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Trillion-dollar reconstruction of Ukraine is back on Europe’s agenda

  • Almost 850 days into the war in Ukraine, a sustainable deal to end the conflict seems as distant a prospect as ever, despite a peace summit in Switzerland last week attended by representatives of about 100 nations. This is part of the reason why Western leaders, including German Chancellor Ola...
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Future of the UK, and wider world, is boosted by Scottish National Party’s decline

  • The union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has appeared highly prone to rupture over the past decade or so owing, primarily, to the rise of the Scottish National Party. However, the unexpected resignation last Monday of First Minister Humza Yousaf, the leader of the party, whi...
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European court’s climate ruling prompts political backlash

  • The political battle against climate change has, so far, largely been driven by legislation and regulation by national governments. However, a key European Court of Human Rights ruling this month set a new and potentially important legal precedent in the 46 member states of the Council of Europ...
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Political May-hem looms for embattled UK leader

  • When Rishi Sunak became UK prime minister in 2022, the conventional wisdom was that he would help stabilize a flailing government, even if the ruling Conservatives were turfed out of office at the general election. However, next month could bring about another political meltdown, with a possibl...
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Why NATO’s 75th birthday is a troubled one

  • NATO on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of its founding treaty, yet the mood music is far from celebratory. Key leaders within the military alliance are increasingly concerned that the bloc is facing its biggest ever challenges. For example, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tu...
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Brazil’s ambitious G20 agenda is threatened by geopolitics

  • Since the war in Ukraine began, the G20 is widely considered to have been diminished in terms of its effectiveness, as a result of growing global geopolitical divisions. Nonetheless, Brazil, which holds the presidency of the organization this year, has been promoting an expansive, ambitious age...
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Next step on net-zero ambition for Europe

  • Since the Ukraine war began, the EU has reprioritized energy security as it moves away from Russian fuels in its energy mix. However, on Thursday, the bloc made a significant pivot toward climate action, taking a key new step toward meeting its net-zero ambitions. Many of the 27 EU nations are...
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UK election speculation mounts in wake of budget

  • The annual spring budget statement in the UK is always a major national political and economic event. However, Wednesday’s fiscal announcements assumed even higher importance than usual, coming ahead of what may be an imminent general election. There is growing speculation that Prime Minister...
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G7 chair Italy assumes new importance in West

  • Prior to becoming Italian prime minister in 2022, there were widespread reservations in the West about Giorgia Meloni’s suitability for high office. However, her foreign policy actions so far, including her strong support for Ukraine, have surpassed initial expectations in key Western capitals....
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Two years after Ukraine war, pessimism grows among Europeans

  • Two years on from Russia’s invasion in February 2022, European public opinion has generally remained solidly behind Ukraine. However, a recent key report found only 10 percent of Europeans still believe Kyiv can “win” its battle against Moscow. The study, by the European Council on Foreign Rel...
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