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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.

Navigating a Post-Merkel Germany

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Chancellor Merkel leaves behind a far more precarious political order than the one she inherited in 2005.

The EU Defense Industry: In the Shadow of Brexit

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All of these best-laid plans from Brussels to bolster continental military capacity and foster a globally competitive European industrial base are imperiled by the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

Greece Elections – Outlook 2019 (December 26, 2018)

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As part of the Outlook 2019 series, Zac and Nick discuss upcoming elections in Greece and the rise of anti-politics in an austerity-weary electorate.

The EU Defense Industry: Consolidation toward an ‘EU Army’?

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Brussels is opting for a gradual, voluntary, and incentivized approach to developing the continental defense industry.

EU-Swiss Ties: Is Switzerland at a ‘Dead End’?

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Pressure is mounting on the old system of bilateral treaties cementing EU-Swiss relations, but there’s still no consensus over what will replace them.

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