External Relations

Dealing with Trump on Trade

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Increasingly, Trump is causing headaches for EU trade policy makers with tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminium respectively. The United States turn towards protectionism while the EU sticks to an open, rules-based global economy. 

By Ferdi De Ville

Is ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ still a Priority for the EU?

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Saving the lives of refugees and other migrants has been reiterated as a number one priority within the European Agenda on Migration. This document puts ‘saving lives at sea’ above fighting migrant smuggling, relocation and resettlement, stating that ‘Europe cannot stand by whilst lives are being lost.’ 

By Lina Vosyliūtė

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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EVENT REPORTS

Expert Workshop Eastern Partnership Policy

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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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Publications

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

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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.

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2018: Re-launch or Further Disintegration of the European Project

Saying that Europe is back, as French president Emmanuel Macron declared recently, seems to be slightly over-optimistic.  Will Angela Merkel, damaged by vote loss in the election and her failure to put a coalition with the Greens and Liberals together, be able and willing to support Macron in his attempts to re-launch the European project? Will other Member States join in these efforts? Not too many contenders seem to be on the horizon. In Central Eastern Europe right-wing populism and nationalism have taken over and in some countries the rule of law is under pressure.  In the South, Italy seems to be heading for post-election chaos and the Spanish state is rattled by Catalonia’s independence efforts. Greece is still wrestling with economic and social problems and its disproportionate share of the burden of the migration crisis. The North is quiet and seemingly unattached as always, but even there populism is gnawing away at the fundaments of democracy. The founder nations of what has become the EU are struggling to keep on track, which in the case of Italy is likely to end in derailment. All this makes the EU’s prospects for 2018 uncertain, to say the least.  The post-Brexit Union keeps disintegrating, politically and economically, but also in terms of shared values Fundamental reforms are badly needed in order to save the legitimacy and integrity of the Union but who will push for them? Europe needs leaders with a vision and the courage to interrupt the national and institutional navel-gazing which has been going on for too long and led to the impasse we’re stuck at since many years.  

Events at hbs Brussels

Are Things Getting Better in the Eurozone?
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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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