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The Iranian nuclear deal crisis: Lessons from the transatlantic dispute on the Siberian gas pipeline in 1982

A US president taking a unilateral decision that affects European interests. European policymakers outraged at US interference in their affairs. European businesses fearing losing access to some international markets. Sound familiar? This is the story of a crisis that took place in 1982 regarding the Siberian gas pipeline project; its outcome should inspire optimism in the Europeans’ capacity to counteract Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Pourquoi la notion d’ “archive essentielle” est un non sens: un retour d’expérience

Un rapport révélé par Le Monde propose de limiter la récolte d’archives à ce qu’il nomme des « archives essentielles ». Tous les historiens ressassent, depuis quelques jours, cette expression à l’emporte-pièce, car elle touche au cœur de notre travail. Pourquoi et comment ? J’ai voulu détailler un petit exemple tiré de ma propre recherche pour le montrer.

Rethinking Franco-German Relations: a Historical Perspective

Franco-German relations as the ‘engine’ of European integration are widely perceived to have stalled in recent years. This policy contribution assesses what the Franco-German relationship can achieve, what its shortcomings are, and what it means for the wider governance of the euro area and the European Union.

Brexit debate ignores UK’s privileged position in Europe

The UK enjoys opt-outs from many EU policies, without its influence in the EU being diminished. But the UK’s privileged position in the EU has been neglected in the referendum debate, which has been caught up in statistics about the material costs and benefits of the EU.