From collective security to the centenarian Finland’s relationship to Europe, here’s what Alexander Stubb thinks about current affairs in Europe and beyond! Alexander Stubb calls himself an “EU nerd”, and the description is certainly warranted. A College of Europe graduate who has written several (...)
2016 was Poland’s first full year under the power of the Law and Justice party since the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015. Planned reforms and countless protests enriched the political and social scene, especially during the last few December weeks with the spike in protests (...)
The anti-euro Five Star Movement was close to joining ALDE, the European Parliament faction perceived as the most federalist of them all. Sebastiano Putoto argues that the failed marriage of convenience is an example of Guy Verhofstadt’s dwindling leadership in ALDE.
Finland’s high standard of freedom of speech is a reason for pride for the Nordic country. However, with the bizarre feud between the Prime Minister and the public broadcaster, Finland’s international reputation in that regard has been questioned. Precisely because of the outcry, Juuso Järviniemi argues that Finland is still doing something right.
The victories of the Leave campaign in the UK and Donald Trump in the US are two faces of one phenomenon that is rising all across “old” liberal democracies. Called “populism”, “alt-right” or “extreme right”, it is first and foremost illiberal, anti-globalisation and anti-intellectualist, and is fuelled by inexactitudes and outright lies coming from some non-mainstream media, and from abroad.
For both domestic and international reasons, a “soft” Brexit ensuring continued access to the Single Market for UK goods, services, capitals and people is becoming increasingly unlikely. Instead, a significantly decreased access to the Single Market - a “hard” Brexit in some form or another – is likely to emerge from the article 50 negotiations.