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On 15 October 2017, early parliamentary elections took place in Austria. The total voters’ turnout reached 80 percent, which is a bit more than the average from last years. The reason for the high turnout can be attributed to the migration situation, increasing streams of Euroscepticism and general high public interest in politics. As expected,… » read more

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On Sunday, October 15 2017, according to the Venezuelan National Committee, the ruling Socialist party surprisingly won the regional elections, specifically in 17 of the 23 states of Venezuela, after a prolonged period of civil unrest. The opposition has alleged that the elections were rigged and thus invalid. They also called on the South American… » read more

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The Czechs have elected their new House of Deputies. One party arose from that election as the clear, undisputed victor: ANO, a self-declared pro-European party, member of ALDE—European Liberal Democrats led by the well-known federalist, Guy Verhofstadt. The self-declaration of being pro-European is crucial, since the movement, although a supporter of Czech Republic’s staying in… » read more

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Catalonia’s intentions of broadening its autonomy and to attain independence is not novel. However, it certainly reached a whole new level very quickly after the referendum that took place on the 1st October. As we know, the Catalonian referendum for independence was prior to its execution proclaimed unconstitutional. The Spanish government warned that such referendum… » read more

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Recently, a landmark decision was passed in Germany, positioning the country in line with Norway, France, Netherlands, and other European nations, which have already approved legislation in favor of same-sex marriage. Although Merkel personally voted against, the Chancellor paved the way for legalizing same-sex marriage by calling for a ‘vote of conscience’. This has allowed… » read more

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In March, Vladimir Putin said in an interview to CNBC that Russia stands to benefit from global warming since it creates favorable conditions for national economic improvement. Later this year, after the U.S. declared its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Putin emphasized that people should not worry too much about Trump exiting the… » read more

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As the complex negotiations on Britain’s exit from the EU are set to commence later in June, this article offers a closer look at the British negotiating strategy vis-à-vis Brexit. The forthcoming Brexit talks will be arguably one of the most complex negotiations ever undertaken by the British government. The process of disentangling the United… » read more

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US President Donald Trump zoomed across the Old Continent, in Neil Young’s words “Like a Hurricane”. Just like the eye of this element, what occurs in Trump’s inner-circle is nothing like the reality of the outer rim. While the President himself tweeted that his European journey “was a great success”, others likened his visit to… » read more

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The Czech Republic is currently facing a political crisis that has, to say the least, left both political analysts and Czech citizens confounded. To sum the situation up, on May 2, the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced that the resignation of the whole government because of the inability of the finance minister Andrej Babiš… » read more

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Brexit is finally underway. The next two years of negotiations will not only determine the relationship between the EU and the UK, but will also determine the future of the 27 remaining member states. Crucially, the absence of the UK in the EU will significantly change the balance of power in the European Council and… » read more

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