Bulletin – Issue 117 – December 2017/January 2018

Charles Grant writes in ‘Ten predictions for the Brexit talks’ arguments over the Irish border may block the start of talks on the future EU-UK relationship. When those talks begin, the EU will reject British proposals for a bespoke deal. Simon Tilford writes in ‘All is not well in the Visegrad economies’, on the face of it the Visegrad – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – appear to be doing quite well economically. But there are problems behind the headline growth figures. Sophia Besch in ‘PESCO: Paper tiger, paper tanks?’ writes for PESCO to become more than another EU defence paper tiger, it must develop effective assessment mechanisms and deliver on filling European capability gaps.

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