• 16 2015 June

    The G7 Failed to Address Russia Because Russia Was Missing

    By: Smaranda Predescu     The last G7 summit in Schloss Elmau was hailed a success for tackling climate change, but it cannot claim the same glory for its approach to Russia. Unceremoniously uninvited and shamed...

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    28 2015 May

    Looking at the Grey Zone in Russia

    Katerina Tertytchnaya is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation, generally, examines hybrid political regimes in Russia. Below, Katerina talks with us about her research.   What is...

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    21 2015 May

    Things That Everybody Should Know: A Review of Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared

    By: Emily Tamkin Follow @emilyctamkin     I learnt of Finnish-Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen last month because I came across Luke Harding’s Guardian profile of her, written in anticipation of the UK publication of her...

  • 07 2015 May

    The Battle for the History of World War II

    By: Emily Tamkin Follow @emilyctamkin     This weekend marks the seventieth anniversary of what is known in Russia as Victory Day, elsewhere on the continent as Europe Day, and in the United States as...

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    20 2015 April

    Can We Trust Politicians to Do Anything?

    By: Cameron Westwood Follow @CameronWestwood   One word being bandied about a lot in the current election campaign is ‘trust’. Ed Balls recently said, ‘don’t trust Tories on VAT after election’; The Sunday Express told us...

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The pro-European consensus of German politics

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Frederick Richters Follow @Fred_Richters      “German taxpayers have become more critical of what their leaders are doing and the political class cannot ignore that development.”   Germany’s post-war political identity has primarily been...

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Brexit? What to Make of David Cameron’s Speech

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Niels Goet Follow @NielsGoet   David Cameron’s “thrilling” last week on Britain’s relationship with the European Union caused quite a stir. Highly anticipated, delayed for a week, and ultimately pronounced in London instead of...

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Where has it all gone wrong for Monsieur Normal?

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Robin Harskin     On May 6th 2012 François Hollande was elected French President. He beat Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of voting by 51.6% to 48.4%, thus becoming the first challenger to...

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By: Niels Goet Follow @NielsGoet   When the European External Action Service (EEAS) was launched in 2010, the European Council decided that a review on the organisation and functioning of the EEAS should be submitted...

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