Is Europe toughening up at last?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2020


In nearly 70 years of Europe’s union, member states have learnt a valuable lesson – they have free will, access to pooled funds and the ability to stare down unwelcome directives and regulations from the bloc’s executive authority, the European Commission. Now, not so much. On July 29, the European Union actually announced that it … Continue reading “Is Europe toughening up at last?”

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How much will the EU’s ‘historic’ new deal change life in Europe?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 26, 2020 / The National


For the first time in nearly seven decades of Europe’s union, the 27-member bloc is prepared to jointly raise billions of euros on the capital markets. It is rare for European solidarity to go beyond declarations of shared values, the thicket of common regulations, cluster of continent-wide institutions and the more partial 19-country eurozone. The … Continue reading “How much will the EU’s ‘historic’ new deal change life in Europe?”

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A new dawn for Europe?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2020


  The moment fit the significance of what was being announced. “Europe has shown it is able to break new ground,” German chancellor Angela Merkel said at a dawn press conference in Brussels. European Council president Charles Michel added that the bloc’s agreement on coronavirus recovery funds was “a pivotal moment” for Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron … Continue reading “A new dawn for Europe?”

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Lafayette Square is not Tiananmen Square

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2020 / The Focus


Exactly 31 years ago today, a powerful military stamped out a peaceful protest by idealistic young people. It became known as the Tiananmen Square massacre, a categorisation to which China objects and which it has tried to scrub from its peoples’ memory. But this year’s anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown has been overtaken by … Continue reading “Lafayette Square is not Tiananmen Square”

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The great game…in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2020


Europe is fighting hard to be relevant to Africa, its nearest continental neighbour. Today (Feb. 10) is the Africa Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia and AU headquarters. And it’s drawn European Council president Charles Michel – he’s been in Addis since Sunday – for some two dozen bilateral meetings with African … Continue reading “The great game…in Africa”

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But, of course, the EU Must Recognize Palestine. The alternative is more drastic

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2019


With the US steadily working with Israel to obliterate hopes for a two-state solution, Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian journalist, has suggested we are at a fork in the road. Writing in Project Syndicate, Mr Kuttab said, “If European leaders – or, indeed, any others around the world – want to advance a vision of … Continue reading “But, of course, the EU Must Recognize Palestine. The alternative is more drastic”

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France wants to be primus inter pares in Europe despite a junked nominee for commissioner

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2019


Two recent developments indicate the internal political flux within the European Union and the jostling underway for the role of primus inter pares (first among equals). Today, North Macedonia and Albania met EU ministers in the hope of starting talks to join the bloc. Paris is opposed. This, on account of the usual scepticism about … Continue reading “France wants to be primus inter pares in Europe despite a junked nominee for commissioner”

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Just how wide is the Atlantic?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 18, 2019


The Atlantic is the second largest of the world’s oceans. At 106,460,000 square kilometres, it covers roughly 20 per cent of the earth’s surface. Right now, it seems wider than ever before. The old world – Europe – and the new – America – are at odds, unable to see points of compromise and, more to the point, even … Continue reading “Just how wide is the Atlantic?”

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Brexit and the April showers effect on British weddings

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2018


Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, once quipped that a bride is a woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. Come April, if she’s British she’s also likely to be empty-handed. Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. After that, the disruption to trade routes and protocol will affect … Continue reading “Brexit and the April showers effect on British weddings”

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A European Monetary Fund? Europe’s answer to Trump’s tormenting?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2018


The German Chancellor is thinking of a European Monetary Fund (EMF), ie “greater independence within Europe from the International Monetary Fund.” This is not a boring exercise in economic blue-skies thinking. And this is not a knee-jerk response to Donald Trump’s extraordinary behaviour at the G6+1 summit in Canada when the US president treated allies … Continue reading “A European Monetary Fund? Europe’s answer to Trump’s tormenting?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK