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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an Associate at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics.

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Why the world is watching the fate of EU-Latin America talks

In Oscar Wilde’s masterful play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which was first performed in 1895, Lady Bracknell famously says that “to lose one parent … may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness.”

December 07, 2023

EU’s attempts to adopt a bloc-wide policy on Beijing are not proving easy

“Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” is a question said to have been asked in the 1970s by Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state who died on Wednesday at the age of 100.

December 05, 2023

EU renews its global green leadership with Canada deal

Since the Inflation Reduction Act was passed last year in Washington, there has been strong focus on the resurgence of US green leadership. However, under the “global radar” also in North America, far less attention is, surprisingly, being paid to Canada’s credentials in this area.

November 25, 2023

EU’s toolbox for ‘de-risking’ China grows with addition of anti-coercion measures

EU politicians, in particular European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, are increasingly framing their policy on China as one of “de-risking.” However, the block and its 27 member states currently lack the toolbox required to deliver on this, imperfectly defined, ambition.

November 18, 2023

‘Double Dutch’ poll signals Europe’s changing political mood

The phrase “double Dutch” is sometimes defined as language that is unintelligible. That phrase seems an apt description of the upcoming election in the Netherlands, the outcome of which is hugely difficult to decipher.

November 11, 2023

Forgettable King’s Speech lacking in UK domestic policy

King Charles this week gave the UK’s first King’s Speech in Parliament for more than seven decades. However, the address, which is traditionally written for the monarch by the government of the day, will not go down in the history books for its content.

November 10, 2023