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February 7, 2016, by Asli Aydintasbas of the European Council on Foreign Relation

As if the housing of 2.5 million Syrian refugees, a dangerous escalation with Russia, and jitters over a string of Kurdish victories on its southern border were not enough, Turkey […]

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Opinion: Nothing can be taken for granted

February 5, 2016, by Christoph Hasselbach of Deutsche Welle

“If you don’t like being with us, then leave.” It has long been fashionable among continental Europeans to react with demonstrative ...

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Under pressure, Europe sees return of nation states

February 2, 2016, by Jamie Dettmer of VOANews

A European Union founding father, Jean Monnet, once claimed, “Crises are the great unifier.” For Europeans that is not proving true today. The ...

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Opinion: EU levels empty Schengen threat at Greece

January 27, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

The EU’s current plan is to protect external borders and, if necessary, expel Greece – not from the eurozone, but from the Schengen Area. ...

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    Opinion: Greece – a lost year
    January 25, 2016, by Spiros Moskovou of Deutsche Welle

    After his surprisingly clear election victory, the people’s tribune Alexis Tsipras formed a new government in record time with the right-wing populist Anel party. Back then, Tsipras was promising an […]

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    Where is Poland headed?
    January 19, 2016, by Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Does Polish national-conservative leader Jarosław Kaczyński have a plan? Or are his policy decisions (which are often rushed through literally overnight) based purely on an unquenched thirst for power at […]

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    Year in Review: Politics in Bulgaria in 2015
    December 31, 2015, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Politically, the year 2015 was in the main a good one for Bulgarian Prime Minister and GERB party leader Boiko Borissov, as opinion polls showed that he alone among party […]