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Stand with Belarus – it’s a matter of principle

By |September 23rd, 2020|

This article was written for Euractiv Italia.   “Don’t leave Belarus alone!” That was the message of a conference organised by New Europeans with human rights campaigners from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia to mark International [...]

The Level Playing Field – What’s it all about?

By |September 21st, 2020|

In this Federal Trust podcast, the director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, discusses with Dr Andrew Blick, Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust, the current state of the Brexit negotiations and in particular [...]

Brexit: The choices become clearer

By |September 15th, 2020|

Mr Johnson’s decision last week to bring in a bill which will contravene a critical portion of the Withdrawal Agreement has at least had the merit of clarifying the real nature of Brexit and thus [...]

Brexit: Little lies have long legs

By |September 9th, 2020|

One of the more optimistic interpretations placed by some commentators on Boris Johnson’s crushing victory in the General Election last year was that his new large majority would make it easier for him to negotiate [...]

A Weird Midsummer Night’s Dream

By |September 4th, 2020|

by Isador Strakhovsky (also known as Ira Straus) On a late summer day in a 2020 that was already surreal, German medics announced that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok. It was the same [...]

Level Playing Field, Lopsided Logic?

By |September 2nd, 2020|

When the United Kingdom (UK) finally left the European Union (EU) earlier this year, it did so on the basis of a Withdrawal Agreement, attached to which was a Political Declaration. This latter text included [...]