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A vision for our European future

By Maria João Rodrigues / 4 May, 2021

We are entering a new phase of the European project. The central equation of this new phase can be presented in the following terms: if we want to renew the European economic and social model to address the ongoing ecological and digital transformations, and if we want to improve global […]

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The EU’s multilateral ambitions: the why and the how

By Nicoletta Pirozzi / 22 February, 2021

On 17 February, the High Representative Josep Borrell and the European Commission released a Joint Communication on strengthening the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism: on first sight a document in the continuity of previous ones, but also one that reveals important changes in how the EU sees itself on the […]

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Lessons of the American election for Europe and the world

By Joseph Stiglitz / 6 November, 2020

Despite years of disastrous economic policy, and an even more catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 crisis, US President Donald Trump received substantially more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. His blustering in the name of America was seen as standing up for the country by these voters – […]

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“Strategic Autonomy”, a new European concept

By Maria João Rodrigues / 6 October, 2020

The last European Council raised “strategic autonomy” to the level of a central concept for a new phase of the European project. The implications will be multiple not only for external, but also for internal policies. The Covid-19 crisis has exposed multiple weaknesses of European integration: failures in supply chains […]

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What should be done about the United Nations?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 21 September, 2020

The global health, climate and economic crises have led to a deterioration of the world order as we knew it. The gap between current global challenges and global governance is widening and weakening the multilateral system. A new, fair and inclusive multilateralism for the 21st century must be invented, write […]

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The 75th anniversary of the United Nations: the urgently needed reforms and their enemies

By Mario Teló / 8 September, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has shown the dramatic discrepancy between the scale of the current transnational challenges (public health, climate change, security, financial stability, extreme poverty, sustainable development, terrorism…) and the weakness of global governance. This gap was visible even before the pandemic, but became much more evident in early 2020. […]

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Making the UN more inclusive and democratic

By Jo Leinen / 8 September, 2020

The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (UN75). Secretary-General António Guterres has invited everybody to discuss and propose measures for “renewing and strengthening” the world organisation. Notably, a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a World Citizens’ Initiative could be measures that increase its democratic base. Many papers and […]

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Strengthening the EU’s role in the UN Security Council today

By Nico Schrijver / 8 September, 2020

One of the hallmarks of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy is constructive and effective multilateralism. The United Nations serves as one of the principal platforms of EU foreign policy, including the protection of the EU’s values, fundamental interests, security, independence, and integrity. The EU’s performance, visibility and effectiveness […]

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Regional organisations and UN reform: towards Multilateralism 2.0

By Luk Van Langenhove / 8 September, 2020

Chapter VIII of the UN Charter foresees a role for regional arrangements in global governance of security, especially the peaceful settlement of disputes. The Charter though also foresees a clear hierarchy between the global and the regional levels: any enforcement action that involves a regional organisation can only be organised […]

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COP25: Towards multi-speed multilateralism

By Cristina Narbona / 20 December, 2019

The result of the COP 25 should not be judged in a binary way: success or failure. On the contrary, the complexity of our world has been revealed.

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