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Europe at a French crossroads?

24 May 2017

In this guest blog, Tony Kinsella, former Irish Times columnist examines Emmanuel Macron’s ascent to the French Presidency, and discusses the prospects of his party in the upcoming legislative elections.

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Germany Brief – Issue 2 May 2017

24 May 2017

This edition of the Germany Brief examines the outcomes of the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, recent party conferences and the ongoing tensions with Turkey.

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Chaos of fake news a reminder of the risks of technological progress

17 May 2017

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 As society grapples with the ever-increasing reach of digital technologies, the chaotic state of the news industry may come to be seen as the canary in the digital coalmine. 

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Europol’s New Mandate

03 May 2017

On 1 May 2017, a new Europol regulation came into force which establishes Europol as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, updating their capabilities to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime. 

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Germany Brief - Issue 1

18 Apr 2017

This first issue of the Germany Brief examines developments in German party politics, particularly with regard to the Social Democratic Party’s reshuffle and the impact that the candidacy of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz for the chancellorship has had.

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A new dynamic? The European Parliament's role in the implementation of Article 50

05 Apr 2017

Today, Wednesday, 5 April 2017, the European Parliament voted to approve a resolution on the UK’s EU withdrawal negotiations and the subsequent future relationship with the EU. This blog examines the key points of the resolution, including the European Parliament’s role in the implementation of the withdrawal process as defined under Article 50, and  the Irish concerns in the negotiations.

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The Commission White Paper on Europe’s Future

02 Mar 2017

On Wednesday 1 March 2017, the European Commission released its White Paper on the Future of Europe. This blog explains the content of the White Paper, noting the five scenarios for the future of the European Union.

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An Anchor of Hope in Stormy Times

13 Feb 2017

In a speech on Sunday, Germany’s next president outlined his vision for the country’s future.

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A Rubber Stamp of Some Consequence: Germany Elects Its Twelfth President

10 Feb 2017

 

This blog discusses the process and implications of the German Presidential election on Sunday 12 February 2017

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Musings in the Mediterranean – The Valletta Summit

07 Feb 2017

The Valletta Summit brought EU leaders together with the principle aim of discussing new measures to strengthen cooperation with Libya and to close the central Mediterranean migration route.

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Brexit, the Good Friday Agreement and the European Convention on Human Rights

09 Jan 2017

 

The centrality of the ECHR to the Good Friday Agreement requires future interactions between Dublin and Westminster to consider the UK Government’s intention to change the UK’s legal relationship with the Convention.

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Bratislava to Rome

14 Dec 2016

The leaders of the European Union 27 (EU27) - minus the UK - met in Bratislava on 16 September. The summit addressed the root causes of the political problems of the European Union, recognising the insecurity felt by many Europeans and their fears about migration, terrorism and the economic and social future. Donald Tusk declared after the talks that there was agreement that the European Union “is the best instrument we have” to tackle certain problems, despite its imperfections. 

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