A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)
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Kos and its Refugees

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)

I have recently visited the island of Kos which, due to its close proximity to Turkey, has received an influx of refugees. Those in Kos are part of about 230 000 refugees that have arrived in Greek islands (of a …

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Is Cyprus ready for a solution?

Divided Cyprus. Photo Source: Golbez via Wikimedia Commons.

Despite a plethora of concerns about the successful resolution of the Cyprus Problem, the conflict has reached its ripeness and Cypriots are ready to open a new chapter in the island’s history.

A brief background on the Cyprus Problem

The island of Cyprus has been divided since …

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011
Africa / Asia

The Rhetorical Resurrection of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011. Photo Source: Annaleise McDonough via Flickr Creative Commons.

Born from a postcolonial climate in which Britain sought to maintain influence in its former territories, the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ is, for some, a continued legacy of imperialism. Yet, for an increasing number of politicians, the Commonwealth now represents …

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Could the EU do more for international development?

Annual European development day – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland – via Flickr creative commons

In the last fifteen years the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have helped to raise hundreds of millions out of poverty. As the world’s biggest donor to overseas aid, the European Union has played a huge …

David Cameron and Angela Merkel have begun negotiations.
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Where will it end: United States of Europe or United Europe of States?

World Economic Forum – Sebastian Derungs via Flickr

A far-left Greek Government is drastically pressing the European Union (EU) for economic reform, the United Kingdom is set to hold a referendum on whether its entire future should be in the EU or out of the EU and Ukraine’s membership of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) …

German KFOR troops patrol southern Kosovo in the Summer of 1999, Nick Macdonald via Wikimedia Commons
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EU/NATO intervention in Yugoslavia: Lessons learned?

 

German KFOR troops patrol southern Kosovo in the Summer of 1999, Nick Macdonald via Wikimedia Commons

The Yugoslav crisis of the nineties is considered Europe’s bloodiest conflict since WW2. The region still very much bears the consequences of the years of bloodshed which claimed thousands of lives, as the Balkan states still present severe social …

Trans Adriatic Gas  Pipeline  Map, Genti77 via        Wikicommons
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The changing landscape for Energy in Europe

Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline Map, Genti77 via Wikicommons

During the last months major changes have been taking place in the sector of energy security strategy in the European continent. While the EU has adopted a framework for its energy strategy until 2030, quickly changing international developments have created a sense of urgency to act. Various …

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Moscow and NATO look towards the Baltics

‘Zapad’ Russian-Belarusian Strategic Military Exercises, November 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons

When discussing key foreign policy and international relations issues the three small Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania rarely enter the conversation. The former Soviet republics, who are now full members of the EU and NATO, are often viewed with insignificance. However with …