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Positions between the EU and the US diverge regarding democratic values and a business man approach when it comes to multi-lateral negotiations. The American policy on Russia and the new Franco-German sympathies will impact international relations.

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Although EU-Turkey relations seem back on track lately, the accession talks continue to face big obstacles. An open political dialogue guided by human rights and rule of law is needed

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EU-Russia relations are shaped by their different approaches to international politics. Where the former follows a liberal path, the latter pursues a neorealist paradigm

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The pillars of the international security architecture have been shaken since Trump took office but they are not crumbling yet. A look into implications on Euro-Atlantic security

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Has Turkey’s EU accession bid finally come to ‘a dead end’? Answers to questions like these remain unclear but a new strategy to shape EU-Turkey relations can still be developed

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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.

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 evolves around Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, provides an outlook for the future and shows practical steps for the way forward

 

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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 EU lacks a decisive and clear policy  in the Middle East conflict and towards Palestine. Its aim is rather to contain the conflict and not let it spin out of control.

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The European Neighbourhood Policy's engagement for a two state solution proves to be outdated. Its revitalisation could form an integral part of international efforts to resolve the conflict.

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The South Caucasus is an extraordinarily complex region in many ways. The EU maintains relationships with the region for over two decades but a clear strategic vision is missing.

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The three South Caucasus countries have taken different routes towards integration into the European Union. The different approaches obstruct a common action for further integration into the EU.

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The occupation of the Palestinian territory raises questions for the European Neighbourhood Policy. A number of practical steps are required for a way forward

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The victory of Donald Trump and the way his election campaign was conducted will have multiple effects on politics in the EU, sleepless nights are already one of them.

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Trump has won the battle against the political establishment for now. But what must Europe be prepared for next?

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The big challenge facing the EU is how it can reconcile its new policy of promoting stabilisation and security in the Middle East with human rights and democratisation.

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