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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Ukraine conflict: the regime will finish what it started

19 February 2014

19 February 2014
Miscalculation from both sides led to a spectacular escalation into violence, but returning from the brink is now unlikely.
Dr Andrew Wilson, SSEES


Things are pretty frightening in Kiev, where I am an accidental witness to this week's spectacular descent into violence. All sides in Ukraine have miscalculated, but they are not all equally guilty. The moderate opposition parties in parliament, led by the boxer Vitali Klitschko, did not consult fully with the Maidan Square protesters when they were negotiating possible compromise over the weekend.

A big group of protesters therefore left Kiev's central square, which is the protesters' last redoubt, to march on parliament to show they still counted. But the chair of parliament refused to allow discussion of any of the key motions on a new government or on giving that government real power by changing the constitution.

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