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The Weekly Recap – September 22nd to September 29th

French start strikes on ISIS, get one hostage killed. As part of a global coalition finally put together to stop the atrocities carried out by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, France followed the US in launching airstrikes against various strategic facilities previously captured by the group’s militants, oil refineries for example. However, as a response, another Islamic group located in …

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Centre-left returns to power in Sweden : a difficult line to tread

The Swedish general elections set on September 14th might be a pyrrhic victory for the Social Democrats. Results of the Swedish latest election are clear : the centre-left bloc won 43.7% of the vote, ahead of 39.3% for Fredrik Reinfeldt’s centre-right ruling coalition. The opposition party is therefore certain to return to power even if short of majority. Indeed, the …

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The Weekly Recap – September 22nd to September 29th

Last week, a certain number of events took place and are worth paying special attention to. United kingdom will remain… united ! Scotland rejected independence by 55% to 45%. Following the “no” vote, First Minister Alexander Salmond announced he would resign as SNP leader and therefore First Minister. As for the commitments on extra powers, David Cameron stated that they …

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A New Architecture For The European Commission: Will “Project Teams” Improve Leadership In The EU?

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced earlier this month that he would give EU leadership a new architecture through the building of the so-called “Project teams” around his 6 Vice-Presidents. Meant to allow a more inclusive and dynamic interaction between European Commissioners, this new structure at the top level of the European Commission is the technical tool chosen by Mr. Juncker to …

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Why do the oil prices are so weak?

Since June 2014, in spite of the recent major geopolitical events, the oil prices are falling under the symbolic 100 US dollars per barrel. Four factors explain this unexpected drop. Firstly, two current geopolitical crisis (in Iraq and Libya) were supposed to impact the oil markets, but they didn’t. Indeed, in Iraq, the large part of the oil resources is …

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The Weekly Recap – September 1st to September 8th

Last week, a certain number of events took place and are worth paying special attention to. After Kiev appeared on the verge of crushing the rebellion, separatist fighters have made significant gains against the Ukrainian army. As hundred of troops may have been killed in the defeat of a Ukrainian force trapped southeast of Donetsk and coastguard vessel was reportedly …

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The Weekly Recap – July 7th to July 14th

Last week, a certain number of events took place and are worth paying special attention to. A quarter century after the Cold War ended, double agents still gets uncovered in Germany : Germany recently asked CIA station chief in Berlin to leave country. Thanks to Edward Snowden, Berlin already knew that America’s NSA regularly listened into the mobile phone conversations …

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