Month: December 2016

When the forgotten strike back

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Thus promised Donald Trump in his first speech after becoming the President-elect of the United States. Such rhetoric sounds very familiar to Finnish ears. “Forgotten people” was one of the favourite metaphors used by the grandfather of Finnish populism Veikko Vennamo in …

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A deal of many dilemmas

If the EU is to stay true to its humanitarian values, the deal with Turkey must be accompanied by the large-scale resettlement of refugees and respect for the rule of law. It is not a blueprint for deals with third countries in North Africa. “Alarmingly short-sighted and inhumane” – that is how Amnesty International qualified …

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A united Europe in a turbulent world

The boundary between external and internal security has disappeared. It is inconceivable to fight terrorism in Europe whilst turning a blind eye to the actions of the Islamic State in the Middle East and thereby failing to tackle the organisation’s roots, funding and support. Security is therefore, or should be, a common space on which …

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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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Girls in migration, why is Europe silent?

On 1 December the United Nations Population Fund released its 2016 State of the World Population report. The report’s focus is on the well-being of 10-year-old girls as an indicator of development success or failure. The choice of this indicator is not accidental: The Girl Child was one of the 12 critical areas of concern …

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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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Trump, a symbol of populism

Identity politics, nationalist slogans, spreading fear of the other, portraying foreigners as a threat, division of people, regressive remarks on women and gender equality, denial of climate change. The reaction to Donald Trump from this side of the Atlantic has often been disbelief. Yet, on Wednesday, the 9th of November 2016, the world learnt that …

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