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A world that is evolving from one where strength is measured predominantly in military terms to a world in which different kinds of power and threats co-exist, helps to identify opportunities for transatlantic cooperation and constitutes an imperative for action in cyber security, writes Amanda Sellers and Tobias Felix Franke. “The past 65 years have… » read more

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To the casual observer, Kazakhstan can be a tricky country to get to grips with. In 2010 they scored a major diplomatic coup by becoming the first post-Soviet country to chair the OSCE, where they hosted the stagnant organisation’s first summit in 11 years. While its neighbour Kyrgyzstan descended in chaos, Kazakhstan seemeed an oasis… » read more

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EU leaders have long emphasized the need for Brussels to get more “strategic” in its partnership with China. Launched in 2003, the strategic partnership between the two sides has been the subject of a voluminous (and often excruciatingly tedious) academic debate, a plethora of grand sounding political statements and ultimately much disappointment. The topic gained… » read more

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The following was written by Paddy Cassidy, alumnus of the College of Europe in Bruges. In his contribution, Paddy argues that the peoples of Europe are not hungry for a meny of “ever closer union”. The following views are his own. Federal Europe, where and who art thou? While it is a truism that there… » read more

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The following post was contributed by Line Andersen. Line is a former MA student at the College of Europe in Bruges and a former employee at the Danish permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. She will soon take up an internship position in the cabinet of Danish Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. In May… » read more

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Talks between Swiss and EU leaders have lead to a debate on Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, such as in Euractiv’s «Switzerland ponders scenarios for future EU relations» (22 July). One solution that is being put forward is that of a «Swissified» EEA agreement, the EEA agreement being the link between EU and the three… » read more

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Norway’s «gag rules»

“So, when is Norway joining the EU?” That question surely comes a Norwegian’s way quite often when studying the EU abroad. However, with two negative referendums in the bag, as well as a strong opposition against membership, it might seem distant. Nevertheless, Norwegian integration into the EU is taking place anyway without a lot of… » read more

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It has been a trying time for climate change activists. The much-publicised failure of the EU and other global actors to reach a binding agreement at the December 2009 Conference of the Parties (COP) summit in Copenhagen, allayed to the “Climategate” leaks, accusations of exaggeration and inaccuracy against UN climate bodies and the financial crisis… » read more

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