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The EU and Brexit: Sailing in uncharted waters

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The momentous decision to opt for exit from the European Union that was made by a slim majority of the British public on 23 June immediately will have long-lasting effects which will linger for years to come. The immediate result of the Brexit decision was profound domestic political and economic turmoil in the UK. This […]

The UK after the 2015 General Election: Doomed to Be a ‘Failed State’?

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- This article was originally published with ‘E-International Relations (  on     11 June 2015- British politics has gone through turbulent times since the public referendum on Scottish independence took place in September 2014. A majority of Scottish voters narrowly backed remaining part of the United Kingdom after the opinion polls in the weeks before […]

Britain and the UKIP vision: Flirtation or destiny?

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The ghost of rising Euroscepticism has been haunting the European Union for a considerable amount of time. Since the onset of the global financial crisis the level of support for EU’s institutions and policies has dropped to worryingly low levels in many member states. The United Kingdom is consistently positioned at the bottom of the […]

Juncker, Tusk, Mogherini and the EU’s credibility crisis

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After months of public wrangling and backroom discussions over the selection of the candidates for the vacancies of key institutional posts the EU is now finally in a position to address its mounting internal and external challenges with a new guard of official representatives. The selection process itself resembled very much the traditional style of […]

Lessons from the Ukraine crisis: Why the EU should choose Sikorski as the new High Representative for Foreign Affairs

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With the strengthening of the role of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty the EU seemed to have made a decisive step towards enhancing the institutionalisation of foreign and security policy. Lisbon renamed the post of High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, which had been held by the […]

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