The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
A co-authored blog to describe the complexity of a new concept.
Madrid is going ahead with the procedures to suspend Catalonia’s self-rule, but both sides seem to want to slow down the game. Political science scholar Joan Subirats explained us the context, and why a leverage for a breakthrough is in the hands of the Socialist Party
“Suspending” ”independence tells Madrid that that the ball is in its court. On the table lays a proposal for a dialogue that the Spanish government will not accept. However, taking fully over power and functions from the Catalan government appears now harder. Also the Socialists were put in an uneasy spot, while Podemos are satisfied
At 5 in the morning, the doors of the Drassanes School are still shut, but the peole keeping guard utside are already debating the referendum. Not everybody looks forward to a secession. The Mossos and later the ballot boxes arrive giving start to a long day full of harsh events that will change Catalonia and Spain.
Behind the political clash there are the numbers of a secession. Currency, debt — could a Catalan Republic succeed? The big banks are giving it no chance, but its vibrant industry might tell another story. Here's what citizens and businesses can expect if Catalonia votes "yes".
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has a decades-old reputation for strong-arm tactics, but its silencing of dissent has become especially brazen over the past several weeks. At the end of August, SBU officers ejected a number of journalists from the country, including two Spanish reporters removed for anti-Ukrainian “propaganda” after reporting Ukrainian government shelling of civilian areas in the fight against separatists.
The levels of economic growth are again those achieved in 2007, but, after the Brexit, the neighboring country will become extra-EU. Although the Irish are the most Europeanist on the continent, the market in the Republic is very integrated with the United Kingdom (part of which, Northern Ireland, is on the island).
If it hadn’t been for Brexit, the UK would have been starting its six-month term in the rotating presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers this month. Instead, the schedule shifted and the Baltic nation of Estonia is in the driver's seat, where it has a rare opportunity to set the tone for the EU’s broader agenda. In the case of Estonia, that primarily means preaching the benefits of digital governance to its neighbours.
When I was a high school student, nothing appealed to me more than the prospect of studying in the United Kingdom. I had visited London a few times, and I was at the time drawn by seductive yet vaguely defined ideas of career and success.