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  • The Brief, powered by BP – ’tis the season of ill-will

    Brexit 30-10-2019

    As UK lawmakers rejected the proposal for an early election three times in a month, only to suddenly change their minds this week, it is tempting to ask: what changed? The answer is in the numbers. When the Liberal Democrats and …

  • The Brief, powered by BP – Cruel Father Time

    Politics 29-10-2019

    Daylight savings time was meant to be a thing of the past, yet on Sunday we were all still fumbling with knobs and dials. A new Commission was also meant to take office later this week but that is not going to happen either. Time truly is a cruel master.

  • The Brief, powered by BP – Resurrection

    Elections 28-10-2019

    The much unloved grand coalition in Germany has succeeded in spite of itself what Emmanuel Macron achieved so masterfully in France in 2017: hammering the last nails into the coffins of the traditional parties.

  • The Brief – A question of the third type

    Future EU 25-10-2019

    The European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as the next Commission President by a paper-thin majority in July. The outgoing president, Jean-Claude Juncker, made the shocking revelation in an interview published today that she would not have passed if he hadn’t spoken to “his old pals” from the Socialist and Liberal groups.

  • The Brief – Balkanic optimism

    Enlargement 24-10-2019

    The rollercoaster that is the Western Balkans is (almost) as unpredictable as the Brexit saga. Last week, the region's prospects appeared in the doldrums and there was little chance of a reversal of fortunes soon. Take a step back though and there is hope to be had.

  • The Brief – How to (not) deal with rogue nations

    Global Europe 23-10-2019

    In Russia’s southern city of Sochi, just hours before a ceasefire deadline - a signal for Turkey to restart its assault on Northeast Syria - Erdogan and Putin trashed out a last-minute deal to ensure Kurdish forces withdraw from areas close to the Syrian border.

  • The Brief – The curious case of the missing fund

    Energy & Environment 22-10-2019

    Last week’s EU summit devoted a paltry 10 minutes to climate change, as Brexit and enlargement dominated proceedings. But there was enough time for a little bit of intrigue: where did the Just Transition Fund go?

  • The Brief – Definitely maybe Brexit

    Politics 21-10-2019

    It is perhaps fitting that a Brexit process that has made a celebrity out of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow should end with a final procedural fight to the death.

  • The Brief, powered by EK – No turkey please, we’re vegetarians


    Believe it or not, EU leaders didn’t discuss Turkey's war adventure in Syria at the two-day summit. War crimes are allegedly being committed by the Turkish army, ethnic cleansing is ongoing (obviously), but the leaders looked the other way. They adopted …

  • The Brief, powered by TIF – Johnson’s coup

    Brexit 17-10-2019

    Boris Johnson is naturally a cheery individual, but he truly had every reason to smile on Thursday. First, he secured a Brexit deal that even a week ago nobody thought he could. Then he got Jean-Claude Juncker to do his …

  • The Brief, powered by EK – The Macronian Candidate

    Politics 16-10-2019

    If a sleeper agent trained by a hostile foreign power were to infiltrate the EU's structures of power, with the aim of launching subtle acts of sabotage, could they hope to do much better than what Emmanuel Macron is doing at the moment?

  • The Brief, powered by TIF – A new dialogue with Catalonia

    Justice & Home Affairs 15-10-2019

    After years of dealing with the Catalan issue by judiciary means, the verdict in the trial of the regional separatist leaders should bring a new opportunity for political dialogue. But staunch positions and the social fracture require time and courage, …

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