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The European foreign policy in a hostile environment

By Rosa Balfour / 9 July, 2019

In a brittle world without enduring strong international alliances, the debate on Europe’s ‘strategic autonomy’ has gained new resonance, but it should not shadow the EU’s unique key international assets in the global economy and multilateral order. Working with global networks to promote norms and public goods is key to...

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Brexit and Trump – involuntary boosts for a common EU defence?

By Ronja Kempin / 9 July, 2019

The idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ has resurfaced in various policy debates with added impetus by the challenges posed by Brexit and Trump. What does this rise in significance mean for the EU? And what direction can the concept give for the Union in the coming years, especially in relation to...

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Foreign and security policy increasingly important in the Indian elections

By Klaus Voll / 21 March, 2019

In the run-up to the elections in India, the domestic landscape has dramatically changed in the wake of the recent terror attack in Kashmir, the Indian Air Force strike in Pakistan as well as the Pakistani response. It is expected that foreign and security policy will have decisive repercussions on...

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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...

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PESCO: A misunderstood tool for EU integration?

By Nicoletta Pirozzi / 13 February, 2018

The key objective of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is threefold: to facilitate and provide incentives for willing and able EU Member States to plan together, invest together and operate their forces together. Only if properly implemented can it be the way to make the EU a credible and unitary security...

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Protecting Europe, Permanently? The Future of EU Defence

By Daniel Fiott / 12 December, 2017

‘The purpose, even existence, of our Union is being questioned’ – this opening line from the June 2016 EU Global Strategy has initiated reflection and action on EU defence to meet the triple task of dealing with international crises, helping partners and protecting Europe. The past 12 months have seen...

The time has PESCOme

By Vassilis Ntousas / 12 December, 2017

Historic. The unthinkable made possible. A landmark. Against a backdrop of rising and diversifying security threats, as well as a spectrum of international political uncertainty that have placed security and defence at the forefront of the European policy agenda, the recent announcements surrounding the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) have...

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France’s continued pursuit of civil nuclear power is proving dangerous for Europe

By Benjamin Dessus / 11 December, 2017

In Europe, where nuclear power capacity has been declining since the early 2000s (from 31% of total electricity produced in 2005 to 25% in 2015), France alone produces 53% (not including Britain in the calculations). While crucial for France given that 75% of its electricity supply comes from this sector,...

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The economic burden of West Bank settlements

By Roby Nathanson / 11 December, 2017

The current perpetual stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, coupled with the tumultuous state of the Middle East region, has had and will continue to have a deep impact on the welfare of Israeli society. Settlement activities encompass a variety of costs, direct and indirect, visible and hidden.   In our...

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FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 22-23 June 2017

By Vassilis Ntousas / 27 June, 2017

When European leaders met in Brussels last week (22-23 June), security and defence was high up on the agenda against the backdrop of recent London attacks. But heads of state and government also debated climate change, trade and the single market. The EU Council also had a special meeting to...

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