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    Iceland Charts a Course Away from the EU

    In September, Iceland decided to officially suspend accession talks with the European Union. The decision indicates that the island nation will likely seek to chart a course for itself outside the EU. While Iceland remains an official candidate for EU membership, the suspension of accession talks demonstrates a new way … More

    The Euro Loses a Big Supporter and Gains a New Neo-Con

    Definition of an American neo-conservative: A liberal mugged by reality. The new poster child for the budding European neo-conservative: Oskar Lafontaine? Lafontaine, German history majors will recall, is the Social Democrat and former German finance minister who helped launch the European Monetary Union (EMU). He is also the latest European-style … More

    Iceland the Latest European Country to Chill Toward Joining the EU

    Results from Parliamentary elections in Iceland last week reflect public concern over the nation’s application to join the European Union (EU). The parties that did the best in the election, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party, both are skeptical of the EU. The Progressive Party will form a new … More

    EU Disconnect on Display in Croatian Elections

    Turnout in Croatia’s first European Union (EU) parliamentary elections on April 14 was a meager 21 percent. The low turnout is just the latest example of the disconnect that exists between EU decision makers in Brussels and average voters in the individual member states. The fact that less than a … More

    Cyprus: Last-Minute Bailout Doesn’t Address Eurozone’s Underlying Systemic Issues

    A last-minute accord struck early Monday morning between Cypriot authorities and International Monetary Fund and European Union officials is being hailed in Brussels as a breakthrough. In reality, the agreement simply papers over serious structural fractures within the eurozone and is likely nothing more than a temporary solution to long-term … More

    Low-Income or Filthy Rich, Cyprus Residents to Have Bank Accounts Raided

    The Republic of Cyprus has agreed to a eurozone bailout that will raid the bank accounts of Cyprus residents. In July 2012, the Republic of Cyprus became the fifth eurozone member to request a bailout. Eight months later, Cyprus has agreed to a €10 billion ($13 billion) bailout package with … More

    A United States of Europe? Margaret Thatcher Lecture to Assess the Future of National Sovereignty in Europe

    Twenty-five years ago, in her groundbreaking 1988 Bruges speech, Margaret Thatcher spoke against the rise of a supranational federal Europe, warning that to try to suppress nationhood and concentrate power at the center of a European conglomerate would be highly damaging and would jeopardize the objectives we seek to achieve.… … More

    Italian Voters Reject the Ideal of “Ever Closer Union” in Europe

    The recent Italian election results prove that Europeans are becoming fed up with the European Union. Stagnant growth, rising unemployment, and public dissatisfaction are threatening to undermine the cohesion of the EU and cast the future of the European Project into doubt. While the European political elites in Brussels are … More

    Why the EU’s Foreign Policy Approach Will Never Work

    The latest round of European Union (EU) sanctions against Syria, agreed today in Brussels, proves why the EU’s “common denominator” approach to foreign policy will never work. Although the EU adopted strong measures against the Syrian central bank, these same measures could easily have been taken much faster outside the … More

    Turkish Elections and the Implications for European Union Membership

    Last weekend’s parliamentary election in Turkey produced unsurprising results, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) claiming victory with nearly 50 percent of the vote. As world leaders congratulate the AKP on its three-term success, they are also assessing the implications for their countries’ future relationship … More