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Security risks at the FIFA 2018 World Cup

Russia will host the FIFA 2018 World Cup between 13 June and 16 July, and given the recent foiled plot in St Petersburg, security risks will be a top priority. Sporting events will take place in 11 cities and thousands of foreign visitors are expected to travel to Russia.

Europe Finance

European competition commission builds cases against tech firms

In a number of digital trade sectors, the preeminent forces are major U.S. firms—from “traditional” firms making consumer electronics to dedicated providers of digital services, including those involving internet search, entertainment, social media, and cloud computing.

Economics Europe

5 reasons Russia’s banking system is heading for trouble

The bailout of two Russian banks will cost the country billions, reduce confidence in its financial system, and may be a sign of more trouble to come.

Europe Security

The EU’s Eastern partnership summit: pragmatism and realpolitik

On 24 November, the 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit took place in Brussels. Security issues dominated the summit, while EU membership was off the table.

Europe Politics

2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

As Macron pushes forward additional socio-economic reforms, the French head-of-state will face substantial challenges in 2018.

Europe Security

The Islamic State threat to Europe’s Christmas season

The Islamic State’s threats to the Christmas season highlight the organisation’s intent to hit major public events and remain active in Europe.

Debate Corner Economics Europe

Will EU divisions delay Nord Stream 2?

A recent proposal from the European Commission to amend gas market regulations seems targeted at Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Europe is increasingly divided on the benefits of the project. GRI asks: Will Russia’s economic ambitions be stymied by European opposition?

Economics Europe Natural resources and energy

EU divisions and US sanctions to delay Nord Stream 2

Under pressure from US sanctions, legislation in Denmark, and weakening support in Germany, Nord Stream 2 will likely be significantly delayed.

Economics Europe

Why Nord Stream 2 will go ahead despite opposition

Opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be outweighed by existing investments, economic benefits, and the backing of major European powers.

Europe Politics

What Game Theory can teach us about the Catalonia crisis

Game theory can help explain why the crisis between Catalonia and Spain is unlikely to go away anytime soon.