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Backgrounder: EU COVID-19 Recovery Fund

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The legacy of Next Generation EU and the joint issuance it envisions will likely outlive the immediate harms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Forecast (6-7-2021)

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Iran makes a naval foray into the Atlantic, the EU takes aim at multinational tax avoidance, and security in the Sahel continues to deteriorate.

Hungary: Authoritarianism by Another Name?

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What Prime Minister Viktor Orbán terms ‘illiberal democracy’ is starting to look a lot like blatant authoritarianism.

Why is the EU Breaking Its Own Treatise by Attacking a Small Pacific Island for not ‘Playing Fair’?

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The unequal matchup between a bureaucratic behemoth and Vanuatu reveals more about history and geopolitics than it does about financial irregularities.

Global Forecast (5-17-2021)

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Inflation in focus in Europe, the junta government in Myanmar faces more armed resistance, and Israel unrest spreads to the West Bank.

UK-France Joint Action Key to European Relevance in the Indo-Pacific

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Only through joint action can France and the UK leverage their full strategic weight in the South China Sea dispute.

Netherlands Votes amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Centrist parties are benefiting from COVID-19 tailwinds, but don’t read too much into the Dutch results.

No Human Rights without the Right to Know

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How do European governments strike a balance between privacy rights and the right for citizens to know what their leaders are doing?

The Inevitable Rise of Euroscepticism in the Wake of COVID-19

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While COVID-19 may not be an existential crisis for the EU, it does tick virtually all the boxes when it comes to hardening Eurosceptic attitudes throughout the bloc.

The EU’s New ‘Eastern Question’: Refugees, Gas, and Neo-Ottoman Imperialism

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The ‘Eastern Question’ has re-emerged to haunt EU policymakers, and a proper answer requires a true understanding of region’s historical specificities.

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