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The new silk road

BRI : Europe, China’s Silk Roads and India

By C. Raja Mohan / 8 June, 2018

One of the long term consequences of China’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the reorganisation of the physical, economic and political space in Asia and Europe as well as the Indian and Pacific oceans.   While the two continents and the two oceans were seen as separate geographies...

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Belt and Road Initiative and Europe’s fate: still united in diversity?

By Alisée Pornet / 8 June, 2018

Throughout 2017, several authors debated “Europe’s Destiny” (Ivan Krastev) as challenged by the refugee crisis and defied in “its conquest of ideals” (François Jullien) by the harsh reality of a political community that has been for too long led by economically driven issues. Alisée Pornet provides some insights with regard...

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What it will take to keep the deal alive

By Adnan Tabatabai / 7 June, 2018

The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the EU/E3+3 constitutes a strong rejection of multilateralism by the Trump administration and leaves the remaining parties of the agreement with the challenge to safeguard its survival. Europe has been ascribed a leading role in this quest, as it has...

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What we can do with Africa, together

By Federica Mogherini / 14 February, 2018

Europe’s attitude towards Africa is changing rapidly and radically. For too long Europeans have been mainly divided between those who wanted to exploit Africa’s resources and those who wanted, patronisingly, to “save” the continent through charity. Neither approach could lead us far in today’s world. Finally, we are starting to...

A new approach to EU convergence

By Heikki Patomäki / 13 February, 2018

The trend for economic and social convergence between EU countries in the early years of the euro turned out to be short lived. The absence of euro area growth from 2010 to 2017 resulted in greater rather than smaller divergences in economic and social outcomes. The euro crisis followed by...

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Re-thinking the EU’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian cross-conflict dialogue

By Rosemary Hollis / 11 December, 2017

The current EU approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is designed to build mutual understanding and trust at grassroots level. This sounds worthy but does not directly address the core problem of the occupation and only a change of perspective at leadership level can do that.   Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian...