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Bulgaria’s Soviet Past is not set in Stone

In Sofia, monuments to the Soviet Army have been vandalised a number of times – this Pop Art version of a statue appeared in 2011 and more recently in 2013 it was been daubed in Pink paint. Паметник на Съветската армия via Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Russia issued a protest note about a vandalised Soviet monument …

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High price, low benefit: Middle East and Africa as French image-making tools

Rebels in Central African Republic – hdtpcar via Wikimedia Commons

 

CAR, Mali, Syria, two years earlier — Libya; France became initiator of the military operation in Libya, actively providing ”Arab Spring” rebels with weapons and specialists, recognizing members of revolutionary committees as official representatives of Libya and Syria, sent troops to Mali to establish peace …

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Salesmanship and the FCO

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A rare Coalition policy that few people can oppose concerns foreign policy and its recently found emphasis upon promoting Britain’s economic interests abroad. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now on the frontline for championing British business and industry in the hope of aiding an economic recovery and providing long-term sustainable growth …

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The Other Turkey

Photo source: Today’s Zaman.

Protests have gripped Turkey over the last two weeks, what started off as a series of protests throughout the country over different issues has turned into one main protest. One protest, staged in the Turkish capital Ankara, turned into kissing demonstrations outside subway stations. The ‘Kiss-protest’ was against plans to forbidden …

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Bring Back the British

The United Kingdom must decide on its’ future: In or out of the EU? Image courtesy of The Guardian/Yves Logghe/AP

The “European Union” has developed rapidly since 1952 and the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) during which signatory countries Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Italy, West Germany and The Netherlands pooled their national …

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The Rising Tide of Euroscepticism

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Since the onset of the economic and financial crisis in 2008, the European Union has undergone some of its greatest and severest challenges. The sovereign debt crises in Greece, Portugal and Ireland and the numerous issues facing the banking sector have forced the European Union to commence  a programme of impressive …

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Migration and the slippery slope of EU citizenship

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Amid concerns over Europe’s waning magnetism and clout, precipitated not least by the travails of the Eurozone, and its declining competitiveness vis-à-vis Asia and the US, there are still signs of its allure retaining some of the former shine, within and without. Next year Latvians …

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Croatia set to Join EU

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The future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom may be in flux, but the future of Croatia and the European Union has been set. The Adriatic state of 4.5 million is set to become the 28th member state of the EU on 1 July 2013. Croatia’s membership comes …

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Anglo-French Ties Remain Strong and Increasingly Necessary

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The recent French Defence White Paper signals a further continuation of deepening Anglo-French ties. As budget constraints squeeze defence spending there was concern amongst British officials that French capabilities would be significantly reduced, hindering not only French, but British foreign policy and the ability for France to uphold major aspects of the Lancaster …