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IS FEDERALISM THE WAY FORWARD FOR EUROPE ?

On Sept. 16th member states will gather for the first time without British representatives in attendance in Slovakia. Ahead of these talks, the leaders of Germany, France and Italy met Aug. 22 to discuss the future of the Continental bloc. The choice of Ventotene, an Italian island near Naples was made on purpose, as they gathered on where a group of political prisoners in the early 1940s wrote a manifestocalling for the creation of a European federation.
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BREXIT TO BE OR NOT TO BE ?

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With British voters in the United Kingdom set to cast their ballots over EU membership on June 23, two last-minute polls are showing slight leads for the “leave” campaign, Bloomberg reported June 22.

An online survey by TNS, which conducted sampling from June 16 to June 22, showed those in favor of leaving the European Union leading by 2 percent, while another online poll conducted by Opinium from June 20 to June 22 showed the “leave” camp up by 1 percent. With just hours to go before balloting starts across the country, champions for both causes made their final appeals.

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Stuggle for unconditional power: Turkish Prime Minister steps down in light of a tenuous immigration agreement

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the media in Ankara December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4HNSC

As the Kurdish militancy issue is dragging more pressure on the Turkish executive branch at a time the region is rocked by massive instability, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is stepping down because of differences with the President.

That move is taking place right after Prime Minister Davutoglu appeared as instrumental in the Turkish-EU immigration agreement.

The Prime Minister has also ruled out running as the leader of the AKP.

To understand that political struggle for unconditional power, one must remember that President Erdogan had set up a group of loyalist within the AKP. The difficulties he came accross with his Prime Minister pushed him to consider other alternatives for the AKP’s leadership. Erdogan wants someone in that position that will be more amenabled to him.

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