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Opinion pieces

  • The Wall Street Journal, 19 March 2012

    Welcome to the European Union Home for the Economically Insane. We care for nations dealing with status anxiety, paranoia and low self-esteem, or those who are simply drifting into a senile old age. Please follow me on the guided tour.

  • Mark Lynas.org, 15 March 2012

    Dear Mr Cameron,

    We write because we believe you have been misled by four prominent environmentalists who contacted you recently about nuclear power.

  • The Times, 09 March 2012

    Letter to the editor (The Times)

    Sir, You say that the situation in Afghanistan is "not chaos" [see leading article 8 March 2012]. This assertion does not ring true.

  • Jane's Defence Weekly, 09 March 2012

    The US disengagement from Europe is permanent, according to a new CER report

    The US step-back from Europe, combined with the harsh current economic climate, will force NATO to rein in its ambitions, the report argues
     

  • Europe's world, 07 March 2012

    History, geography and economics are all responsible for the UK’s deep-seated euroscepticism, says Charles Grant. But now these forces are strengthening so that Britain could easily leave the Union within 10 years. He sets out tactics for countering that.

  • Le Temps, 28 February 2012

    Sans doute Moscou fait-il de la realpolitik en s’opposant à un projet de résolution du Conseil de sécurité exigeant le départ de Bachar el-Assad. Toutefois, la diplomatie russe a raison de penser qu’un tel texte serait intenable.

  • E!Sharp, 03 February 2012

    Critics of the EU's External Action Service (EEAS) agree that its creation will hardly be remembered as a high point in the annals of European foreign policy. Some say that the EU's quasi-diplomatic corps does not yet work well because its leadership, under Baroness Cathy Ashton, suffers from inexperience and a poverty of ambition.

  • The Daily Telegraph, 27 January 2012

    Another excellent paper by Simon Tilford from the Centre for European Reform.