austria and Italy

Yesterday, Austrians and Italians headed to the polls for two different reasons. Austrians were voting in the run-off election to elect their next President. The choice was between Independent candidate and former Green Party and university economics professor politician Alexander Van der Bellen, and far-right Freedom Party leader Norbert Hofer who led a populist revival on the issues of immigration, […]

by · 5th December 2016 · Blog
The EU and Canada Will Sign CETA Tomorrow- an Important Win for Europe

The EU and Canada Will Sign CETA Tomorrow- an Important Win for Europe

The European Union has been in need of some good news for a long, long time. Between the debt crisis, refugee crisis, Brexit and the insurgency in Ukraine, the EU hasn’t had it easy for a while. It looks as though the US-EU trade agreement, TTIP, is doomed for failure no matter who wins the Presidential election on 8 November, […]

by · 29th October 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Colombian opposition led by former President Alvaro Uribe march to protest against President Juan Manuel Santos' government and denounce concessions they have made in peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,  in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

When Governments Abdicate Their Responsibilty, Chaos Ensues

What is a referendum? A referendum is a single-issue vote by which the state delineates decision making on a controversial issue to the people. In the past year, we’ve seen two issues which have long divided nations come to a head at the ballot box, and the results have been a disaster. Last week, the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, […]

by · 5th October 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
What the State Elections Mean for Merkel

What the State Elections Mean for Merkel

Sunday’s elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were a resounding defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) — in her home state no less. Coalition partners Social Democratic Party (SPD) topped the election results, whilst the far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) beat the CDU into second place. Quite the embarrassing finish for a Chancellor who has been in power since 2005 and is […]

by · 8th September 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
Brexit Negotiations Will be Arduous, Complex and (Possibly) Ugly

Brexit Negotiations Will be Arduous, Complex and (Possibly) Ugly

Last night, in a stunning gesture, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, of which it has been a member for 43 years. In a closely contested referendum of passion and rigourous debate, ‘Brexiteers’ carried the day, beginning a process of withdrawal that has never been experienced before in the bloc’s history. Henceforth, the United Kingdom will enter […]

by · 24th June 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Immigration And Border Control Will Be A Key Issue In General Election

Immigration And Border Control Will Be A Key Issue In General Election

Immigration is one of the most important issues facing Britain today. Despite some significant changes by the Government to address the issue, it still continues to be of growing concern to vast numbers of the UK electorate. This chapter provides a brief overview of current immigration policy in the United Kingdom. The chapter then outlines the salience of immigration as […]

by · 27th March 2015 · Blog