A “Beautiful Fence”

The EU establishment starts to feel the squeeze as Hungary’s Victor Orbán sets out his vision for the future of the bloc. Continue reading A “Beautiful Fence”

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The Beginning of the End for Merkel

Hacks, journalists, political vampires, and just plain writers may have only a few months remaining to use the collective Three M’s of European Politics. Not that May, Macron, and Merkel really hang out together, or agree on anything worth writing about… My warning to alliteration-addicted wordsmiths comes as the state elections in Bavaria hurtle ever closer. The main (read: nigh-only) party, the Christian Social Union … Continue reading The Beginning of the End for Merkel

Have the airstrikes on Syria cost us more than we bargained for?

As I turned over in my bed at 8:30am this morning, the sound of the BBC News alert began to ring in my ear. My eyes winced as I checked the notification on my phone, slowly adjusting to the brightness of my room. There it was, Breaking News: ‘’Air Strikes on Syria were a “highly successful mission” says UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’’. I do … Continue reading Have the airstrikes on Syria cost us more than we bargained for?

Viktor Orbán Increases His Majority

As a surprise to no one, Viktor Orbán wins the Hungarian General Election and secures his Fidesz party a third term in office, with himself at the helm of the most critical and outspoken member state of the European Union’s migration policy. Opinion polls had shown support for the government, putting the nationalist-conservative party between 50 and 55 percent – consistently – from the beginning … Continue reading Viktor Orbán Increases His Majority