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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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The Visegrad countries' reluctance to accept European wide refugee quotas led to harsh criticism but little effort has been made to understand its causes

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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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Thousands of people are protesting against the close down of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. A political battle about “foreign influences” and pro or anti EU, US or Russia sentiments.

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The European Commission laid out five different post-Brexit scenarios in its latest White Paper. But the way towards a deeper and closer integration project cannot overlook the EU’s demos.  

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One year ago Brussels has been struck by a series of terrorist attacks. Our author's then call not to turn the terrorist threat into a national question has not lost any of its relevance.

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European leaders breathed a sigh of relief at the Dutch election results. Nevertheless the results are a sign of the ongoing crisis of Western democracy.

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EU Joint Programming aims at closer cooperation in development policies and European donor countries. The decentralised and flexible approach is showing initial signs of success.

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Are the German Greens compatible with Angela Merkel? How can we explain the success of the xenophobic ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD) party? And what awaits Europe in the year 2017? An interview with Ralf Fücks.

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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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