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‘Trump referendum’ could have major effect on US foreign policy

  • (AFP) Campaigning for the US midterms has reached fever pitch as election day closes in. Early voting returns indicate that both Democratic and Republican voting bases are unusually engaged, with multiple states seeing more than double the number of early votes cast compared to t...
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Time running out to secure critical deal on Irish border

  • As European presidents and prime ministers prepare for Wednesday’s potentially crunch EU Council summit, there are media reports of potentially significant movement in Brexit talks. While European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday that “substantially more progress” is need...
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UN General Assembly could be a moment of truth for the Trump administration

  • Donald Trump will make his second address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. There will be 140 other world leaders in attendance but the US president is likely to steal the show again, despite the growing disgruntlement with him at the supranational body. The reason why most eyes are likel...
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Just when Europe thought the worst was over …

  • European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker will give his annual state-of-the-union address on Tuesday, with the continent facing a choppy autumn. Storm clouds are gathering again, not only from the Brexit talks but also Italy’s euroskeptic coalition government and the populist surge in E...
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Italy debt is EU’s major concern following Greek landmark

  • This week saw the political milestone event of Greece officially completing an eight-year bailout program following an economic collapse on the scale of the Great Depression. Yet, important as this moment could be for Athens and the EU at large, several European nations — including G-...
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Why Scots nationalists should be careful what they wish for

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan was described as dead on arrival last week by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. While departure from the EU was the backdrop to the Edinburgh meeting, Sturgeon’s mind is at least as much focused on the political positioning that will best enabl...
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US ‘foes’ EU and China a have chance to lead the way on climate change

  • Beijing this week hosted the 20th annual China-EU political and business summit. This landmark event provided a timely, important opportunity for the two powers to develop a more unified front on a range of issues over which they are in dispute with the Donald Trump team, from trade to climate ...
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Two years after Brexit vote, EU remains on the back foot

  • Saturday marks the second anniversary of the landmark Brexit referendum, which sent political and economic shockwaves around the world. Two years later, with the exit process having consumed a massive amount of time in both London and Brussels, the EU remains on the back foot. It is in this co...
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Are the wheels coming off  the Brexit train?

  • With the UK Parliament heading into another big week of Brexit votes, fears are growing in Brussels about the slow pace of exit negotiations with London;  so much so that there is growing speculation within the EU 27 about whether the UK’s formal leaving date may be postponed from Mar...
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What May must do to keep fringe at bay

  • Thursday’s UK local elections results revealed a mixed picture for Prime Minister Theresa May, who is now entering a critical political period with final-stage Brexit negotiations imminent. The opposition Labour Party had its best success since the early 1970s in London, making n...
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