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    Cameron Rightly Draws a Line in the Sand on an EU Army

    The United Kingdom sagely blocked attempts by the European Union to develop an EU army at a recent EU Council meeting in Brussels. Long the dream of EU bureaucrats, an EU Army would undermine NATO, transatlantic cooperation, and, ultimately, European security. British Prime Minister David Cameron made it very clear … More

    Half of British Citizens Want to Exit the European Union

    According to a newly released poll of citizens in four European countries, half of Britons would vote to leave the European Union (EU). While 50 percent of United Kingdom citizens said they would vote to leave the EU, only 36 percent said they would vote to stay in the EU. … More

    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The brutal dispersal of demonstrators in Ukraine last week led to dozens wounded—and a public protest movement which now surpasses the Orange Revolution of 2004. Demonstrators want Ukraine in Europe—and President Victor Yanukovich out of power. Ariel Cohen, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, gives some perspective … More

    Critical Questions for the Obama Administration on Burma–North Korea Ties

    In a discussion at Heritage last week examining U.S.–Burma military-to-military relations, former Senate Foreign Relations Committee professional staff Keith Luse laid out his personal opinion on the issue and raised 10 very specific questions for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel regarding Burma’s relationship with North Korea. The Administration would do … More

    Russia Should Drop “You Are with Us or Against Us” Mantra

    Recently, several of Russia’s “younger siblings,” such as Ukraine and Moldova, finally got a chance to partially break from the Russian bear hug and opt for a closer integration with the West. They are members of the Eastern Partnership with the European Union, a close cooperation program with the EU, … More

    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

    Free Trade and (Not So) Free Health Care: A Discussion in Advance of President Obama’s Visit to Sweden

    President Obama will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, for a September 4-5 visit en route to the G20 Summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fedrik Reinfeldt, to be followed by a working dinner with Nordic Heads of State from Sweden, Finland, … More

    EU Finally Begins to Take Hezbollah Threat Seriously

    Yesterday, the European Union finally reached the necessary consensus among its 28 member states to list Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization. The decision comes after many months of impasse and indecision, the byproduct of the EU’s required unanimity coupled with a concern among some European nations that the … More

    A Band-Aid for Derivatives Trading

    American regulators yesterday agreed, both internally and with the European Union, on how to deal with the trading of financial derivatives beyond U.S. shores. The EU and U.S. essentially decided to treat each other’s rules as “close enough.” While the decision has some value, it continues to miss the point. … More

    Hezbollah: European Union Keeps Its Head in the Sand

    On June 19, a meeting of European Union countries failed to agree on a United Kingdom–sponsored proposal to list the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Despite the support of the U.K., France, Germany, and the Netherlands, the EU—which requires consensus to list a group as a terrorist … More