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.

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.

Turkey and Europe: Taken on and around Taksim Square, Istanbul, in the first week of the protests
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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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This contribution deals with the issue of resilience, coordination of EU Member States and the Israeli controlled Area C

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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

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?

Syria, Dar Al-Shifa hospital.

What is the strategy of the European Union and the US behind their war against ISIS? How can the EU and the international community play a more constructive role in Syria and Iraq?

Ukraine

Are the Western sanctions against Russia working, how long should they remain in force and are there any other means to influence Russia’s politics? What else is it the EU can do to strengthen Ukraine? Is a long-term EU membership for Ukraine feasible and how would Russia react to that? What exactly is the driving force behind Putin’s policy towards Ukraine and how can EU-Russian relations evolve under such hostile circumstances?

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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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Events at hbs Brussels

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The liberal democracy crisis and the future of the EU
Berlin
Apr 01Apr 03
A Training Summit for European Immigrant & Minority Leaders
Hamburg

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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.

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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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Europe is under pressure. It has to act on many levels, immediately, efficiently and convincingly.

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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