About: EEAS

Development Policy 19-02-2018

Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the Human Rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomáš  Zdechovský.
Global Europe 23-08-2017

The time is right for better EU relations with non-Western strategic partners

Brussels needs to change the way it works with its foreign delegations in order to build closer relations with the strategic partners of tomorrow, write Jan Melissen and Wouter Zweers.
Azerbaijan 18-07-2017

Azerbaijan is disappointed with EU’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh

It's a pity that the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia did not contribute to the effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.
Freedom of thought 11-05-2017

Freedom of religion in EU diplomacy: Defending a cause or promoting divergent interests?

In recent years, the EU has taken several initiatives to promote freedom of religion across the world, even though the cause has been losing some of its lustre within international relations and has thrown into question the idea of basic rights as an indivisible whole, writes Professor François Foret.
Central Europe 02-12-2016

Fight the lies and ‘alt-truths’

The Kremlin uses our internal grievances to force a wedge between different groups of people in our societies, writes Tomáš Prouza.
Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe
EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2014

Hoping for an unexpectedly strong EU foreign policy chief

On 30 August, European leaders will gather to announce what they hope will be a weak successor to Catherine Ashton. It would be better for the EU if those hopes were dashed and a strong individual were to emerge, writes Jan Techau.
Nick Witney [Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Flickr]
Global Europe 18-07-2014

Hard truths about Europe’s soft power

Nick Witney is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and was the first chief executive of the European Defense Agency.
Marietje Schaake [Bram Belloni]
Global Europe 01-07-2014

EU policy towards Egypt must focus on human rights

Dutch Liberal MEP, Marietje Schaake has called on the European Union institutions and member states not to forget the political turmoil in Egypt and coordinate better to guide the work on the ground.
Med & South 28-02-2011

The Middle East Awakening

Europe should provide long-term assistance for the democratic and economic development of the southern Mediterranean's post-dictatorship governments, argues German Green politician Joschka Fischer, a former foreign minister and vice-chancellor.
Global Europe 31-01-2011

The EU’s External Action Service: New actor on the scene

The European External Action Service (EEAS) can provide a more coherent, visible and effective EU foreign policy but faces problems such as low morale among personnel, friction with the European Commission and disputes over EU representation in international organisations, writes Graham Avery, senior advisor at the European Policy Centre (EPC).
Global Europe 26-01-2011

‘Palestine Papers’ bear the failure of US as mediator

The leaked 'Palestine Papers' on concessions offered to Israel show the failure of the US as principal mediator and give the EU an opportunity to step up its role in peace talks, argues Spyros Danellis MEP, a member of the European Parliament's Palestine delegation, in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.
Future EU 22-11-2010

Europe’s New Diplomats

The European External Action Service is "one of the most important institutional reforms provided for by the Treaty of Lisbon" and should bring together "fragmented EU structures" to ensure that Europe speaks more often with one voice, writes German Green MEP Franziska Brantner in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV. 
Global Europe 06-07-2010

External Action Service: Much ado about nothing

The European External Action Service (EEAS) certainly does not signify the advent of a new dynamism in the EU's common foreign policy. There are too many differences between the interests of the various countries and the positions of the EU institutions and in the long term, all that remains is the hope that the EEAS will have the effect of a large socialisation structure, writes Stefani Weiss of the Bertelsmann Stiftung in a June publication.
Future EU 28-05-2010

Rewriting the ground rules of European diplomacy: The EEAS in the making

Setting up the European External Action Service (EEAS) is proving more difficult than anticipated, but this is no surprise given that the details were left until the implementation phase and it requires re-writing the ground rules of European diplomacy, write Timo Behr, Johanna Nykänen and Aaretti Siitonen of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in a briefing paper.