France Enters the South China Sea Fray

European states have generally executed restraint when it comes to the disputes over the sovereignty of the South China Sea, which is what makes France’s forceful late entry into the debate an interesting occurrence, although timely and legitimate.


Nord Stream II: Another Threat to the EU’s Fragile Unity

With a letter signed by eight EU governments objecting to Nord Stream II being delivered to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, last month, it is clear that cleavages between member states are set to continue to hinder the EU’s progress towards “Energy Union” and serve as an additional challenge to the EU’s fragile unity which is already beset by the refugee crisis and the looming possibility of Brexit.