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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When Two Worlds Don’t Collide – Trump in Poland and the Phenomenon of Parallel Universes

Trump’s supporters and opponents live in entirely separate universes where the same facts somehow have opposite meanings. No more than a fortnight ago Donald Trump was welcomed in Poland with great pomp, declared a great statesman and… one of the few remaining defenders of Western civilisation. This process of Trump’s ‘normalisation’ was truly astounding. It […]

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