My take on Scottish Independence

One of my earliest memories of school was my proud Scottish teacher making a 7-year-old me learn the de facto Scottish National Anthem “Oh flower of Scotland.” It was curious for a young boy in France to learn a song charged with national pride and independent sentiments.  That was very telling of the ethos of Scotland […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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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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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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David Cameron’s EU Juggling Act

European Leaders officially nominated Former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker for the Presidency of the European Commission. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s vocal opposition marked the 26-2 vote for the EPP candidate. Following nearly a month of lobbying and vocal opposition, David Cameron’s efforts to block Jean-Claude Juncker have failed. That is certainly not for […]

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Cameron, Merkel, and the Juncker Debate

The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) won a total of 222 out of 751 seats in the May 2014 European Parliamentary elections – theoretically giving them the opportunity to select the President of the next European Commission. Behind the alarming rise of Eurosceptic parties, the second major story emanating from last month’s European Parliament elections […]

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