A little over two years ago, the refugee crisis broke out in Europe. Panic gripped European leaders as thousands of people arrived at their borders, fleeing war and persecution. It was the highest number of forcibly displaced persons the world had encountered since the aftermath of World War 2.
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.