Drazen Simic

Catalonia, a prosperous region in the northeast of Spain, seems still to be largely associated with Barcelona, holidays, football and sun by the outside world. This may change, however, because of the region’s divisive political moment. The central issue is that of Catalan independence from Spain. The Catalan society is fairly evenly split on the… » read more

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Difficult times call for clarity and unity. This is plainly true of the European Union. The global economic crisis, huge influx of refugees, Brexit and the arrival of Donald Trump are all formidable challenges. The European economy is in fact doing reasonably well, which must be a source of some relief for governments throughout the… » read more

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It is often claimed, so much so that it has become conventional wisdom, that there is no European political identity because there is no viable European identity. European allegiances and identities are simply too fragmented apparently. If this is the case it follows that there can be no truly European politics because the conditions have… » read more

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European Union and Russia have drifted apart dangerously over the war in Ukraine. Although resolving the crisis should be a top priority in EU capitals, Moscow and beyond, it has been allowed to continue and fester, relegated below the refugee crisis, Greek financial meltdown and presumably whichever next big story. Things may seem to be… » read more

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