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Europe Politics

Why is there a Brexit flare-up over Gibraltar?

During the United Kingdom’s negotiations of leaving the European Union, questions about Gibraltar have often been superseded by concerns about the Northern Irish border and its backstop agreement. Why have tensions suddenly flared in recent weeks and what does it mean for the Brexit process?

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Can Spain’s new government resolve the issue of Catalan independence?

Spain’s new Socialist-led government has adopted a more diplomatic approach to the question of Catalan independence, but is defiant that Spanish unity will not be compromised. How will this strategy balance out and affect the political landscape in Catalonia and across Spain?

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 3-9 June 2018

The G7 meets in Canada as EU and North America struggle with US tariffs. Swiss monetary referendum potentially complicates markets. New Spanish government grapples with nationalist challenges. All in The

Europe Politics

Catalonia: the rise of Ciudadanos

Elections in Catalonia delivered a blow to Madrid and provided separatists with a relative victory. They also cemented the rise of the Ciudadanos party, with implications for Spain’s national politics.

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.

Europe Politics

Catalonia’s biggest threat is internal

Amid the political crisis in Catalonia, the ‘silent majority’ in favor of union is becoming more conspicuous. It is likely that the rift will deepen.

Economics Europe

The economic cost of the Catalonia crisis

The political crisis in Spain is starting to have economic consequences. Companies are moving their headquarters from Catalonia, and GDP forecasts are down.

Europe Politics

The origins of the Catalonia crisis

Spain is on the verge of imposing direct rule over Catalonia, with potentially explosive consequences. How did we get here?

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 15-21 October

China’s 19th Party Congress. Egypt’s state of emergency. Catalonian independence. Elections in Kyrgyzstan. US-Turkey relations.  All in The Week Ahead. 

International Politics Security South and Central Asia The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan prepares for snap election amid heightened tensions with North Korea. Catalan parliament declares independence. Major exporters balk at Brexit WTO arrangements. International Contact Group discusses Afghan peace process in Russia. All