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    Sir Robert Cooper: “Trump’s victory puts Europe in unknown territory”

Sir Robert Cooper: “Trump’s victory puts Europe in unknown territory”

Following Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, we will be running a number of short reactions from prominent European academics and political actors on what the result means for Europe. In this contribution Sir Robert Cooper writes that while there are doubts over whether the new President-elect will follow through on the promises he made in […]

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    Seven paradoxes of NATO’s revival as Europe’s primary security institution

Seven paradoxes of NATO’s revival as Europe’s primary security institution

Should EU states prioritise foreign policy cooperation through the EU or through NATO? Alexander Mattelaer writes that the balance between the EU and NATO has tipped increasingly toward the latter in recent years. However, he argues that this trend is no cause for transatlantic celebration as Brexit, upheaval in Turkey and other developments threaten to undermine the West’s security […]

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    The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

Every year, the European Commission publishes a so called ‘Enlargement Package’ which sets out the Commission’s policy on enlargement and reports on the progress of candidate and potential candidate countries. Ahead of the 2016 Enlargement Package, Fatmir Besimi suggests that following Brexit, it is vitally important for the EU to emphasise the benefits of enlargement and reaffirm its commitment […]

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What will the US presidential election mean for Europe?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are now in the final week of campaigning before the US presidential election on 8 November. Simon Reich examines what the result of the election could mean for Europe. He writes that although Clinton has far more support among Europeans, both candidates may well continue the trend of pivoting away from Europe in their […]

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    CETA has laid bare the need to reconfigure sovereignty in the EU

CETA has laid bare the need to reconfigure sovereignty in the EU

CETA, the EU’s proposed free trade agreement with Canada, is currently being held up by opposition within the Belgian region of Wallonia, which could ultimately derail the agreement entirely if a solution cannot be reached. Amandine Crespy writes that the CETA case illustrates the problem in balancing free trade with sovereignty and democracy in Europe.

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    Fear and loathing in Namur: CETA will likely be rescued, but disaffection with globalisation can no longer be ignored

Fear and loathing in Namur: CETA will likely be rescued, but disaffection with globalisation can no longer be ignored

The Belgian government has stated that it is unable to sign the proposed EU-Canada free trade agreement, CETA, due to opposition in the region of Wallonia. Bob Hancké outlines the complicated federal arrangements in the country which have derailed the agreement and suggests that while previous Belgian compromises indicate CETA can still be saved, popular dissatisfaction with globalisation across […]

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    The selection of António Guterres as Secretary-General shows Security Council horse-trading still trumps transparency at the UN

The selection of António Guterres as Secretary-General shows Security Council horse-trading still trumps transparency at the UN

Former Portuguese Prime Minister, António Guterres, is expected to be appointed as the next UN Secretary-General later today, replacing Ban Ki-Moon, who will step down at the end of the year. As Katie Verlin Laatikainen outlines, the selection process adopted to select Ban Ki-Moon’s successor was intended to be more transparent than in previous years, but the appointment of […]

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Estimating the economic cost of Turkey’s PKK conflict

Turkey’s conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has had a deeply negative effect on the regions most affected by the violence. But what has the overall economic cost been to Turkey as a whole? Fırat Bilgel and Burhan Can Karahasan present the key factors that have underpinned the issue and calculate that Turkish GDP could have been 14 […]

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    There are few political incentives for Russia and the EU to normalise their relations

There are few political incentives for Russia and the EU to normalise their relations

Russia held parliamentary elections on 18 September. To coincide with the elections, we are running a number of articles on Russian politics and society. In this contribution, Irina Busygina writes on relations between Russia and the European Union. Following the Ukraine crisis, Russia and the EU are now further away from establishing stable relations with one another than at […]

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    The EU’s new Global Strategy remains wedded to an old-fashioned conception of foreign policy

The EU’s new Global Strategy remains wedded to an old-fashioned conception of foreign policy

Federica Mogherini presented a draft ‘Global Strategy’ on 28 June, which is intended to guide the EU’s foreign and security policy. Luigi Lonardo argues that by stressing the need for unity among member states, the new strategy overlooks the risks that can occur from a centralised foreign policy. A more flexible approach to foreign policy would not only help […]

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    What would a Trump win mean for Europe and the rest of the world?

What would a Trump win mean for Europe and the rest of the world?

American elections are not won or lost on foreign policy issues. Yet, the foreign policy beliefs and strategic ideas of whoever moves into the White House next January will have repercussions which will be felt around the world for years to come. Nicholas Kitchen writes that Hillary Clinton is a liberal internationalist – the dominant strategic approach across post-War […]

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    Why Central Europe needs a unified strategy for tackling the migration crisis

Why Central Europe needs a unified strategy for tackling the migration crisis

Central Europe has been one of the focal points of the migration crisis, yet there have been clear disagreements between Central European countries on how the crisis should be managed. Gabi Gőbl, Christian Kvorning Lassen, Marko Lovec, Milan Nič and Paul Schmidt write that while the route through which people entered Central Europe in 2015 has largely been closed, […]

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    Turkey’s failed coup has firmly tightened Erdoğan’s grip on power

Turkey’s failed coup has firmly tightened Erdoğan’s grip on power

What does the attempted coup in Turkey mean for the country’s politics moving forward? Dimitar Bechev writes that on the one hand the failure of the coup illustrates the extent to which Turkey has become ‘civilianised’, with citizens less willing to accept the military interfering in politics. However, the net effect of the coup will be to greatly strengthen […]

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    From climate change to mediation: should the EU be a strategic actor in Asia-Pacific?

From climate change to mediation: should the EU be a strategic actor in Asia-Pacific?

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, is due to present a new Global Strategy later this month, though this may depend on the outcome of the UK’s referendum on EU membership. Olivia Gippner writes on the EU’s potential involvement in the Asia-Pacific region and what role, if any, this should play in its […]

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    The elephant in the room: Brexit and the EU’s Global Strategy

The elephant in the room: Brexit and the EU’s Global Strategy

With the UK’s referendum on EU membership dominating the headlines, other developments at the European level have received less attention than might otherwise have been the case under normal circumstances. Pol Morillas writes on one such issue: the formulation of the EU’s Global Strategy, which is due to be submitted to the European Council later this month. He writes […]

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    What does Russia’s doping scandal tell us about the nature of political conspiracies?

What does Russia’s doping scandal tell us about the nature of political conspiracies?

Russia’s participation in the athletics events at the 2016 Olympic games remains under threat following evidence of doping by Russian athletes in previous competitions. Joseph E. Uscinski writes on what the scandal says about the nature of political conspiracies.

 

It has been widely reported that the Russian Olympic team may have dominated the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics by using cocktails […]

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    The EU’s mixed record: Human rights and democracy promotion in the former Soviet Union

The EU’s mixed record: Human rights and democracy promotion in the former Soviet Union

The EU has engaged in democracy and human rights promotion in the countries of the former Soviet Union since the 1990s. Tinatin Tsertsvadze assesses the successes and failures of the EU’s strategy and some of the key challenges it faces in making further progress.

The European Union is one of the most important actors for countries in the Eastern Partnership […]

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    Ukraine’s Eurovision victory brings the plight of Crimean Tatars to a European audience

Ukraine’s Eurovision victory brings the plight of Crimean Tatars to a European audience

Ukraine won the Eurovision song contest on 14 May, with a song framed around the deportation of Crimean Tatars under Stalin in 1944. Ellie Knott writes that the result highlights the plight of Crimean Tatars following the territory’s annexation by Russia in 2014, particularly in light of the recent decision by a Crimean court to ban the legislature of […]

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    Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, announced his resignation on 5 May. Didem Buhari-Gulmez writes that the resignation reflected a wider split within Turkey over the need for security-oriented policies, the validity of the deal between Turkey and the EU over refugees, and the aim of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to move the country toward a presidential political system.  […]

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    A credible and independent media is the best way to counter Russia’s information strategy in the EU

A credible and independent media is the best way to counter Russia’s information strategy in the EU

The concept of ‘hybrid warfare’, which incorporates traditional military strategies alongside media and information campaigns, has been a feature of discussions surrounding Russia’s response to the Ukraine crisis. But if this form of aggressive information warfare is being pursued by the Kremlin then how should the EU and the West respond in defending its interests? Katarzyna Sobieraj writes that […]

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