Turkey has, for unfortunate reasons, been covered extensively in the news over the past weeks. There appears to be consensus in Europe that neither political coups, nor subsequent mass repression, are acceptable. Moreover, the crackdown after 15th July is only the last item on a long list of measures taken over the past years which […]
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Can and should NATO learn from the EU? When a group within the Turkish military attempted a coup to overthrow the current government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) last Friday, the world knew that chaotic times will be ahead. This was however not the first coup […]
What have Brexit and England in the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in common? Defeat for some, happiness for others. What have David Cameron and Roy Hodgson in common? A sad resignation for some, the beginning of a new era for others. Having a crucial referendum and an important football match within just a few days […]
On 6 April Dutch citizens can cast their vote on the Association Agreement (AA) between the EU and Ukraine. The referendum has been at the centre of the public debate over the past couple of months for a number of reasons. First, the referendum is the first organised under a new referendum law. Second, Ukraine […]
Most of the current discussions on the possible ‘Brexit’ — the United Kingdom leaving the European Union — are concerned with issues of the Eurozone and its economic implications, the ongoing migration and refugee crisis, and the potential economic, political and social consequences for the UK in case of leaving the EU. What has been […]
The first week in office of the new Polish government seems to indicate that the worst concerns about the country’s potential ‘Orbanisation’ might even have been overly optimistic. Despite initial commentaries cautioning against alarmism the new government has so far managed to make Poles wake up to drastic political manoeuvres on an almost daily basis. […]
Hollande’s choice to invoke Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty is unusual, not least because of the novelty in making use of the Article. The choice, however, is rather deliberate. Firstly, President Hollande was no doubt presented with the possibility to invoke Article 222 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is the so-called ‘solidarity clause’ which, […]
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