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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

The Abbott’s tale

By |August 27th, 2020|

The Abbot(t)’s tale The Prime Minister, demonstrating an extraordinary vote of no confidence in Britain’s reserves of domestic talent, and perhaps an even more extraordinary insouciance towards the extremely technical nature of contemporary international commercial [...]

Can Johnson avoid a no-deal Brexit?

By |August 13th, 2020|

This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine. There was a time when Brexit was the only thing we wanted to talk about. Now it seems to be a conversation stopper on both sides [...]

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The EU and media freedom

By |August 13th, 2020|

This is a shortened version of a joint article by Eszter Nagy and Roger Casale published on Voxeurop on 28th July 2020 (No impunity for the abuse of press freedom in Hungary).   No sooner [...]