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After wild five years, EU prepares for 2020s

  • European presidents and prime ministers meet for a landmark summit on Thursday and Friday that will shape the continent until at least 2024. The meeting will focus on the bloc’s future strategic agenda, but the most difficult business will be carving up top EU jobs, with a transition of power u...
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Will ‘Little England’ or ‘Global Britain’ prevail in 2021?

  • Whether “Global Britain” or “Little England” becomes the more powerful political narrative across the UK post-Brexit will help define the country’s politics in 2021 and beyond. There were diverse and sometimes divergent views expressed by people voting to exit the EU. Some more isolationist l...
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A crucial week in the fight against global warming

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meets this week in France to mark the 30th anniversary of its creation. This body, under the auspices of the UN, is preparing what is likely to be the single biggest agenda-setting, climate science report of the year....
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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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‘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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Brexit could be delayed until May as UK changes strategy

  • Angela Merkel visited the Republic of Ireland on Thursday ahead of next Wednesday’s special European Council summit of presidents and prime ministers on Brexit. The visit came amidst UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest U-turn to explore a cross- party deal on Brexit, and her decision to a...
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Next UK PM must forge an elusive national consensus

  • Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson held their first head-to-head television debate on Tuesday night in their battle to become the UK’s next prime minister. With polls still indicating the sometimes-faltering Johnson could win the vote among Conservative Party members by a landslide, the irony is tha...
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Brexit? You couldn’t make it up. But let’s try …

  • The UK Supreme Court will deliver its verdict this week on whether Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament is lawful, but this is only one of many imminent key hinge points as his premiership injects further uncertainty, with the range of possible political outcomes growing.  There...
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Africa’s rising star attracts world powers

  • Mike Pompeo on Saturday began his first trip to Africa as US secretary of state with stop-offs in Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia.  Yet, while his focus on the continent has been welcomed by allies, it comes after more than three years of US diplomatic neglect of the increasingly important r...
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Surging Scottish support for independence threatens UK union

  • While the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and Brexit are top of mind for UK policymakers, another interrelated political and economic earthquake may be on the horizon. Support for Scottish independence is surging and the UK is facing into perhaps the biggest ever threat to its long-standing terr...
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