Greece: Mapping a Path Forward

Greece has, for the first time, completed its obligations promptly, thus paving a path for a successful completion of its third, ESM (European Stability Mechanism) – backed programme in August 2018. Although the conclusion of the third review still requires the timely implementation of a difficult set of prior actions, both the Greek government and […]

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The Fall of the Great Distractor?

Donald Trump built his popularity by skilfully shaping public discussion with his scandalous tweets. But after Michael Flynn’s arrest it’s clear that the president’s favourite weapon – which was instrumental in winning the presidency – may also bring him down. ‘It must be horrible to cover American politics now’, a renowned British journalist and a […]

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Brexit Stumbles On

As the mid-December EU summit looms, the UK government has apparently agreed to increase its financial offer with the aim of unlocking trade and transition talks. Theresa May can barely hold her divided and fractious cabinet together, let alone her backbench MPs, and indicators of growing economic damage are mounting. But while the Labour opposition […]

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What next for Turkey-German-EU Relations?

Over the last few months German-Turkish relations have reached an all-time low. Hopes that relations could improve after German federal elections on 24th September seem little more than wishful thinking. Serious damage has been done and it won’t be easily repaired. The situation has been further complicated by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s CDU getting its […]

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A Summer Dream Turned into a Nightmare for Migrants Waiting to Cross the Mediterranean

The tide of migrants mainly from African countries (Nigeria, Guinea, Eritrea and Mali) showed little signs of abating during the summer break. Italy, which is on the front line was bearing the brunt of receiving, fingerprinting and processing claims of people whose lives sometimes hang by a thread during the risky sea crossing. The pressure […]

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