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The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Lessons Unlearned from Charlie Hebdo: Strengthening the EU’s Intelligence Infrastructure

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The EU can improve the effectiveness of its intelligence agencies not by creating new bureaucracies, but by getting more out of the resources it already has.

The Turkey Contagion Threat

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Tracking the global market reaction to Turkey’s currency crisis with one overriding question in mind: How big is the contagion threat?

Spain: The Final Test Case for Social Democracy in the EU

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Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE must find a workable solution to the migration issue; the future of social democracy in Europe may depend on it.

Trump’s Trade Policy Is an Own Goal for American Consumers

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President Trump underestimated the resolve of EU policymakers, and consumers worldwide are about to pay for it.

TAP Pipeline: Look Who’s Switching Off the Gas This Time

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It's not Moscow, but the new government in Rome that might be turning off the TAP and dooming the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project.

Greece Debt Deal: When a Haircut Isn’t a Haircut

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The latest Greece debt deal is cut from the same cloth as those that proceeded it: middling, short-sighted, and unlikely to fix Greece’s fundamental problems.

Whither Central Europe’s ‘Axis of the Willing’ on Migration?

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Will Sebastian Kurz’ “axis of the willing against illegal migration” sound the death knell for the Merkel era in Germany?

The Post-War Order Is Over

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And not because Trump wrecked it...

Turkey Joins the Great Power Club Vying for Influence in the Western Balkans

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Turkey is reestablishing ties in a frontier of the former Ottoman Empire, but in the Western Balkans it finds a field that’s already crowded with outside powers vyign for influence.

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