Dražen Šimić

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It is widely acknowledged that Europe is facing a number of formidable, sometimes unprecedented challenges. Rising inequality, terrorism, environmental concerns, crime, Brexit, fake news and immigration are some of the more pressing ones, according to both ordinary Europeans and political institutions. We can safely add the threat of radical, nationalist movements wishing to do away… » read more

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  Any independent Catalan state would undoubtedly find itself outside the European Union. This has now been determined beyond doubt and it is important that the Catalans know it. We have a statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that unequivocally places Catalonia outside the organisation. Mr Juncker said that an independent Catalonia would have… » 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

Posted by Drazen Simic