Bursting the Bubble

Monthly Archives: June 2017

Macron’s EUtopia of equals: Should France be pointing fingers at others while undermining the EU?

28 June 2017 | by

After the presidential and parliamentary victories of Emmanuel Macron and his party earlier this year, many in Europe expect that the EU will rise from the self-defeating lethargy of slow demise. Expectations are high among the EU establishment who have welcomed this as an opportunity to finally press ahead with more integration – expectations that […]

Taming the Bear: How EU Sanctions fail against Russia

2 June 2017 | by

Skepticism towards the efficacy of sanctions is wide-spread, and in fact most of the literature to be found on the topic is deeply pessimistic. Thus, three years into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and after the European Union and allies imposed sanctions on Moscow, it is hardly surprising that those measures did not lead […]