Government Issue 8

Issue 8 of Government devotes attention to Europe’s increasingly unclear place in the world.

Euroscepticism mounts in response to a number of social problems ahead of elections next year. There is a sense of conflict brewing with Russia as the EU tries to draw in the countries along its eastern fringe closer to the Union’s sphere of influence, and the ongoing conflict in Syria requires an urgent response. All of these factors have cast uncertainty over some of Europe’s relationships with outside countries, and called into question what citizens want for the bloc’s future.

In light of this, the publication focuses on relationships at home and abroad by profiling a Swiss-Swedish innovation partnership, the possibility of closer collaboration under a proposed single European telecoms market, and the future of European defence collaboration.

How is the EU engaging with outside countries?

How are social challenges being addressed?