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Europe Politics

Yellow Vests and the threat to Macron’s Presidency

Protesters labelled the ‘yellow vests’ have challenged the fuel tax policy put forth by President Macron, resulting in riots and violence. What is the outlook in the near term?

Europe Security

A true European army is coming

French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent call for the creation of a ‘true European army’ was echoed in dramatic fashion by German chancellor Angela Merkel in mid-November and has brought the debate over a shared European military back into the public eye. This may mark a watershed moment in European politics.

Insights

The Munich Security Conference – to the brink

The theme of the Munich Security Conference this year was “To the Brink – and Back?” Amid a decline in US diplomatic leadership, and with no clear European successor, the conference failed to reassure those concerned by heightened inter-state tension. 

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.

Europe Security

New French anti-terror law will only be partially effective

The new anti-terrorism law, if arbitrarily applied, could have the perverse effect of increasing radicalization and is unlikely to stem small-scale attacks.

Europe Security

Sweden’s air-defense system is due for a major upgrade

Sweden’s outdated air-defense system spurs fierce competition over a billion-dollar contract, signaling growing security concerns.

Europe Politics

The dangers of Europe’s failure to defend democracy

Europe is increasingly holding back when faced with clear violators of democratic norms, from the far-flung DRC to neighbouring countries like Turkey. The ramifications end up jeopardising Europe’s own security. Earlier

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Space launch vehicles and rockets, sanctions and agreements: The issue of compliance

The relationship between Iran and the US appears to be evolving within a framework of political posturing and an international governance system.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy The Energy Briefing

The Energy Briefing: Implications of Iran gas deal with France’s Total

Iran has concluded a $5.9 billion deal with a consortium led by French Total, a victory for Hassan Rouhani’s administration and even prospective investors.