The Role of the European Union in Its Neighbourhood and in the World

The Role of the European Union in Its Neighbourhood and in the World

The Role of the European Union in Its Neighbourhood and in the World

With an unleashed US president seemingly determined to destroy tried and trusted transatlantic ties along with the multilateral order that the United States created together with its Western European allies after WWII, the European Union finds itself more and more on its own. The EU has to (re)define what role it wants to play in a global context and in its neighbourhood. In light of the loss of important military and soft power through Brexit and the ongoing internal crisis characterised by Euroscepticism and right-wing populism, this prospect is uninviting, but urgency and necessity are obvious. 

In this web dossier, we will focus on three topics: the Western Balkans enlargement strategy; the conflicts in the Middle East (Jerusalem, Syria), the refugee crisis and the transatlantic tug-of-war. ​

Circumventing Red Lines: The Paradigmatic Shift in Israel’s Policy on Jerusalem

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Israeli and Palestinians share a complex urban reality in Jerusalem. Appropriate and fair policies for both communities could help enhance the living environment in the city and the personal security of all its residents in order to reduce factors that exacerbate tension in the city such as the unilateral alteration of boundaries.

By Betty Herschman, Yudith Oppenheimer

Trump’s Challenge: What Can the EU Do to Prevent Escalation in Jerusalem?

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Jerusalem has seemingly forever been at the epicentre of conflicts in the Middle-East. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has proven no different. Sovereignty over Jerusalem remains deeply contested between Israelis and Palestinians with both sides laying claim to the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount. 

By Hugh Lovatt