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The EU & The South China Sea Dispute

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The EU is walking a fine line on the South China Sea dispute, but can the policy hold over the long-term?

Rome and Brussels Headed for Round Two in Budget Fight

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The December compromise was more temporary ceasefire than lasting peace agreement.

Germany’s Export Dip: Harbinger of an EU Recession?

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The latest economic data out of Germany does not bode well for growth on the Continent. Are we headed for a new European downturn?

Moldova’s February Elections and Regional Geopolitics

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With recent elections producing a political stalemate, we can expect more of the same from Moldova’s foreign policy.

Italy Returns to the Horn of Africa

Around 200 Somali graduates completed Italian Mission Training 5, a nearly three-month training program where they learned policing skills as part of an agreement between Italy and Somalia at the Djibouti Police Academy, June 23, 2016. The course taught the trainees skills in crime scene investigation, counterterrorism intervention, riot control, environmental protection and others. During the ceremony, Italian Army Col. Renato Chicoli thanked the trainees, Somali Police Forces, as well as the National Gendarmerie and police of Djibouti for their dedication to the success of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton/Released)

After a three-decade absence from the Horn of Africa, Italy is re-engaging with the region – and its ambitions go well beyond the issue of migration.

Snap Election Looms in Spain

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Move over economics and austerity. The next election is going to revolve around questions of Spanish identity.

EU Takes Aim at Rule of Law Violators

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The EU is debating legislation that would freeze funding for member states that are backsliding on democratic norms. But will it come at the cost of widening the bloc’s internal divisions?

NATO’s Make-or-Break Moment

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There’s a much more cost-effective option than pursuing an EU army: boosting defense budgets under the auspices of NATO.

EU-NATO Relations: Beyond Dependency?

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The Trump era brings uncertainty over the future of the Atlantic Alliance, but it also brings new opportunities for fruitful EU-NATO cooperation.

Outlook 2019: More Struggles Ahead for the EU

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Neither the major powerbrokers nor the peripheral member-states will succeed in pushing through much-needed reforms in 2019.

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