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Signs Of Russian Meddling In Brexit Vote

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It appears Russia attempted to influence last year’s Brexit vote in the same manner it did the 2016 election in the United States.

Bregrets, They’ve Had A Few: Brits Beginning To Regret Brexit?

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At least some portion of the British public appears to be having some second thoughts about Brexit.

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87

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Helmut Kohl, who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1989 and then presided over the reunification with East Germany, has died at age 87: Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe’s integration and earned plaudits from […]

Britain To Trigger Beginning Of Brexit Process On March 29th

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will formally invoke Article 50 of the European Union treaty on March 29th, thus officially beginning a Brexit process likely to take years.

Scottish First Minister Calls For Another Scottish Independence Vote

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Scotland’s First Minister is calling for another independence vote in the wake of the beginning of the Brexit process, but she’s unlikely to get it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Aiming For A ‘Hard Brexit’

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British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear that she intends to move forward with Brexit.

Why Didn’t The Brexit Vote Require A Supermajority For ‘Leave’ To Win?

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Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.

Britain Votes To Leave European Union, Cameron Resigns As Prime Minister

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By a narrow margin, British voters have chosen to send their nation, themselves, and indeed all of Europe into uncharted waters.

With The Future In The Balance, British Voters Head To The Polls In ‘Brexit’ Vote

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Voters in the United Kingdom are headed to the polls in a vote that will have widespread consequences.

‘Leave’ Takes The Lead In Latest ‘Brexit’ Polling

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With just over a week to go, the latest polling shows voters in the United Kingdom leaning toward leaving the European Union.

United Kingdom Sets ‘Brexit’ Referendum Vote For June 23rd

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Britons will go to the polls in June to decide the future of their country’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

The Vote Could Be As Much As Two Years Away, But Support For A ‘Brexit’ Seems To Be Growing

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A vote is still as much as two years away, and support for staying in the E.U. still has the most support, but support for the idea of a British exit from the European Union has grown in the past several months.

Is Portugal Europe’s Next Greece?

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The election of an anti-austerity government in Portugal is raising some concerns.

Why Does Europe Want To Keep Greece?

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It’s easy to see what Greece thinks it still needs Europe, it’s more of puzzle why Europe thinks it needs to hang on to Greece.

Greece Reaches Deal With Europe That’s Quite Similar To The One Voters Rejected

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Greece reached a new deal with European bankers that seems oddly similar to the one that voters rejected just a week ago.

Greek Voters Reject Bailout Deal, Greece Still Largely Screwed

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Greek voters rejected the latest bailout package, but that only seems likely to make things even worse for them.

Greek Prime Minister Appears To Concede, But Europe Holds To A Hard Line

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Greece’s Prime Minister seemed to give in to some of Europe’s demands today, but bankers are continuing to hold to the strict conditions they set last week.

Greek Banks To Remain Closed Monday As Debt Negotiations Head To The Wire

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The Greek Government is basically shutting the banking system down tomorrow as negotiations over its debt problems continue.

Marine Le Pen Forms Far Right Bloc In European Parliament

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Led by Marianne Le Pen, the head of France’s National Front, far right parties in the European Parliament have formed a coalition: PARIS — More than a year after populist, far-right parties surged in elections for the European Parliament, several of them announced on Tuesday that they had finally banded together with the goal of […]

European Commission Plan Would Require All E.U. Members To Accept Migrants

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A plan to distribute migrants from the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa across the entire European Union seems destined to cause political conflict.

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

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The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

Ukraine Is A Test For Europe. Does It Have The Will To Even Make The Effort To Pass?

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What the West does in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is largely up to Europe, not the United States.

Implementation Of Europe’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ About As Absurd As You’d Expect

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Judging by the early results, the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten” recently created by Europe’s highest court is creating more problems than it will solve.

Ukraine Signs Trade Deal With Europe

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the trade deal with Europe that his predecessor rejected, setting off a series of protests that led to him being deposed as well as a crisis in eastern Ukraine that continues to unfold: BRUSSELS — Seven months after Ukraine’s former president Viktor F. Yanukovych rejected a sweeping trade deal […]

The Absurdity Of The “Right To Be Forgotten”

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The so-called “right to be forgotten” created by Europe’s highest court is unworkable, and ultimately absurd.

Far Right’s Rise In Europe Lays Largely In The Failures Of Mainstream Parties

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Far right parties are succeeding in Europe because the mainstream parties aren’t offering an alternative.

Europe’s Far Right Finds A Friend In Putin

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The European far right has found a friend in an unlikely place.

EU Names Hezbollah Terrorist Group

The foreign ministers of the European Union have officially designated the military wing of the Lebanese Shi’ite organization Hezbollah as a terrorist group: (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group’s roles in a […]

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To European Union

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The Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union: PARIS — The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its 2012 peace prize on Friday to the 27-nation European Union, lauding its role over six decades in building peace and reconciliation among enemies who fought Europe’s bloodiest wars, even as the Continent wrestles with economic […]

Germany Displays Much-Needed Sanity On Libyan Intervention Plans

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It would appear that the Chancellor of  Germany is the primary voice of reason in Europe when it comes to intervening in the Libyan Civil War: Germany has again blocked Anglo-French plans for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya. Reports from talks held by G8 ministers in Paris said German objections, backed by […]

Europe: Reason for Optimism?

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While I’ve been skeptical for awhile about whether the Euro can — or should — survive the present crisis, key governments are now starting to address their own budget crises, finally giving some reason for optimism. My New Atlanticist piece, “Euro Crisis:  Light at the End of the Tunnel?” details the reasons for skepticism, including […]

Euro Fate Rests in German Hands

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The unfolding Euro crisis has raised a new variant on the old German Question.  For much of its history as a state, Germany has been the pivotal state in Europe.  After the Cold War and the reunification of East and West, the fate of “Europe” as a unified political and economic space depended entirely on […]

A Few Euros Short

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The FT’s chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, argues that, without the ability to manipulate national currencies, the EU’s poorer members are going to have a very difficult time recovering from the global recession. As Matt Yglesias notes, If the European Union were a country, it’d be a country in pretty good shape. Better shape than […]