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Europe Politics

Labeled a model for the EU, Ireland goes to the polls

The next Irish general election will probably see the current leader re-elected. But the potential for intense coalition negotiations is here and Ireland is set to move slightly away from

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

ASEAN Summit in California. Fed bankers speak. Brussels Summit covers Brexit and refugees. Uganda’s elections to continue decades of rule. U.S. campaigns heat up. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. ASEAN

Europe Politics

Italy’s risky outlook for 2016

The gap is widening between Rome and Brussels. The reasons are both diverging interests and increasing domestic pressure on the government. But how far will this fight go in 2016?

Europe Politics

Poland challenges EU values, but don’t expect sanctions

The European Union is initiating action against Warsaw’s recent breach of the rule of law. Brussels is unlikely to sanction the Polish government, but this clash reflects growing disparities between

Europe Technology and infrastructure

EU poised to adopt world’s most stringent data laws

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will impose a new legal framework providing citizens of member states with a high level of protection of personal data. Given the requirements to

Europe Security

The Cost of Terror in Brussels

Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, is experiencing some immediate economic effects resulting from recent terror threats in 2015. This city’s experience may prove to be a

Economics Europe

The slow and bumpy road to reform in France

France’s Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron, has fought hard for reforms. But the reform bill currently debated in the French parliament, despite moving in the right direction, will be of

Europe Politics

Rise of radical parties challenges eurozone efficiency

In recent years, the new radical right’s political discourse has attracted voters across Europe and experienced a substantial increase in electoral support. Unlike radical right parties throughout history, the ‘new’ radical

Europe Natural resources and energy

Energy still contentious issue between Moscow and West

With European efforts to diversify its energy sources and reduce dependency on Russia, the conflict over energy is likely to spread beyond Ukraine. The fragile ceasefire and negotiations between Ukraine

Europe Politics

Iceland weighs benefits of adopting euro in midst of recovery

Iceland has been recovering from its financial crisis of late 2008. What does this mean for the future possibilities of Iceland’s accession to the European Union? After taking office in