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NATO - Europe Should Put Its Money Where Donald Trump’s Mouth Is

NATO – Europe Should Put Its Money Where Donald Trump’s Mouth Is

There has been little to cheer about in the corridors of SHAPE, NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, for the past few years. The threat from the Islamic State, a resurgent Russia and stagnating defence budgets have given the alliance much to confront, with an increasingly strained stockpile of resources. The collective sense of dread has only...
In Defence of Free Trade

In Defence of Free Trade

The march towards free trade has been strong and steady since the end of World War II. The removal of tariffs and non-tariff barriers were seen as an increasingly desirable way to encourage countries to cooperate and to develop new economic opportunities. Indeed, the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), comprising West...
Brexit, Brussels and Bratislava: Bracing for Europe’s turbulent future

Brexit, Brussels and Bratislava: Bracing for Europe’s turbulent future

The European Union is in dire straights. The organisation, once a beacon of aspiration and bastion of the unassailability of western liberal values, has suffered repeated blows to its reputation. A stagnant economy and an inability to deal robustly with migration has led voters to question the value of the European project, a sense compounded...