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Month: December 2016

FEPS Post-Summit Briefing: European Council, 15 December 2016

A summary written by Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina, Hedwig Giusto Lisa Kastner and Vassilis Ntousas. EU leaders met in Brussels last Thursday (December 15) for a year-end summit to discuss the crisis in Syria, economic sanctions on Russia, a trade deal with Ukraine and greater military cooperation. Economic and financial reforms, including the Digital Single Market and reforms …

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A fight for girls’ right to education

Although gender equality in education is a fundamental right, girls still face discrimination and exclusion from classrooms in parts of the world. In Zimbabwe, the struggle for girls’ access to education gave birth to a prize-winning project with the aim of improving the situation. The inaugural 2016 UNESCO prize for girls’ and women’s education came …

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Views from India

After a decade of mutual probing, India and the European Union (EU) seem finally geared towards a robust strategic engagement. It was worth the wait.   The world’s two largest democracies are now discovering common ground and aligning strategies on how to achieve sustainable development in an open society and on how to ensure security …

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The global order and the future of American influence

Trump’s victory suggests that many US voters feel disaffected with globalisation. But the USA will retain its global influence, both through hard and soft power. Since World War II, the United States has sustained alliances and institutions that constitute a liberal international order. Now, the rhetoric of Donald Trump in the 2016 election campaign has …

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Feminist Foreign Policy: Rights, Representation and Resources

Swedish feminist foreign policy integrates gender perspectives holistically, through three important ‘R’s – Rights, Representation and Resources. Two years ago, I assumed office as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. One of the first things I did was to declare that Sweden will pursue a feminist foreign policy. This was received with mixed reactions. Halfway through …

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