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European Union: Renaissance or Sturm und Drang

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a European Renaissance. This article examines the potential business risks this proposal portends for foreign investors.

Europe Politics

France and Italy: Growing tensions in Europe

France recalled its ambassador to Rome this month, for the first time since 1940, in a move which exemplifies a deepening diplomatic rift with Italy. Discord has been rumbling for months. This article explains why recent relations have become strained and how they could play out during 2019.

Europe Politics

America done, Europe to go: What 2019 elections have in store for the EU’s future

With American elections finished, the European Union finds itself in a brightening electoral spotlight. Broad forces impacting continental politics, when viewed through a domestic lens in key countries, offer clues to what the European Parliament could look like after Europe heads to the polls in May.

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.

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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.