Neighbourhood policy

Europe's East 27-11-2017

All Quiet on the Eastern Front?

Expectations were high for the 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit, after the EaP had receded into the background with the migration flows coming from the Southern Neighbourhood. Sadly, new creative powers were not noticeable, writes Miriam Kosmehl.

Settimo Torinese, Italy - July 18, 2017: Red Cross reception center is temporary hub for refugees arriving in Italy.
Africa 27-11-2017

Europe’s quick fix deals can undermine young Africans and spur them to leave

Africa’s youth will take center stage at the EU-Africa Summit this week. For Europeans, the most important outcome is migration deals with Africa. Reports of alleged slavery in Libya should be a warning that quick fixes to curbing migration can undermine young Africans, argues Marije Balt.

Energy 24-11-2017

Europe’s murky Eastern energy deals

Millions of euros in public money are being invested in large infrastructure projects in the EU’s eastern neighbours in total disregard for Europe’s climate goals, and local communities, writes Manana Kochladze.

Europe's East 24-11-2017

Bringing the Eastern Partnership closer to the citizens

The Eastern Partnership can only be successful if people feel and believe in its positive results and see concrete improvements in their daily lives, write Micheil Dschanelidse and Michael Roth.

Global Europe 22-11-2017

Reversing negative trends in the EU’s neighbourhood policy

With the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit this Friday (24 November) and the Bulgarian Presidency in January 2018, the EU is at a juncture where it can reverse a very negative trend and breathe new life in its neighbourhood policy, Harry Nedelcu writes.

Freedom of thought 16-08-2017

The EU disregards human rights in Iran

Federica Mogherini should be asked how she manages to continue relations with the Iranian officials despite reports of Tehran's declining respect for human rights, writes Hamid Bahrami.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

New lines in the sand in the Middle East

The Middle East used to be known for its stale continuity. But with the Qatar crisis now in its third week, the region is finding itself convulsed in its biggest diplomatic shakeup in decades, warns Willem Oosterveld.

Europe's East 03-05-2017

Israel needs good relations with Europe

Israel has a vested interest in a strong European Union. It needs European partners in order to maintain its Zionist vision of a Jewish state. But Europe is losing interest in the Middle East peace process and Israel itself is not helping matters, warns Nitzan Horowitz.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

Global Europe 22-02-2017

Tunisia underestimates imminent North Africa refugee crisis

Tunisia has signed agreements with the EU for the return of  illegal Tunisian immigrants and to host asylum seekers from other African countries. But Tunis is now denying those deals, writes Mourad Teyeb.

Global Europe 11-01-2017

Christians recognised as most persecuted religious group worldwide

Around the world, Christians are being persecuted because of their faith. The European Parliament brought much-needed recognition to the victims of persecution and needs to follow up with concrete tools to protect religious groups worldwide, writes Adina Portaru.

Global Europe 11-01-2017

West failed to understand what really happened in Turkey

Six months after the failed coup in Turkey, the EU must come to understand that there is no double standard when fighting terrorism, writes Veysi Kaynak.

Global Europe 22-09-2016

Outsourcing European border security – ‘at the whim of foreign dictators’?

If Europe wants to stabilise itself against the relentless pressure of South-North migration — a must rather than an option now — taking matters into its own hands is the only sustainable way forward, argues Leopold Traugott.

Global Europe 12-08-2016

Europe must go beyond security and focus on neighborhoods to fight extremism

With governments increasingly witnessing the limits of security-oriented responses, trans-Atlantic dialogue on neighborhoods holds the potential to unlock a policy toolbox of fresh solutions that European policymakers are searching for, writes Jeffrey Brown.

Global Europe 10-08-2016

Isn’t Turkey of interest to Europe?

European and Turkish leaders damaged relations between their countries following the near-coup in Turkey last month—and there are too many important policy issues at stake, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

Global Europe 05-07-2016

Warsaw NATO Summit: Time to act

Tomasz Poręba discusses the ever-growing threat coming from Russia and the importance of the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit in order to strengthen Europe’s eastern border.

Global Europe 01-07-2016

Mogherini’s new Global Strategy offers lighthouse for EU in uncertain waters

While all Europeans have become hostages of the Brexit talks, the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (28 June) offered a reassuring project for angry and worried European citizens, writes Damien Helly.

 

 

 

Refugee crisis: Education aid is only a click away

Countries hosting refugees are doing what they can to manage the influx of school-aged migrant but thinning resources make it difficult to accommodate every child’s requirements. Education technology can help fill that gap, writes Sébastien Turbot.

By eliminating the need for parallel organisational structures, the costs of diplomatic missions to Europe’s taxpayers could be reduced by one third.
Brexit 20-06-2016

Brexit: Rediscovering Europe as a win-win project

European policy debates have too often focused on measures redistributing wealth, thus creating "winners" and "losers". There are many unaddressed areas where EU-level action could unlock considerable cost savings and quality improvements, writes Achim Wambach.

Global Europe 14-06-2016

Erdogan’s apogee

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer, writes Andrew Duff.

EU Priorities 2020 08-04-2016

The week when Europe was hit by a perfect storm

The result of the Dutch referendum was the latest in a series of serious setbacks for the European project. The second week of April could be remembered as the moment when all the fronts in Europe’s multifaceted crisis started to converge, writes Jorge Valero.

Global Europe 26-02-2016

The EU must take a stand on Islam

To escape from extremism and xenophobia, Europe needs to carve a European Islam, not an Islam composed of communities influenced by their countries of origin, argue Massimo D’Alema and Tariq Ramadan.

Woman protesting on Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt [UN Women Rights/Flickr]
Global Europe 27-06-2014

EU will struggle to engage in Egypt

Egypt today is looking disturbingly similar to the country during its 'Mubarak years'. But does the EU have the influence and tools to counter this? Lisa Watanabe

Enlargement 23-01-2014

The EU needs to ask Russia the tough questions

As the European Union and Russia prepare to meet next week (28 January) at their biannual summit, EU leaders should prepare to address the tough questions about Moscow’s assertive diplomacy and how it is overshadowing Brussels’ strategies in the east, writes Bruno Lété.