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Why Mogherini’s Appointment as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Matters Little

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Last weekend, the European Council (the heads of state or government of European Union [EU] member states) appointed Italian foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, as the next High Representative (HR) of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The holder of this post is responsible for ‘conducting the EU’s foreign policy. As was the case […]

The ‘national interest’ test in the Pfizer – Astra Zeneca takeover bid

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As the deadline under the new ‘put up or shut up’ rules of the UK Takeover Panel came to a close on Monday 26 May, Pfizer admitted defeat in its bid to buy AstraZeneca. Pfizer’s withdrawal brought to a close four months of wooing that, had it been successful, would have been the largest foreign […]

Why Juncker is not Cameron’s problem

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by Kyriakos Moumoutzis Since the elections for the European Parliament in May, public debate on European Union (EU) politics has gradually become dominated by the so-called ‘Juncker question’: the issue of the appointment of the next President of the Commission and more specifically British Prime Minister David Cameron’s opposition to the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker, […]

Nick v Nigel reflects Lib Dem strength, not weakness

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The conventional wisdom in the Westminster village is that ‘Nick v Nigel’is best explained, regardless of how well he does, by Nick Clegg’s apparent political weakness. “What has he got to lose?” say Conservative sources. If you are struggling in the polls, why not roll the dice and gamble? Proclaim the virtues of the EU […]

Yanukovych, Russia and the EU: Why we saw this one coming

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Kiev, 1048.Yaroslav The Wise, the Kiev-Rus leader, was caught in strife with the Byzantine and Holy Roman Empire when a French envoy from King Henry I arrived to request the hand of Yaroslav’s daughter in marriage. As a powerful ally in the West would have made a useful strategic alliance, the Kiev-Rus leader’s response was […]

Point of View: Time for Europe’s Leaders to Talk Strategy

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By Ben Jones Last Wednesday Baroness Ashton, the EU High Representative, launched her report on the Common Security and Defence Policy. The paper is intended to inform a discussion that EU leaders will hold at their upcoming December European Council summit. While the eurosceptics will doubtless recoil at the EU’s having any role in such matters, […]

Will there be real eggs on your Easter table? Directive 1999/74: the good, the bad and the ugly

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Egle Dagilyte is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Buckinghamshire New University and a PhD Candidate at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. The author is thankful to Stefanie Ripley for comments that were incorporated in this article. As Easter is approaching, not all consumers in Europe will hit stores to buy […]

Because anti-racism is not politically sexy…

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By Jean-Pierre Gauci On March 21 the world commemorates the International Day Against Racism. In Europe, the day is remembered through a number of activities including the launch by the European Network Against Racism of its annual Shadow Report on Racism across the European Union. I have had the honour and the pleasure of drafting […]

How to Outfox a Euro-skeptic: The Challenges of European Defence Cooperation

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By Paolo Enrico Favino Usually, the current debate around the EU is characterized by a great struggle between Europeanists and Euro-skeptics, where the former say that a supranational Union between European countries represents the better solution towards an ill-defined ‘enlightened future’, and the latter talk back that the nation-state still is the real and only […]

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