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Alexander Brotman

Giorgia Meloni and the New Face of Euroscepticism

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Italy’s new prime minister will likely push a softer Euroscepticism that focuses on what Europe can realistically achieve by granting more powers to national governments.

Ukraine and the Shifting Geopolitics of the Heartland

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The Ukraine war could shatter some of the long-standing assumptions of Mackinder’s Heartland Theory, with major ramifications for Europe’s future.

The EU and Poland’s Struggle over Rule of Law

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Warsaw must honour its commitments to Brussels so that it can continue to guide the coming hours in Europe.

Scottish Independence and the Risk of ‘Unenlightened Secession’

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Scotland may wish to be independent, but does the rest of the world wish to deal with an independent Scotland?

Ukraine’s Long Journey into Europe

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Kyiv’s path to EU membership must be verifiably rigorous in a way that strengthens not just Ukraine but the bloc as a whole.

Budapest, Belgrade, Kyiv and The Direction of Europe

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Early pan-European solidarity is showing signs of strain as the focus of the Ukraine war shifts toward the east.

The Battle for Sovereignty and Survival in Ukraine

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In the current Ukraine crisis lies an opportunity to build a new and lasting security architecture in Europe.

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