Global Europe

09-07-2020

The Brief, powered by BSEF – A ‘forgotten’ conflict

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, whose collapsed health system is unable to cope with COVID-19, has been devastated by civil war, with no end in sight. But contrary to the wars in Syria and Libya,...
07-07-2020

The Brief, powered by BSEF – Turkey threatens, Borrell smiles

On Monday (6 July), EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell met Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, who publicly threatened the EU with retaliation if further sanctions are imposed on Ankara. The threat was met with a diplomatic appeal for dialogue, which - it is increasingly clear now - sometimes just doesn't cut it.
EU-China 06-07-2020

The EU must oppose China’s interference in the Dalai Lama’s succession

Although Tibetans are known for being nonviolent, Tibet’s future will likely be turbulent if the Chinese government installs an illegitimate successor, writes Vincent Metten.
Brexit 02-07-2020

The Brief – Global Britain: We’re just not that into EU

As vacuous slogans go, ‘Global Britain’, launched when Theresa May took over Brexit Britain from David Cameron in 2016, has been hard to beat. In 2018, UK lawmakers urged the government to set out what its international partners could expect...
Enlargement 02-07-2020

An unexpected pole position: The EU in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

To almost everybody’s surprise, the EU just regained the pole position in the dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade. But is the bloc sufficiently prepared for the race, asks Andreas Wittkowsky. Andreas Wittkowsky is the head of Project Peace and Security...
02-07-2020

The pandemic in the Maghreb region: should Europe be worried?

Although the case numbers and death toll in the Maghreb remain low, Covid-19 threatens economic and political stability in the region. Should Europe be worried, questions James Moran.
30-06-2020

Entering a new, more Putin-like, Russia

On 25 June 2020, the Russian citizens embarked on a journey that might transform their country in many ways and keep the Russian president Vladimir Putin and his apparatchiks in power until 2036, writes Pavel Havlicek.
25-06-2020

With Hezbollah unchecked, the EU falls short of its own security aspirations

The German EU presidency offers a chance to address the EU's inaction on Hezbollah, writes Alina Bricman.
Eastern Europe 25-06-2020

Georgia votes on turning West, not East

Despite the Russian occupation, COVID-19 and the economic recession in the world, Georgia continues to strengthen its democracy – the government is currently preparing for Parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2020, writes Archil Talakvadze.
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25-06-2020

Smart communication with citizens is the ultimate green source. And yes, it’s renewable

Pomilio Blumm is a communication company working for international institutions. The President Franco Pomilio explains why to have a “working” green deal, even in times of COVID, we need to involve citizens using new technologies and EU shared values, starting from the european cultural heritage
Europe's East 24-06-2020

Ukraine’s success is the best deterrent against the Russian revanche

There is no better strategy for the West in dealing with Russia than strength and unity, and there should be no appeasement and no return to “business as usual”, writes Kostiantyn Yelisieiev.
Politics 22-06-2020

Western democracy is still advancing: Just look at Georgia

For every Hong Kong, with all the difficulties played out in the global media, there is a Georgia where the slow advance and entrenchment of liberal democracy is often barely witnessed beyond the Western Embassies in Tbilisi, argues Andrew Rosindell....
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22-06-2020

Takeaways from the EU-China Focus Round Table: EU and China to strengthen international cooperation in times of Global Crisis

Only a few days ahead of the EU-China summit via video conference, the Center for European Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences joined hands with European partners to hold a EU-China Focus Round Table.
Eastern Europe 22-06-2020

Electoral reform – the good news we missed from Georgia

Georgia is becoming, once again, a country to be watched by those who value liberty and the expansion of freedom and prosperity, writes Krassen Stanchev.
Development Policy 18-06-2020

Developing countries need grants not more debt to recover from the Covid-19 crisis

Piling on more debt on to the shoulders of developing countries will not help them recover from the Covid-19 crisis, write Isabelle Brachet and Maria Jose Romero.
Europe's East 18-06-2020

It is time for the EU to build security partnerships with its neighbours

As the EU is discussing the way to develop the Eastern Partnership policy for the decade ahead, it is time for the EU to finally become more ambitious about the security dimension of this partnership, three former Eastern Partnership foreign...
Elections 17-06-2020

Open letter to Donald Tusk: EPP’s support for Vucic is a disgrace

European People's Party President Donald Tusk has publicly supported Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Sunday (21 June), which the opposition is going to boycott. In response, Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas sent an open letter to Tusk. EURACTIV is publishing its shortened version.
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Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

How will we travel tomorrow? Discover the world after COVID-19

How do we come out of this crisis as a society that has learned from its errors and difficult moments? How do we achieve balance between urgent sustainability and economic recovery?
15-06-2020

The Brief – A marriage with strings attached

The US and Europe are like an old married couple: the kids have left the house, there is still some love left and divorce is out of the question, but deep-down, some fundamental issues need to be sorted out for...
15-06-2020

Embracing South Eastern Europe in the EU post pandemic recovery plan

The COVID-19-pandemic makes it all too easy to set aside longstanding but complicated and uncomfortable issues for the EU. One of them is the fragile political and economic situation in South-Eastern Europe, writes Günther Verheugen.
EU-China 15-06-2020

To expose China’s secrecy, demand reciprocal access to Tibet

In 2018, both houses of Congress passed the bipartisan Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. That is a common-sense response to China’s intransigence, and it’s something European countries should adopt, write a group of parliamentarians from across Europe.
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Central Asia 12-06-2020

Thoughts on President Tokayev’s First Anniversary as President of Kazakhstan

One year into President Tokayev’s Presidency, we can already observe a commitment to political reform, a listening state, civic engagement, enhanced state-society dialogue, building trust, economic diversification , and investing in human capital.
Elections 03-06-2020

Elections in a time of crisis: Is postal voting the answer?

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenge of holding elections in a time of crisis.  Only the European Parliament has the expertise to advise if voting by mail would be a good idea, writes Dick Roche.
02-06-2020

Africa and Europe need a new, win-win, migration deal

Despite the war in Libya and the coronavirus outbreak, irregular migration from North Africa towards the southern European shores remains inevitable. This could be mitigated by implementing pre-planned migration schemes and easier visa procedures, writes Mourad Teyeb
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