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The Pen Really is Mightier than the Sword in the Balkans

EU foreign policy chief Ashton poses with Serbia’s Prime Minister Dacic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Thaci at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Reuters/VOA News.

It has been a little over a decade since the 1999 Kumanovo Agreement was concluded, signalling the end of military conflict in the Kosovo region of Serbia. Signed on the 9th …

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Time for Europe to repay the favour

With the US ‘pivot’ towards Asia Europe now has an opportunity to help the US and itself. Photo Source: Financial Times.

After the devastation of World War II, Europe lay in ruins whilst its population struggled to feed itself. The only allied power intact was the United States which from 1945 to 1947 …

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Will the UK be the first post-developed nation?

The Riots of 2011 shocked the UK with images that had been thought improbable (Photo Credit: Urban Geographics)

As we enter the fifth year of the ‘Great Recession’ in the developed world, it has become more normal to question the ebullient Anglo-American economic model of the previous decade. Crisis is a natural breeding ground for …

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The Rise of the Five Star Movement in Italy

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Many adjectives come to mind when describing Italian politics, but boring is surely not one of them. This has been certainly true, as Italy, Europe and the world regarded with anxiety the results of this February’s national elections, which, apart from seeing the surprising comeback (though not the victory) of Silvio …

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David Cameron: the ‘heir to Blair’ in Foreign Policy?

Photo source: The Guardian: Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty.

In 2005 David Cameron opted to cement his modernisation strategy by citing himself as the ‘heir to Blair’, kick-starting a journey towards the centre ground in Blair-like fashion. The ‘heir to Blair’ assertion has developed as Blair’s sofa style government and public service reform has largely been carried on. …

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The Blame in Spain Falls Mainly on the Game

Article by James Penn. This article was originally published on St. Andrews Foreign Affairs Review.

For a man that permanently wears a beard to hide the scars on his face (not a shark attack, a traffic accident), then Mariano Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain, is a reassuringly dull and dour man. Perfect for times of …

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Will Georgia Become a True Development Model for a Region?

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (left) sits across from Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili during their meeting in Tbilisi on March 4. Source: Radio free Europe Radio Liberty

The Rose Revolution in November 2003 gave hope to Georgian citizens that finally Georgia had a chance to reform, build democratic institutions and end poverty and corruption. That was …

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Same-sex marriage in France: A heated, yet peaceful debate

Image Courtesy of Benjamin Girette/Associated Press.

Although, same-sex marriage is increasingly more accepted in Europe and in the Western world, it still can cause heated debate between those who are in favour and those who are opposed to its legalization and institutionalization. This, at least, is clear when considering the manifestations which have taken place in …

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Nuclear Europe: Is enough being done to protect Europeans from a potential disaster?

The safety of nuclear power plants across Europe has recently come under scrutiny. Photo Courtesy of:

The potential threats surrounding nuclear science have been ebbing away at civilisation ever since the first atom was split. Of course, people didn’t have to wait particularly long to see the full extent of the destructive force on …