Economic recovery, migration, populism and Macron. 2017 was a year of challenges and hope that Considering Europe’s team analysed from different perspectives. We gathered some of our pieces and reconstructed the political history of 2017 with an eye on what 2018 will bring.
One of the defining images of the recent political events in Poland came on 24th July, as both the President, Andrzej Duda, and Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, addressed the nation on TV. Viewers of State TV (TVP) would have been forgiven for not realising the President’s live speech had been bypassed to show the Prime Minister’s recorded address first, only to then broadcast Duda’s message.
In the referendum of April 16, 2017, 51.3% of Turkish voters approved of proposed amendments to the constitution, which will diminish checks and balances on executive power. The referendum did not bring Turkey politically closer to the European Union - it worsened a relationship that was already deteriorating. But there was a time when the two shared a common interest in building a closer alliance.
The UK government’s plan for the future customs arrangements and transition period show how little the Trade department knows about trade. Time for the Brexiteers to prepare for a hard border.
Public sentiment toward migrants is rapidly changing in Italy. The Interior Ministry asked NGOs saving migrants off the Libyan coast to sign a code of conduct in order to regulate their activities. Italy is focusing on the wrong problem, and formulating the wrong solutions.
A new protest movement in opposition to the Russian government is gaining momentum. Many media outlets have drawn attention to the participation of Russian youth, particularly teenagers, in recent demonstrations. But how significant are they for contemporary Russian politics?
‘We can’t upset the market’, ‘Brussels decided’, ‘Brexit means Brexit’, ‘Some change is better than no change’. A good politician is pragmatic, does what needs to be done. But we have lost sight of what we believe in, and might lose the EU because of it.
After a number of postponements, the King of Spain’s state visit to the UK finally gets underway on 12 July 2017. Felipe VI is widely expected to raise the delicate matter of Gibraltar. If the history of the small British peninsula is any good indication of its future, it may become a bone of contention … Continue reading The Rocky Road of Gibraltarian Diplomacy
Soft Power could be the key in creating a shared sense of European identity. Popular culture, common European values, politics and, more than anything, effective communication could solve more problems on the continent than any meeting in Brussels. The EU should learn from its opponents and start by telling stories.
The recent outbreak of measles in Italy is another confirmation of how damaging the anti-scientific stance of protest parties can be. A misleading campaign with the motto “vaccinate less, vaccinate better” by the Five Star Movement convinced a worrying number of Italian parents not to follow the doctors’ advice.