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The Future of International Organisations

The Future of International Organisations

Support for global cooperation has significantly eroded in the last years, raising key challenges for the future of international organisations and the current multilateral system broadly defined. Yet, as the world is facing the threat of Covid19, can one imagine a...

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Brexit: a Bright Spot among Clouds

Brexit: a Bright Spot among Clouds

After months of ironclad refusal to reopen negotiations, the EU had to admit that its solution to prevent to hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland – the infamous backstop provision to seal off, if needed, the Irish island from British mainland – would...

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International Summitry: Innovation at the G7

International Summitry: Innovation at the G7

In 2018 at La Malbaie in Quebec, Canada, the G7 meeting ended with the spectacular last-minute withdrawal of US President Trump’s support for the carefully negotiated joint declaration. In 2019 in Biarritz, France, the US President not only supported the joint...

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From Bad to Worse

From Bad to Worse

Divorces often turn sour and Brexit – the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) – is, unfortunately, a case in point. Initiated by a referendum that was an electoral promise of the British Conservative Party to address an enduring internal...

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Brexit Agony: Lessons Learned for Negotiators

Brexit Agony: Lessons Learned for Negotiators

Defeat in the House of Commons of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU was largely expected. And defeat there was, to an unprecedented extent in the House of Commons’ history. As we now stand very close to the chosen deadline of 29 March 2019...

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Mayday! Mayday! Europe and political leadership

Mayday! Mayday! Europe and political leadership

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, survived the confidence vote requested by conservative party members of parliament challenging her leadership. Charles Michel, the Belgian Prime Minister, won a vote to support his government’s decision to endorse the Global...

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