Global Europe


The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Imagine Turkey without Erdogan

At the 10-11 December EU summit, the main foreign policy intrigue is whether the member states will adopt sanctions against Recep Erdoğan’s Turkey. But Germany and France are divided.
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Azerbaijan 26-11-2020

The environmental cost of conflict

The Nagorno-Karabakh region’s ecosystem, wildlife, and natural resources have been badly damaged by the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, writes Naghi Ahmadov.

EU betting on Biden – not so fast

It would make sense to work hand in hand with the Biden Administration where strategic interests overlap, and on issues where President Biden can deliver. But the EU must also be able to act and lead on issues over which the US political class is divided or doesn’t care much about, writes Borut Grgic.
Central Asia 25-11-2020

Kazakhstan election holds genuine strategic importance

Kazakhstan will hold its parliamentary election on 10 January with a clear intention to reach the democratic levels enjoyed in the European bloc. Despite the obvious challenges of voting during a pandemic, our government is committed to giving our citizens a voice, writes Aigul Kuspan

Has Europe learned the lessons of Srebrenica?

Twenty-five years on, what exactly has Europe learned from the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina? Not enough, and no one is taking the responsibility to prevent it from happening again, writes Emir Suljagic.
Armenia 24-11-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Azerbaijan peace deal is strategic disaster for Iran

Azerbaijan now is in control over the entirety of its border with Iran along the Aras river,and while this may be a cause for celebration in Baku, it is viewed with alarm in Tehran, writes Dnyanesh Kamat.
Coronavirus 23-11-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Vaccines, the next battle

It is no coincidence that COVID-19 vaccines dominated the agenda of the last EU summit and of the more recent G20 summit, both held as teleconferences.
Enlargement 23-11-2020

EU enlargement: Beware the veto epidemic

Dangling its veto, Bulgaria only uses its position of EU member to achieve some of its foreign policy interests, in the same way that many other have done before. The problem is that the EU does not have the desire and the way to discourage such unilateral actions, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Enlargement 20-11-2020

The Brief, powered by EHFG – Bosnia’s war and peace

In recent European history, it is difficult to find a political experiment that has flopped as spectacularly and as silently as the Dayton Peace Accord.
Europe's East 20-11-2020

The human tragedy continues in Nagorno-Karabakh

We’ve recently witnessed the end to six weeks of fighting and bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh. This period could be described by quickly moving events and lack of trustworthy sources, writes Urmas Paet and calls for a serious reform of the Eastern Partnership.
Azerbaijan 19-11-2020

The news you possibly missed: TAP pipeline up and running

Neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor the Nagorno-Karabakh war could stop Azerbaijan from finalizing the TAP project, and the first Azerbaijani gas had been already supplied to European consumers, writes Shahmar Hajiyev.
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Azerbaijan 19-11-2020

How did the Second Karabakh War change Armenia and Azerbaijan?

The Armenian defeat in the Karabakh war has pushed this country into political crisis, while on the contrary, Azerbaijan celebrates the historic victory, writes Vasif Huseynov.
Europe's East 18-11-2020

What does Moldova’s presidential election mean for the EU?

This year will be remembered over time for many different events, but for Moldovans, 2020 will be remembered as the year when they overwhelmingly elected Maia Sandu as their first pro-EU woman president, writes MEP Siegfried Muresan.
Climate change 18-11-2020

European Green Deal needs to deliver on global challenges

Key elements of the EU’s foreign policy funding will be finalised during 'trilogue' talks this week. Raising the climate spending target there could make a vital difference to supporting partner countries to deliver green recovery plans, writes Rachel Simon.
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Strengthening Social Europe: This is no time for business as usual

3 years on from the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights it is time for concrete action. Strengthening Social Europe must be a priority through ensuring quality, accessible, affordable social services are at its heart.
Europe's East 16-11-2020

The Brief, powered by EHFG – Eastern Partnership burning

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a Brussels-crafted political format covering six former Soviet republics in the EU’s neighbourhood: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Created in 2009 under the Czech Presidency as a response to the Union of the...
Enlargement 16-11-2020

Biden presidency is key to EU leadership in Kosovo – Serbia Dialogue

Joe Biden's election as US President heralds a new beginning, or at least a return to normalcy.  His Presidency will be vital to the EU's role in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, argues Bernard Nikaj & Labinot Hoxha

The Brief – Europe’s terror redux

Five years have passed since the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people, but many attacks have followed since then, including those in Nice and Vienna in the past month. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Europe, it...

The coming spike in European terror

COVID-19 has been a boon to extremist groups across the world. In Europe, leaders need to wake up and tackle the growing threat of terrorism, argues Sofi Heikkinen.
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What will the post-pandemic world look like?

Lots of things will change after this pandemic but do we know which ones exactly? The ways we travel or shop might be just some from a pretty long list.

The Brief – Reuniting America

The electoral victory of Joe Biden is the best possible news for the EU, although some member countries or their leadership may have diverging feelings. The abnormal state of transatlantic relations under Donald Trump is coming to an end. It...

A Biden administration is bad news for Turkey’s Erdogan

Donald Trump’s lackadaisical approach to Turkey's President Recep Erdoğan gave him an opening for an aggressive and revisionist set of policies that pushed the boundaries of Turkey’s relations with America and Europe, writes Henri J Barkey.

What future for EU-Russia relations?

The EU and Russia will not be able to overcome their disagreements in the coming decade. But if they so choose, they can come to a pragmatic partnership that safeguards peace and stability in Europe, write Sabine Fischer and Ivan Timofeev.

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – The end of Trump, but Trumpism lives on

The agonizing wait is almost over. At some point in the coming hours or, more likely, days, the counting will end and Joe Biden will be declared the winner and the president-elect of the United States.