External Relations

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President Erdogan announced a reexamination of all political and administrative ties with the European Union after last month's referendum. A critical assessment of what is stake

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Turkey has been waiting for its accession to the EU for now 30 years. A look into past, present and future of EU-Turkey relations explores the push and pull dynamics of the country's rocky path to EU membership

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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.

Donald Trump Pinatas in a shop in the USA
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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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The Russian - Ukrainian Conflict

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The history of EU-Ukraine relations tells of missed opportunities and of unfilled expectations and risks to put the EU's credibility at stake.

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By 2016 the eastern neighbourhood of the European Union (EU) has turned into a region of intercultural conflicts, interstate wars and authoritarian experiments betraying the bright hopes for continental cooperation, freedom and peace of the early 1990s.

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The Conflict in Syria

Mustafa hasn't been to school for four years now, Lebanon
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Thousands of Syrians have sought shelter in Lebanon. But having such a precarious status there and no legal recognition many feel their best option is to try entering the EU via the Mediterranean.

Refugees on a boat crossing the Mediterranean sea, heading from Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, January 29,  2016
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Turkey is hosting some 2.7 million Syrian refugees. Only one tenth are in camps and the rest spread around urban areas. Local cultural and religious affinity with them has kept social friction low.

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EVENT REPORTS

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.

The results of the Russian parliamentary election in September 2016 were predictable in many ways, But is the situation as clear as it seems and what does this recent election tell us about the political situation in Russia?

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Publications

The 2016 Presidential election results have been hard to predict but the Republican Donald Trump had been able to convince more than 50% of the electoral delegates. At our event we analysed the outcome and its impact on Europe.

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.

Find here our contribution to the consultation on the future of the EU's relations with neighbouring countries.

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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.

Events at hbs Brussels

Jun 07
Reconnecting Europe IV
Brussels
Jul 24
Regain or Retreat? European Youth in an Age of Uncertainty”
Jul 26
Regain or Retreat? European Youth in an Age of Uncertainty”

New Dossier

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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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Our "Expert Workshop Southern Neighbourhood" brought together experts from different backgrounds with our regional offices and the contributors to our web dossier Rebuilding the Neighbourhood to discuss the European Neighbourhood Policy.

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.

Why do skaters like the European Parliament? Check it out!

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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