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The European Union is NOT good for security

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer in International Relations | March 12, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement on Feb. 20 of a “special status” for the United Kingdom in the European Union (EU) briefly boosted support for staying in — if only because he dominated the news. However, support will decline before the referendum on June 23, particularly on the issue of “national security,” which he falsely offered … Continue reading »

Terrorism in Paris: hard lessons for soft borders

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer in International Relations | November 15, 2015

Terrorism in Paris is not France’s fault, it’s Europe’s fault. In less than three hours on the night of Friday 13 November 2015, seven men killed 129 people, wounded 352, mostly with small arms (their suicide explosives were used to martyr themselves at the end of their killing sprees). The Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, … Continue reading »

Why the rift between Eastern and Western Europe on the refugee crisis?

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | September 9, 2015

It has been hard not to notice in recent days the difference in attitude between European Union member states on solidarity towards the refugees crisis in Europe. Germany and Sweden have decided to show solidarity. Demonstrations in various European countries have shown a welcoming attitude towards the refugees from war zones in Syria and elsewhere. … Continue reading »

Is Putin out to destroy the EU?

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | December 15, 2014

By Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Associate Professor of Economics; Gerard Roland, Professor of Economics; and Edward W. Walker, Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, tensions between Russia and the West have not abated. Nonetheless, it has been striking how much support Putin still enjoys in Europe, from intellectuals and politicians, from the … Continue reading »