Shada Islam

Influential city leaders

I’M a city girl, an urban woman. I thrive in cities. After a few days of breathing in the fresh air, I get bored...

Action agenda for EU leaders

SO far, so predictable. As expected, voter turnout in the European Parliament elections was modest, Far Right and...

View from abroad: EU and the far right

EU leaders continue to voice strong condemnation of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and efforts to destabilise E. Ukraine.

Europe-Africa ties back on the agenda

IF the frequency of VIP visits is a barometer of a country or region’s global importance, then the European Union...

European fighters in Syria

THE brutal civil war in Syria may seem a long way away to most Europeans but “foreign fighters” entangled in the...

Expanding EU-Asean relations

With a population of approximately 600 million, a combined GDP of over $2 trillion, and still-impressive growth...