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The Fallout of the Helsinki Summit: Undermining Transatlantic Relations?

Oliver Schmidtke , Director of the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria By all accounts, the meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin was bizarre. While the American intelligence community unanimously came to the conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 Presidential election and indicted12 Russian...
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The EU summit in Brussels: Migration as a highly divisive issue

By Oliver Schmidtke , Director of Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria Going into the Brussels summit, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the fate of the European Union would ‘hang in the balance’. For too long, the EU has not been able to find a common approach to governing migration and asylum in terms of a...
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European Migration Crisis Escalates

Oliver Schmidtke, director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in an interview with CBC News Network. Hundreds of migrants on their way to Spain over the weekend, after Italy blocked the ship from its port. France’s president Macron criticized Italy, while Italian politicians called this statement hypocritical. How...
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EUROPE's NOW Special feature "Governing the Migration Crisis"

CEDoM's new activity: The new special feature of EUROPE NOW with the focus on Governing the Migration Crisis - Introduction by Oliver Schmidtke, Jennifer Elrick and Nicole Shea "Over the past several years, we have reached a new quality in the global migration crisis: The years 2015 and 2016 were the most turbulent in recent history of refugee...
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New Government in Spain: What Change Can Be Expected?

David Moffette , University of Ottawa Introduction After 7 years in power, Mariano Rajoy is no longer Spain’s prime minister. On June 1 st , his minority People’s Party (PP) government lost a confidence vote, a first in the history of democratic Spain. His rival, the Socialist Pedro Sánchez, automatically became the new prime minister. The...
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A new president for Spain - a turning point for the country?

June 1st, 2018 - by Pablo Ouziel, University of Victoria The ousting of Mariano Rajoy of the PP (Popular Party) as President of Spain signals the beginning of the end for the country’s corruption plagued regime of 1978. It will take many years in the courts, but as time passes, a clearer picture will crystalize of how Spain has been run since the...
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How to address populism – the political crisis in Italy and the EU

May 31st, 2018 0- by Dr. Oliver Schmidtke , Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria The process of forming a government in Italy is very much in flux. Last week a coalition of the nationalist, right-wing Lega and the populist Five Star Movement ( Movimento Cinque Stelle M5S) announced a new government under the little known law...
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Andrew Griffith: Canada, Europe and the changing nature of borders

Andrew Griffith is the former Director General at the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and the author of "Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote". His work provides insight into how well multiculturalism works in Canada. In his interview series (three clips) with EUCAnet, Mr. Griffith touches on various themes regarding...
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Italy’s populist-nationalist coalition government: on collision course with the EU

Dr. Oliver Schmidtke , Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria In one way the uncertainty in Italian politics is about to come to an end: More than two months after the elections, Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League (Lega) have presented their government program and their choice for the...
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Doug Saunders - European and North American lessons in removing barriers to integration and inclusion - Video presenation

Doug Saunders presents his insights on immigration settlement strategies and best practices of integration in Europe and Canada . What are successful strategies and approaches to the integration of immigrants? This presentation was filmed in Ottawa on December 6th 2017 during a Borders in Globalization conference. The event was co funded by the...
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