Digest: Europe has no Russia policy whatsoever, says Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Digest: Europe has no Russia policy whatsoever, says Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Ilves maintains that the European Union has no Russia policy whatsoever. “The union is divided between national mercantile interests and positions of principle,” he said. While 18 EU member states expelled Russian diplomats as a response to the attack on a former GRU agent with a nerve agent in Salisbury earlier this month, others, most […]

Europe's Cold Weather Will Keep Going Into April

Europe's Cold Weather Will Keep Going Into April

By March 29, 2018, 12:00 AM EDT The cold weather that kept most of northern Europe in the freezer this month will last into April as a high pressure over Scandinavia will keep any signs of spring at bay. Europe’s energy markets are still reeling from two bouts of freezing weather, from Siberia and the […]

Brexit brings Europe together as Britain starts packing its bags

Brexit brings Europe together as Britain starts packing its bags

In Brussels, Paris and Berlin, in Rome and Warsaw, the clocks will be striking midnight on 29 March 2019 and history will be made: for the first time in Europe’s post-war integration story, a country will leave the European Union. As the EU counts down to Britain’s departure, Brexit has proven to be an unexpected […]

Insufficient Fecundity in Europe

Insufficient Fecundity in Europe

Without immigrants to replenish its ranks, Europe runs the risk of dying off, Eurostat data show. Every single country in the European Union suffers from a sub-replacement fertility rate, meaning that on average two parents have fewer than 2 children. Coupled with longer life expectancy, low fertility rates in Europe and the rest of the […]

Europe set to get tough over Iran's ballistic missiles

Europe set to get tough over Iran's ballistic missiles

JEDDAH: EU ambassadors discussed on Wednesday possible new sanctions on Iran. A decision regarding such action may be taken at a foreign ministers’ meeting next month.“The idea is to have a final decision on Iran sanctions by — or at — the April Foreign Affairs Council,” one diplomat told Reuters in Brussels, referring to the […]

EU plan to improve army logistics across Europe

EU plan to improve army logistics across Europe

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (28 March) a plan to improve military mobility between member states, as part of a wider effort to step up its defence capacities. The debate over Europe’s ability to project troops on and across its territory was launched by the US and Nato in 2014 after Russia’s invasion of […]

Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain, by Robert Saunders

Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain, by Robert Saunders

In 1975, Britain held its first national referendum on whether to remain in the European Communities (as the European Union then was), which we had joined in 1973. The outcome was a resounding victory by a two-to‑one majority for the pro-Europeans. “The verdict”, prime minister Harold Wilson declared, had “been given by a bigger vote, […]

Escape from LibyaEurope is sending African migrants home. Will they stay?

Escape from LibyaEurope is sending African migrants home. Will they stay?

ONCE considered the smartest hangout in town, the Benin Plaza motel in southern Nigeria’s Benin City has seen better days. Its chalet-style rooms are normally empty, and the Moat Bar, which promises “groovy nights and exotic cocktails”, has fallen into disrepair. For the Plaza’s recent influx of guests, though, the motel is the first comfortable […]