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About Kirsty Hughes
Kirsty Hughes is a writer and commentator on European and international politics. She has worked at a number of leading European thinktanks including Chatham House, Friends of Europe, and the Centre for European Policy Studies and has published extensively including books, reports and as a journalist. She has also worked as a senior political adviser in the European Commission, for Oxfam as head of advocacy, and was CEO at Index on Censorship.
Articles by Kirsty Hughes
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No to TTIP
Turkey's internal problems are intensifying its political and cultural fissures and putting its orientation towards the European Union in question. Kirsty Hughes reports on the gathering turmoil.
Kirsty Hughes returns to her homeland after almost a year in south Asia and sees a different country.
Their world turned upside down in the great Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Six months on, the fishing communities of southeast India struggle to rebuild their lives. Kirsty Hughes reports from a forgotten frontline of reconstruction.
“The European Union is at a major turning-point. It has attempted, through an unprecedented process of open debate and dialogue, to design a strategic role and direction for itself in the 21st century. For now it has failed.” Kirsty Hughes on Europe’s crisis of democracy.
An Indian Ocean microcosm of global politics democracy, development, and election fraud, arguments over sovereignty, violence and pluralism what can Zanzibar teach the world? Kirsty Hughes talks to Juma Duni Haji, a leader of its main opposition party, the Civic United Front.
Two Brussels insiders review the logjam over proposals for how Europe shall be governed, and the bargains being sought behind closed doors over crucial questions of institutions and power-balance.
Frances reluctance to support the USs military approach towards Iraq has drawn bitter criticism from the US and some of its EU partners. But in defending diplomacy rather than advocating a military solution, France is the truer defender both of the European project and, in the long run, of the transatlantic relationship.
There is a clear route to enlargement after the Irish referendum, but the constitutional convention debate is stifled by the self-serving ambitions of the large states. A healthy debate about Europes democratic deficit requires the convention itself to take a lead.
The prospects for engaging Europes citizens in the debate on the future of the Union are still hostage to the power politics of the member states.
Why should the EU hugely increase its military capacities in order to argue for a non-military solution?
The ambitious policy decisions agreed by the EU at its Belgian summit carry both promise and threat for the communitys future. Europe needs both to deepen its cooperation and remain open to the world. After Laeken, will it?
Can the EU rise to the challenge of 11 September and respond to this crisis with a unity it failed to deliver on the Balkans?