Court blocks Catalan independence bill

Spain’s Constitutional Court revokes Catalonia’s parliamentary motion that set in motion a process of unilaterally breaking away from the rest of the country.

The European Commission adopted on Wednesday (2 December) a package of measures to combat terrorism and arms trafficking, including criminalising travel “for terrorist purposes”.

Nato officially invited Montenegro to join the organisation on Wednesday. Expanding the military alliance at this point in time is a provocation for Moscow, some commentators criticise. Others see the move as an important step towards stabilising the Balkans.

Environmental commentator Geoffrey Lean annouced he was “pushed out” of the Telegraph two days before COP21. What’s going on at Britain’s biggest broadsheet?

Geoffrey Lean, RTCC, fair use:

Dr Liam Fox is a British MP and former secretary of state for defence. Sally A. Painter is on the Board of Directors for the US Committee for NATO Enlargement and COO of Blue Star Strategies, LLC.

MAIN FOCUS: COP21: Voluntary action or binding regulations? | 30/11/2015

The international community is meeting to discuss steps to limit global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Not all states can commit to binding climate objectives, some commentators stress. Others see an agreement with sanction mechanisms as a chance for politicians to regain the people’s confidence.

COP21: Coal plans to derail 2 degrees

Attempts to keep global warming to 2 degrees will be wildly off course if all planned coal fire plants around the world are built.
COP21: a diary from Paris

oDR correspondent Angelina Davydova is in Paris attending COP21, where she’s keeping her eye on the Russian side of things…

Ole Jensen/Demotix

As fears grow over the outcome of UN talks, the hard work will focus on how to hold nations to their pledges

IMG_9576It is now 7 months since the US publication launched its European operation. Enough time to reflect on what does, and does not, work with it. In this blog entry I am going to try to give a fair and balanced view of the publication so far. I have canvassed views on my personal Facebook profile, through Twitter (original tweet here), and some people have emailed me in confidence, and this blog entry draws on that. I have no access to any aspect of Politico PRO (I am too poor to have cash to subscribe), so this covers what is available for free on the Politico Europe website, free by e-mail, and in the printed edition.

Britain’s Labour party launches EU ‘in’ campaign

Britain’s opposition Labour Party today (1 December) launched its campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union, focusing on the common security angle by saying that the Paris terror attacks showed the need to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with its European partners.

Earlier today I blogged about Politico Europe. My blog entry outlined some good points about it, but found failings too, and was the result of many conversations with many respected people over a couple of weeks. One of the points I raised was that Politico does not react well to criticism… so I was then subjected to quite an extraordinary series of attacks on Twitter from three of their journalists – Matthew Kaminski (Editor), Matthew Karnitschnig (Chief Germany Correspondent), and especially Tara Palmeri (Correspondent). I’ve taken screenshots of the relevant tweets and include them here:


Fellow Euroblogger Jon Worth* this morning published a commentary on Politico Europe, the news outlet I let my European Studies summer school students read every morning this August. What followed needs some serious academic attention, and serious attention is what you are going to get in this blog post.

Having seen Jon blog for years now*, his article was quite a balanced text (he can write stuff that is quite strong and one-sided, believe me). His research exceeded the empirical work some students would invest in a term paper. Yes, the post was opinionated, but if you’ve ever seen the readership statistics for a balanced blog post, you never want to write one again. So don’t blame a blogger for being opinionated.

Paris attacks: The investigation so far

What we have learnt so far about investigations in France and Belgium following the attacks in Paris.

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