Will/should the EU do militarily something more in Africa?

While talking about EU defence, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also many others, said Europe had a keen interest in stabilizing Africa: As Europeans, we want a coordinated approach there. But should the EU, Europeans really step up the military role in Africa, military wise what can we realistically do in Africa? Read few comments. Continue reading

Future of EU debate: Any progress?

For few months we have five EU future scenarios on the table, Commission published couple of reflection papers and EU leaders will look at a number of the most pressing issues, including migration, security and defence, and economy at the upcoming summit. How do you assess the debate we have on the future of Europe, do you see a progress? Read few comments.

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Will the result of UK election affect Brexit talks?

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Cape Verde as a model of African democracy?

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Luis Filipe Tavares, Foreign Minister of Cape Verde recently visited Slovakia. (R) Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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What can Emmanuel Macron mean for the EU future?

Emmanuel Macron says: I’m a pro-European, I defended constantly during this election the European idea. I do consider that my mandate will be at the same to reform in depth the European Union and our European project. But how (un)realistic is this vision of in depth EU reform, where can he find allies and what might be the biggest obstacles for him? Read few comments.

Emmanuel Macron. Credit: https://en-marche.fr/

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Marine Le Pen and the state of European far-right

There is somehow mixed record of populist far-right parties in the current elections in Europe. Austrian Freedom Party candidate lost presidential elections. Dutch Geert Wilders was hardly satisfied with his result, German AfD, though election will take place only in autumn, is losing in the polls. On the other hand French Marine Le Pen is polling on 40 percent which is quite impressive though she is probably going to lose to Emmanuel Macron. European populist far-right is hardly homogeneous but what next for those movements, do you think we might see some changes in their messages, tactics, direction or they will largely stick to the anti-establishment message? Read few comments.

Marine Le Pen. Credit: http://www.frontnational.com/

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Brexit and the EU-UK war of words

Media reports said that after PM Theresa May-EC President Jean-Claude Juncker dinner EU officials described PM May as being in a different galaxy re Brexit negotiations. May reacted that Juncker will now see that she can be bloody difficult woman and that EU is seeking to affect result of British election.The atmosphere is hardly great even without the real negotiations. How do you read this, is this just a war of words or does it probably indicates that the negotiation will be extremely difficult, even pretty harsh? Read few comments.

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