External Relations

The End of the Concept of ‘the West’?

The West is more and more devided and global strategic interests are diverging. The impact of the US President on views and transatlantic trust is significant. Protectionism and populism undermine Western relations. 

By Vessela Tcherneva
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The Russian - Ukrainian Conflict

The EU, Ukrainian Cossacks and the Rule of Law

The Ukraine is weakened, corruption is flourishing, weapons are massively circulating since the Donbas conflict and migrants are pushing to pass the borders. But the civil society is strong, an opportunity for EU to support civil action.

By Adam Balcer
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The Conflict in Syria

EU in Syria: biggest payer of aid but no key-player

EU is the biggest donor of humanitarian aid to Syria and wants to play a key role in the country’s post-war future and reconstruction once the war is over. The Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has regained control of 80 % of the country and continues to bomb rebel positions in Idlib in the northwest and Damascus suburbs.

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Expert Workshop Eastern Partnership Policy


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.


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Le Mali, cinq ans après le début de l'intervention: Une grande présence militaire moins de sécurité


Le Mali était un pays classique de grands récits, des mythes du Moyen Âge au socialisme africain de la jeune république en passant par le panafricanisme des pères et des mères de l'indépendance. Le Mali est aujourd'hui dépourvu de tout récit. Cinq années d'intervention militaire internationale n'ont apporté aucune sécurité à la population malienne. Les zones d'insécurité ne cessent de s'étendre à l'intérieur du pays.

To good neighbourliness!

Is the European Neighbourhood Policy compelled to define its role in Lebanon anew? Is ENP’s focal point to be shared values or stability? The paper gives recommendation for further improvement of the ENP regarding the case of Lebanon.

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After the Disaster Scenario of 2016 – Can 2017 Be the Year of Resilience for the European Union?

2017 has to be the ‘year of resilience’ for the European Union, the year Europe bounces back from crises, pessimism, frustration and negativity. But will it? With elections in crucial Member States a further rise of populist and Eurosceptic forces was feared, but the general election in the Netherlands and the presidential election in France have given rise to cautious optimism. However, there is no reason for complacency: populism has not been defeated – it can rear its ugly head any time. And it does, not only in Hungary and in Poland, two Member States who seem to be slithering relentlessly towards illiberalism, but also in other countries where elections will be held soon, Austria and Italy. Almost half-way into 2017 the relationship between Turkey and the EU and its Member States has deteriorated so badly that it seems to be beyond repair for the foreseeable future, which spells disaster for the ‘refugee deal’ and is a worrying development in the EU’s already tumultuous neighbourhood. In fact, none of the problems which haunted Europe last year have been resolved. The first months of 2017 may have provided some glimpses of hope, but Europe is still stuck in a tunnel, it can only emerge from with maximal effort and willpower.

New Dossier

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. But what does the young generation make of all this, in what kind of Europe do they want to live and how do they want to achieve it? 

Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe

Our capacity building workshop ‘How to Counter Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe’ gave its participants the possibility to compare the right-wing movements in their respective countries of origin and to jointly develop policies to combat this disquieting trend.

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Creating a People's Europe

The film is a project of the Green European Foundation for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. It was realised in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and with the financial support of the European Parliament.

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