BAE-EADS merger proposal - a sign of things to come for European defence?
The private sector is at least contemplating a collective European approach to defence, but will sovereign states ever consider Europe-wide military capabilities - asks Dean Carroll
The death of political ideas, one retread after another
Academics have written extensively about policy triangulation and the dispersal of power, but politicians prefer to keep citizens in the dark about today's harsh realities - writes Dean Carroll
Europe becoming key electoral battleground in UK
For the first time in many years, Europe is becoming a key talking point for mainstream British parties but will the debate ever mature beyond Punch and Judy politics - asks Dean Carroll
Technology and human evolution - the next great leap forward
In the future – invisible computers may exist in just about every object but how humans regulate and control their technological creations has yet to be addressed, writes Dean Carroll
Tony Blair as the next EU president, it's not so far-fetched
When Herman Van Rompuy finishes serving his term in 2014, it will be interesting to see where Blair is positioned as the cry goes up "The King is dead. Long live the King" - writes Dean Carroll
Europe's north-south divide holding back global prosperity
While northern European nations have consolidated their position in the global competitiveness top 10, laggards in the south are threatening to derail any economic recovery - writes Dean Carroll
Emissions trading - the EU's path to becoming a 'global actor'?
Australia has joined Europe's emissions trading scheme, meaning 530 million people will pay one carbon price, but most media did not bother to report the momentous move - writes Dean Carroll
The WTO gamble on Russia - where will it lead?
Russia's new middle class and creaking industries can help Europe and the US out of recession by buying western goods, but at what cost for human rights and democracy - asks Dean Carroll
Decision time looms for Europe's leaders
As they return from their summer holidays to a worsening economic outlook it is time for European leaders to make the big decisions that will determine the short and long-term outcome of the debt crisis – but there is little sign that they are ready to do so, writes Daniel Mason
Olympic spirit - a perfect antidote to celebrity and football
The usual television diet of reality shows, celebrity trash and footballers behaving badly has been replaced by truly transcendental Olympic moments – long may it continue - writes Dean Carroll