• 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...

By: Neil Dullaghan      “Economic immigration is a bad thing for Europe . . . We have to fight to change the rules in Brussels and not let unworldly rules be forced upon us”....

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By: Niels Goet Follow @NielsGoet     British politicians like to talk, and they like to do so even more when they can expect their remarks to be broadcast to the wider public. True, some...

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By: Mateo Mazzini (guest contributor) Mateo Mazzini is a freelance journalist and political analyst. He holds an M.Sc. in Latin American Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Follow him on Twitter.   To hardly anyone’s surprise,...

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By: Emily Tamkin Follow @emilyctamkin     Last week, Russia’s state Duma ratified an alliance treaty with the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia (President Putin had signed the treaty back in November). It also plans...

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By: Klara Ovcackova (guest contributor) Klara Ovcackova is an undergraduate student of European politics at King’s College London   “I want to be the President of all citizens, regardless of their political views,” stated the...

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By: Smaranda Predescu     The recent protests taking place in German cities such as Dresden, Cologne, Munich, Berlin and Leipzig have been widely discussed. However, there seems to be an overarching agreement on their illegitimacy,...

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Addressing Global and European Challenges: Angela Merkel

Gender Culture in Unified Germany

January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sarah Glatte is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Broadly, her dissertation investigates gender gaps in political participation in unified Germany. Sarah recently won the...

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Letter from the Editors

January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Reader, If this is your first time to the site—welcome to EUSpeak! If you have been here before—welcome back, and please skip to paragraph three. EUSpeak was established two years ago by a devastatingly...

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President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy welcomes Mr. David Cameron, UK Prime Minister at the European Council, 18 November 2011 (photo credit- Council of the European Union, Creative Commons)

Europe’s Protestant Problem

October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Brent F. Nelsen and James L. Guth (guest contributors) Brent F. Nelsen and James L. Guth are professors of political science at Furman University. Their forthcoming book is Religion and the Struggle for European...

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By: Aiko Morii       It is still not clear who will succeed Catherine Ashton as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR). The leaders of the...

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