European Commission announces policy priorities for next mandate

European Commission announces policy priorities for next mandate

Posted on 03 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      This week the European Commission published its policy recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda from 2019-2024. The Executive’s priorities include measures to strengthen the European Security Union with the goal of developing a “genuine European Defence Union.” This measure is likely to cause further division among those member states who favour […] Read more...

Voters choose left-wing continuity but Madrid faces deadlock

Voters choose left-wing continuity but Madrid faces deadlock

Posted on 03 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        Sunday’s third general election in just four years highlighted the dramatic change in fortune for Spain’s two main political parties. Leader of the Socialist Workers’ party (PSEO) and outgoing Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, looks set to return to power with his party emerging as the biggest winner with an additional 37 […] Read more...

Macron reveals long-awaited plans to appease Gilets Jaunes

Macron reveals long-awaited plans to appease Gilets Jaunes

by Editor | Posted on 26 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

On Thursday evening, Emmanuel Macron launched “a new act of the Republic,” in response to the five months of ‘Gilet Jaunes’ protests. Macron spoke in front of 200 journalists for more than two hours at the Élysée Palace. In his speech, Macron said he had listened and drawn conclusions from his three-month voter listening exercise, […] Read more...

Comedian wins Ukrainian Presidential Election

Comedian wins Ukrainian Presidential Election

by Editor | Posted on 26 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Ukrainian Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky defeated former President Petro Poroshenko in the country’s presidential election. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that there is “a chance to improve relations with our country.” Pressure will now be mounted on the comedian, who currently stars in a TV series to show, that he knows what he is doing. Throughout […] Read more...

Stormont power vacuum back in the spotlight

Stormont power vacuum back in the spotlight

by Editor | Posted on 26 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

British Prime Minister Theresa May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Irish President Michael D Higgins, DUP Leader Arlene Foster and politicians from across the political divide attended the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Belfast on Wednesday.  Fr. Martin Magill, a Catholic priest asked during his  sermon in the Protestant Belfast Cathedral “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29 year old woman with […] Read more...

Brexit: State of Play

Brexit: State of Play

by Editor | Posted on 26 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

If Brexit goes ahead, the Scottish Nationalist Party under Nicola Sturgeon will seek another referendum before the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Sturgeon suggested that the case for independence is “even stronger now”, given the “profound changes” that have occurred since 2014. Brexit has been a political gift to the SNP.  62 percent of Scots rejected it, […] Read more...

EU announces $20bn worth of proposed tariffs on US goods

EU announces $20bn worth of proposed tariffs on US goods

by Editor | Posted on 19 Apr 2019

The European Union has proposed tariffs on $20bn of US goods. This comes after a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling last month which said the U.S. government had failed to end illegal support of Boeing. European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said “European Countries must be able to compete on fair and equal terms. The […] Read more...

Pelosi Backs the Good Friday Agreement

Pelosi Backs the Good Friday Agreement

by Editor | Posted on 19 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Nancy Pelosi is the only woman to have served as speaker of the House, and is the highest-ranking elected woman in United States history. Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday evening, Mrs Pelosi said the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a model that could not be “bargained away in another agreement… if […] Read more...

Slovenian PM speaks out against Brussels

Slovenian PM speaks out against Brussels

by Editor | Posted on 19 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

It is rare for a small country in the European Union to question the inner workings of Brussels. Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, in office for less than a year, has called the Euroepan Parliament President Tajani unfit to hold office and accused Jean Claude Juncker of being biased against Slovenia. Italian Antonio Tajani has, […] Read more...

Energy Union Strategy is delivering

Energy Union Strategy is delivering

Posted on 12 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted this week, highlights the progress of the European Commission’s Energy Union strategy. In recent years, the European Union has been fighting climate change at a rapidly increasing rate. European policies implemented over the last five years have sought to put the […] Read more...

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