European Union

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Thousands of people are protesting against the close down of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. A political battle about “foreign influences” and pro or anti EU, US or Russia sentiments.

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The European Commission laid out five different post-Brexit scenarios in its latest White Paper. But the way towards a deeper and closer integration project cannot overlook the EU’s demos.  

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One year ago Brussels has been struck by a series of terrorist attacks. Our author's then call not to turn the terrorist threat into a national question has not lost any of its relevance.

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European leaders breathed a sigh of relief at the Dutch election results. Nevertheless the results are a sign of the ongoing crisis of Western democracy.

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The Dutch parliamentary election results were discussed with Dutch politicians and journalists as the beginning of the European election year. We analysed potential coalition governments, the international media coverage, the influence of populism during the elections as well as the impact of Brexit and Trump on the election campaign.

Our regional offices met with experts from the EU institutions, think tanks, NGO and the academic world to shed light on current challenges, changes and credibility  of the EU's Eastern Partnership.

 

A critical assessment of the current ENP.  Experts from the EU institutions, think tanks, NGO and the academic world met our respective regional offices.

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External Relations

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The EU-Turkey relations have been put to test on numerous occasions this year. In the first half of 2017 further political events of importance are to be expected which will set the path for future relations.

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Ralf Fücks visited the United States in the week after the elections for talks and events in New York and Washington DC. Reflections and highlights from a nation in shock.

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Pride and prejudice, polarisation and division, progression and tradition: what makes Erdogan so popular in and outside Turkey

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European Integration

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EU Joint Programming aims at closer cooperation in development policies and European donor countries. The decentralised and flexible approach is showing initial signs of success.

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Are the German Greens compatible with Angela Merkel? How can we explain the success of the xenophobic ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD) party? And what awaits Europe in the year 2017? An interview with Ralf Fücks.

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Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi decided to stake everything on the referendum: his personal credibility and his political legitimacy. His failure leads us to the question what kind of change Renzi was actually representing.

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the year of living dangerously

Never since its foundation has the European Union been so close to the edge as in the beginning of this year. The ferocious terrorist attacks in Paris at the end of last year and the continuing influx of migrants and refugees have shaken up the comfort zone Europeans had taken for granted. Civil rights are being eroded; the Schengen system is near to death; fences and walls are being built not only at the external borders of the EU but even between Member States; right-wing parties are gaining ground throughout Europe; right-wing Eurosceptic governments make decisions on European level increasingly difficult and that the eurozone crisis is no longer talked about does not mean that it has disappeared over night. The UK might be leaving the EU soon and this could foster a new version of the apocalyptic domino theory. At the end of 2016: what will be left of the ‘ever closer union’ which was once designated as the aim of the EU treaties? Will there be enough time to reconnect what has been drifting apart and what has been destroyed?

For more information, please contact

Marianne Ebertowski
Director European Policy Programme
Tel. +32-2-743 41 05
Email: marianne.ebertowski@eu.boell.org

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60 years after the "Treaty of Rome" was signed, the EU finds itself in a crisis. Did European Integration stop making further progress? Did the EU fail in realising its own goals?
 

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