Cameron’s Juggle Continues

This piece is a follow up to an earlier post where I argued that David Cameron’s EU strategy involves a delicate juggling act that, so far, has led to few positive results for the UK or for the EU. As part of a large cabinet reshuffle yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed former Defense Secretary […]

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Oil and Guns: Libya’s Wild West

Light, sweet crude futures for August have increased by 8 cents to 100.91 USD per barrel. Oil futures have been fluctuating recently on the uncertainty linked to conflicts in Iraq and Libya impacting oil supply. Today’s increase shows the limits of stability in Libya’s oil market. I was initially planning on writing this piece last […]

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A New EU Position Fight in the Works

Interesting article in the Financial Times today detailing the likely fight over the next EU High Representative for foreign affairs.  Apparently an Eastern European block comprised primarily of Baltic countries is looking to block the nomination of Italian Prime Minister Federica Mogherini on the grounds that Italy took too soft a stance on Russian sanctions.  This […]

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From Finances to Politics: A Look at the State of France’s Broken Center-Right

France’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has accrued a debt of over 74.5 million euros, according to a recent audit of the party accounts. This latest revelation could prove to be the final blow for a party marred in scandals that has so far proven incapable of actively opposing the policies of French […]

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London VS Brussels: Media Edition

A report released today by the Migration Advisory Committee showed that EU migrant workers in the UK have contributed a total of £22bn to public finances, which is roughly equivalent to £2,732 per worker per year. Before I begin this post, I would like to quote directly from the findings of this report: “The evidence […]

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Crime and Ambition: The Return of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation last week over an alleged corruption affair. The court has held three different charges against the former President potentially damaging his chances of a political comeback. Since leaving the Elysée palace in May 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy has been dogged by a seemingly incessant stream of political […]

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The Hawk of Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet have reversed a 60-year-old interpretation of the Japanese constitution that gives Japan the ability to intervene in military conflicts. This hawkish decision has the potential to send shockwaves through the tense security climate of East Asia. Since Shinzo Abe assumed the Japanese Prime Ministership for the second […]

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