EU enlargement

As Armenia moves closer to the EU, Russia is taking advantage of the country’s economic and geopolitical vulnerabilities to maintain its influence.

Like many former Soviet-states, Armenia has recently pursued closer relations with the EU, much to Russia’s displeasure. Hayk Hovhannisyan looks at Russia’s increasingly punitive stance towards Armenia, such as increasing gas prices and greater arms sales to Armenia’s rival, Azerbaijan. Armenia has been trying to walk a fine line not to infuriate the ‘bear’ to the north, but now, without […]

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Czechoslovakia’s dissolution may offer important lessons in the UK’s debate over EU membership.

This week David Cameron committed to holding a referendum in the UK over EU membership, if re-elected in 2015. Joshua Tucker writes that Czechoslovakia’s split in 1993 offers some valuable lessons for the current situation. He argues that that country’s voluntary break-up illustrates how if politicians threaten secession as a way to extract concessions, this can lead to unexpected and […]

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David Cameron’s argument will fool no-one, and will relegate the existing EU-UK relationship to the periphery.

Julian Priestley takes an in-depth look at David Cameron’s speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe. He finds that that it fell into familiar Eurosceptic fallacies about the EU, ignored linkages between regulation and the internal market, and overestimated the UK’s chances of renegotiating the relationship with the EU. Instead, he writes, this morning’s speech was solely designed to shore […]

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Seven hazards in David Cameron’s intended European policy

This week sees UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s long anticipated (and delayed) speech on the UK’s relationship with the EU. Michael Emerson sets out seven major hazards that his expected policy positions will have to overcome, ranging from defining its core objective, problems with the referendum process, and the economic costs of generating uncertainty over the EU/UK relationship.  Unless the […]

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Sunday’s election confirms that a majority of Catalans support independence, but there are deep divisions over what an independent Catalonia should look like.

A majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament are now held by parties with a commitment to holding a referendum on independence. Joan Costa i Font writes that while there is a clear mandate for putting a referendum to the population, there is little agreement between parties on how a Catalonian state should be organised. A key priority for the […]

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Resolving relations with Kosovo is a key obstacle to Serbia joining the EU.

Serbia was awarded EU candidacy status at the beginning of this year. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik and Alexander Wochnik write that while recognition of Kosovo’s independence is not a formal requirement for Serbia’s membership of the EU, the ruling Serbian Renewal Party has used the Kosovo issue as a way to gain support among the country’s conservative voters. It may be a […]

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