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Arms sales rules working on paper – just not in practice

Once again, European arms exports are contributing to crisis in the Middle East, and war in the Middle East is creating a crisis of European public policy. In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait using weapons supplied by all five permanent members of the UN Security Council as well as a host of other weapons producers. Today, European-supplied weapons are playing an… Read article ›

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Understand more, condemn less – the way ahead for Russia and the EU

While liberal politicians and media lamented the results of Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union and the outcome of the American presidential election, Moscow reacted to these events with hope. The momentous developments of the past six months will not have any direct bearing on Russia’s interests, but they will re-shape international politics,… Read article ›

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  • Views from the Capitals

The UK must retain its EU police cooperation

For all the talk during the referendum campaign of the risk of Brexit to UK-EU police and intelligence cooperation, the issue now seems to have drifted from the headlines. But now Britain has voted to leave, what will be the real damage? After the Lisbon Treaty came into force in December 2009, there was a four-and-a-half year period during which member states could announce a blanket opt-out from all former “third… Read article ›

Visit of Federica Mogherini to Gaza
  • Global Europe
  • Security Europe

The EU’s Global Strategy needs some straight talking

Europe has never been so prosperous, so secure nor so free’. These words may sound grotesque today, but they were used in good faith as an opening line of the first European Security Strategy only thirteen years ago. Its successor, published in June by the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, begins with a starkly different assessment of the world: ‘We… Read article ›