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Guest blog post by Leo Watson, freelance writer.   Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydlo announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydlo did not cite security… » read more

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Guest blog post by Milan Nitzschke, spokesperson for AEGIS Europe & President of EU ProSun. Any partnership or friendship must be based on clarity and openness. In contrast the relationship between Europe and China, as understood by many Europeans is all about not upsetting the Chinese government and not communicating clear positions vis-a-vis issues of… » read more

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The Schengen Agreement not only carries an historical importance for a continent where frontiers had long been a major cause for devastating conflicts. The abolition of border controls within the EU has also brought huge tangible benefits to individuals and businesses in a variety of ways including mobility, trade, and security. It is appalling how… » read more

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Guest blog post by Rosangela Berman Bieler, Senior Adviser, Children with Disabilities, UNICEF. Last week, to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I travelled to Brussels to take part in the Day of Persons with Disabilities conference organized by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum. This year, it focused on children… » read more

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Guest blog post by Inês Sofia de Oliveira, Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a new Directive and Action Plan on Terrorism and illegal trafficking of firearms and explosives. The proposal intends to bring the European Union’s member states approaches closer together in… » read more

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Rodrigo Vaz is currently a Graduate Attaché Researcher at the British Institute in Eastern Africa.     “Rumsfeld said he didn’t want Old Europe anyway, but New Europe. By Old Europe he means old, established countries like France and Germany; by New Europe he means countries like Srovovia, Tlavokia, Vurviria, countries where tractors are heads… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Scottish journalist Jack Cairns, first published on Europe’s Footsteps. Find Jack Cairns on Twitter, here. The British government’s decision to send 75 military advisors to aid the Ukrainian army has been seen by many experts as more symbolic than significant. If this is the case: why bother? Rewind the clock fifty years,… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Daniele Brunetto. After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is compared to other factors: the answer is “it depends”, and the EU should seriously evaluate all the influencing factors before imposing sanctions – scaling back when needed. On 29… » read more

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While the western world is proud of its exhausted peace doves Merkel and Hollande, Kiev is facing an incredibly difficult task. The only winner of the Minsk-talks last week is Putin; he finally pushed back the EU and NATO from his borders, writes Coen van de Ven. Coen van de Ven is a Dutch journalist… » read more

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