The latest KPMG study commissioned by RUSI reveals that almost 45 billion illicit cigarettes were consumed in Europe in 2017, despite a 7.4% decline on 2016 figures. This equates to €10 billion in lost tax revenues for governments, with illicit cigarettes accounting for 8.7% of total consumption in 2017.
The new National Security Capabilities Review might engage the public in thinking about its role in protecting the UK in contrast to perceiving the military as primarily for going far away to fight foreign wars.
Increasing tension over Nord Stream II puts the spotlight on a West that still lacks unity or a clear policy towards Russia. The divisions over the project are adding to bitterness within the EU and the transatlantic relationship, and benefiting Moscow.