Global Europe

04-03-2021

How to solve the Nord Stream 2 dilemma

If Gazprom could be persuaded to increase gas transit revenues for Ukraine, that would give the Biden administration a reason not to impose sanctions to block Nord Stream 2’s completion and ammunition to fend off criticism from those who want...
Arctic Agenda 04-03-2021

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

The Arctic is once again at the centre of geopolitical and strategic discussions, mainly for one reason - climate change - and it is imperative to act now, write Virginijus Sinkevičius and Boris Herrmann.
01-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Vaccine geopolitics

In any civilisation, one commodity is more precious than the others, and it naturally becomes the bedrock of power. Could be salt, could be gold, could be the US dollar. Now it’s the COVID-19 vaccines.
Health 01-03-2021

How Brussels can help or hinder the fight against malaria

The EU's Biodiversity Strategy is a defining moment not only for conservation but for setting out the parameters within which people and planet can be protected, writes Fredros Okumu,
Stakeholder Opinion
26-02-2021

Reimagining diplomacy in the post-COVID world: An Indian perspective

We enter 2021, hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. While each society has dealt with it uniquely, global diplomacy will nevertheless focus on common concerns and shared lessons. Much of that revolves around the nature of globalization.
Development Policy 25-02-2021

Scaling up vaccination to save lives worldwide

It is time for Europe to show real vaccination solidarity to ensure that COVID vaccines are available to the Global South and COVAX in the volumes required and at cost price, write Udo Bullmann and Conny Reuter.
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Cities & regions 24-02-2021

Why the future is local for the Eastern Partnership

After having interacted over the past decade, the European Union is now better placed to engage with Eastern Partnership states and to prepare the post-2020 partnership framework.  By the Presidents of the national associations of local governments Kakha Kaladze of...
22-02-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLIA – Russian roulette

EU ministers are meeting today (22 February) to discuss sanctions ranging from putting individual people on a blacklist to the “full monty” of more economic sanctions.
18-02-2021

Borrell’s Moscow trip is a learning experience, not the death of EU foreign policy

Despite EU chief diplomat Joseph Borrell’s Moscow adventure, EU foreign policy has not died, and he should not resign, writes Niklas Novaky. Niklas Novaky is a research officer for EU security and defence policy at the Wilfried Martens Centre in...

The EU needs a new approach in the Sahel

This week's G5 Sahel meeting in Chad has underscored the urgent need for a rethink of the EU's approach to the Sahel region, write Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana and Dissan Gnoumou.

New EU defence initiatives for old political problems

In security and defence, let-downs garner more attention than successes. The EU Global Strategy is a perfect example, writes Raluca Csernatoni.
16-02-2021

As the US sanctions Myanmar’s military leaders, the EU needs to step up its response

European leaders were quick to condemn the coup in Myanmar. Now the EU needs to follow up with concrete actions, writes Paul Donowitz.
Energy 16-02-2021

The EU should maintain the Energy Charter Treaty

There are fundamental good reasons to continue protecting the investments covered by the Energy Charter Treaty as private investment will be crucial for the vast infrastructure overhauls needed to shift towards renewable energy, writes Dr Frank Umbach.
11-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – Vaccine diplomacy

As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic slowly dawned on Europe’s leaders last spring, the battle was about getting hold of personal protective equipment for the continent’s army of doctors and nurses.
Health 11-02-2021

EU and India could partner in delivering COVID vaccines at the global scale

While Western vaccine nationalism condemns the world to a lose-lose situation, India, the pharmacy of the developing world, has clearly the potential to come to the rescue, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Europe's East 10-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – Listen to Europe’s youth, see far

Raising awareness of a critical issue too early may prove to be counterproductive, either because short-sighted politicians focus on short-term interests or because they simply do not see what is coming up.

What is the place of EU’s partnerships agenda in Strategic Compass? 

The development of the EU's Strategic Compass should involve a strategic deepening of EU relations with its partners, write Kinga Brudzinska and Lucia Rybnikárová.
09-02-2021

Turkey’s unlikely westward turn 

Turkey's sudden desire to 'turn a new page' in its western relations comes as a surprise. But what is behind is an apparent change of heart which has to do with the country's deteriorating economy, writes Robert Ellis.
09-02-2021

A ‘Résumé’ following the visit to Moscow

The arguments Poland raised prior to High Representative Josep Borrell’s visit to Moscow were disregarded, and now conclusions should be drawn from this. First of all, it is necessary to strengthen the best practice of consulting and formulating our Eastern...
Stakeholder Opinion
Central Asia 09-02-2021

Kazakhstan’s economy: Short-term recovery and long-term structural transformation

Two key speeches by President Tokayev in January revealed important clues as to the direction Kazakhstan will take this and the coming years on the political, economic and social fronts.  Alberto Turkstra has had a deeper look.
08-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – A stress test for the EU

Many are criticizing EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell for his Moscow visit, seen as a fiasco and a humiliation for the European Union. We expect to hear calls for his resignation or dismissal in the European Parliament on Tuesday (9 February).
Europe's East 05-02-2021

Germany must abandon Nord Stream 2

Europe needs to impose new sanctions on Russia following the arrest and sentencing of Alexei Navalny and scrapping Nord Stream 2 should be top of the list, write a group of six MEPs from the European People's Party (EPP).
Stakeholder Opinion
Cybersecurity 04-02-2021

Without the Right Partnerships, EU Legislation is Dead on Arrival

Despite major progress towards new mandatory frameworks aimed at tackling sustainability and ethical issues in supply chains coming into Europe, the EU’s ambitious legislation will see little impact if not backed up by deep and long-lasting partnerships with producing countries....
Eastern Europe 03-02-2021

Georgia is striving to relaunch the machinery of world diplomacy

Since COVID-19 changed our lives, the larger powers are virtually alone in meeting global challenges, while smaller countries like Georgia are striving to re-launch the machinery of the larger debates, Salome Zourabishvili, the President of Georgia, writes in an exclusive...
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