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Will Europe go green?

As European voters look for new alternatives, Green parties are making waves across the region. In doing so, they could signal a counterweight to the populist European right and influence national and European climate policies.

The comprehensive guide to quitting Google

Things get sketchy when the entity overseeing [a tech] ecosystem starts dipping into your data or manipulating your experience.

The international use of the euro

The recent State of the Union speech by Jean-Claude Juncker sparked a discussion about the potential wider use of the euro on the international stage.

The transnational party that aims at votes from disillusioned people

Volt Europe is a new European party founded by an under-35 who wants to put more of Italy in Europe.

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Europe’s quest for financial independence

Brussels will find it hard to defy Washington, but it has to try.

The orange XTC state, a 19 billion euro industry

Dutch criminologist Edward van der Torre warns that the drug industry in The Netherlands is gaining more and more power.

Can Trump and Europe restart relations?

Although the recent and newfound rapport between Trump and the EU is a welcome respite from the current rot in the transatlantic relationship, it is unlikely to be a long-lasting feature as fundamental issues still divide Washington and Brussels.

US-China trade war: What’s in it for Europe?

To help evaluate whether the market response is warranted or exaggerated, the author measured the trade impact of additional import tariffs based on standard economic theory, namely two key parameters—the tariff pass-through rate and the price elasticity of demand. The end of multilateralism seems clear, at least for trade.
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In 1973, an MIT computer predicted the end of civilization and it’s on target

While many in history have made apocalyptic predictions that have so far failed to materialize, what the computer envisioned in the 1970s has by and large been coming true. Could the machine be right? r.

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Time for a Migration Union?

Despite the political impasse reached among certain EU member state governments in their attempts to reform EU asylum policy, this Policy Insight argues that ‘we’re in this boat together’.

Is Erdogan making the Ottoman Empire great again?

Turkey is leveraging tradition to expand its power in Europe — but the history cuts both ways.

Trade War: European Union taxes American imports

The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

EU, Canada and China join forces against climate change

The EU, Canada, and China have joined forces to encourage global leadership and ambition in the fight against climate change by building momentum for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Merkel and Trump agree the ailing German military needs a boost

The German military has been, by nearly all accounts, in a woeful state. In recent years, its helicopters wouldn’t fly, its submarines couldn’t sail, and its soldiers have wielded broomsticks in training exercises for lack of guns.

Merkel and Macron propose Eurozone budget

The leaders of Germany and France agreed to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.

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