British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to renegotiate the way EU free movement rules are applied in the UK. Brad Blitz writes that the recent shift in tone from Cameron and other British politicians is not only at odds with previous policies, it reflects a clear misreading of EU provisions regarding the free movement of people. […]
The EU has agreed new emissions targets, but what hope is there for a global climate agreement in 2015?
Overnight, EU leaders agreed to new climate change targets under which greenhouse gas emissions will be cut to at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. The discussions were aimed at agreeing a common EU position ahead of UN climate talks in Paris next year. Looking ahead to the UN summit, Robert Falkner writes that beyond the […]
A surge in support for independents and fringe parties is leading to an increasingly fragmented Irish party system
The 2011 Irish general election is generally regarded as an ‘earthquake election’, with the governing Fianna Fáil party – traditionally the dominant force in Irish politics – suffering heavy losses and a Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition coming to power in its place. With the next general election due to be held within 18 months, Rory Costello assesses how party […]
The Syrian town of Kobane has been under siege from Islamic State (IS) forces since September. Given that Kobane is located on the Turkish border, one of the key debates in the conflict has been over potential Turkish involvement, with the country so far holding back from providing any substantial support to the Kurdish forces defending the town. Marianna […]
Europe is witnessing the establishment of a new regional order, built on territories such as Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country
This year has seen an independence referendum in Scotland, a contested debate over a proposed independence consultation in Catalonia and growing momentum behind independence movements elsewhere in Europe. Igor Calzada writes that the debates taking place within countries like Spain and the UK offer an example of what he terms ‘post-independence’. He argues that political devolution, economic development and […]