Homage to Catalonia

The tension between the local and the national is not a recent development in human affairs. From America’s “Out of Many, One” to Europe’s “Ever Closer Union”, political thinkers and politicians have recognised the need to address this friction. The failure to resolve it led to the Confederacy seceding from the United States of America, the Republic of Ireland breaking away from the United Kingdom, and, more recently, the United Kingdom voting for Brexit.

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The Separatist Farce

Spain is currently facing its worst crisis since the return of democracy. Catalan nationalism has been a looming threat to Spain’s stability since its origin; but it is now, at the height of its power and influence, when this threat has materialised into a separatist movement ready to break with Spain at any cost and in any way…

A European Legacy: Helmut Kohl and Simone Veil

Amidst threats to European integrity and credibility, Helmut Kohl and Simone Veil, two pillars of European history and lifelong believers in the European idea, passed away in June 2017. With isolationist and Eurosceptic trends gaining more traction recently in countries such as France, the UK and Italy, it is an adequate time to look upon the achievements of two such figures. While each of them is renowned in their respective country for their national policies, they shared the conviction that an important way to achieve those was through European integration and cooperation, and that national and supranational interests were not necessarily at odds…

Political Divisions in the European Union

I was born in Sofia. I’ve lived in Bulgaria, Hungary, France, and now the United Kingdom. Four very different countries, yet very similar in many regards. I was born French and Bulgarian, and the European Union has had a significant impact on my life: I don’t remember showing my passport at border checks, I’ve been able to spend summers in a dozen of European countries, and I am in the third year of an International Relations degree at King’s College London. Also, I have only seen war through a television screen, I have never been arrested arbitrarily, and I am able to express my uncensored opinion in this paper. The EU, its achievements, and the idea of a unified Europe are all very important to me. That’s why I can only be critical of its failures.

In Between Russia and the European Union

There are two gaps in Russia-EU relations at the moment. On the one hand, there is a growing political and economic gap due to Russia’s intervention into pro-European Ukraine and the EU’s subsequent sanctions on Russia. On the other hand, there is a shrinking territorial gap with the outbreak of the civil war in Ukraine backed up by Russia, not to mention the annexation of Crimea. The key problem and the solution to the current decline in the relations between the two is the gap itself: Ukraine.

The future of the Euro-zone: more integration or disintegration?

Overall, the European Union does not seem to have been particularly well-equipped to cope with the financial crisis, nor does it seem as yet to have the political will and capacity to truly move forward in the necessary process of political and fiscal integration¹.The crisis of the sovereign debt in the periphery of the eurozone seems to have been the consequence of the combined effect of the global financial crisis and the structural asymmetries that had affected the EMU from its establishment…