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Global Europe 08-12-2020

The EU and Turkey: Three scenarios

The volatile situation around Erdoğan’s Turkey poses a dilemma for EU decision makers. Three scenarios can be envisaged for how the EU handles tensions with Ankara, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Energy 10-12-2019

Turkey-Libya Mediterranean deal is about energy and extending Ankara’s influence

Ankara’s moves in the Mediterranean Sea reflect President Erdoğan’s ambitions to make Turkey a leading country. But its unilateralism is unnecessarily aggravating tensions in the region and, as usual, leaves it to Brussels and Washington to sort it out, writes Henri J Barkey.
Global Europe 18-11-2019

Arab uprisings: spring time continues

Since the rapture of the 2011 Arab uprisings, starting in Tunisia and sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East – most notably engulfing Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Yemen – a bitter aftertaste of repression and civil war lingers, writes Sharon Lecocq.
Global Europe 20-12-2018

Human rights violations in Egypt: EU must speak out!

The EU should be aware of plans to amend the Egyptian Constitution that could extend the power of the President indefinitely, showing the true intentions of an authoritarian state, writes Wahid Al-Asmar.
Development Policy 24-10-2018

EU is as comfortable as China with the African thugs and dictators

The EU has long frowned at China’s action in Africa for not requiring respect for human rights as a condition for aid and thus promoting a Chinese-inspired authoritarian Africa. But in recent years the EU is not better, writes Fabian Wagner.
Global Europe 18-10-2018

Northern Africa: Europe’s new border guard?

As another EU summit gets underway, Leïla Bodeux and Davide Gnes wonder what values Europeans are willing to give up in order to stop migration.  
Global Europe 27-03-2018

Europe and the Egyptian election: Do not congratulate

European leaders should treat the Egyptian election as the meaningless exercise it is. Instead of congratulating the President's coronation, they should instead make a renewed effort to voice their disagreement with his style of government, writes Anthony Dworkin.
Global Europe 09-10-2017

Unity of Palestinian groups: What the EU should do

The EU can play an effective role to achieve the main objective which is the two-state solution. Initially, it should recognise Palestine based on the 1967 borders and condition it with disarming Hamas, writes Hamid Bahrami.
Euro & Finance 22-04-2016

Time for a serious re-think as EBRD celebrates 25th birthday

When the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) started operating in 1991, it seemed like the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union would transition to market economies with help from the bank. However, it has not gone as planned, writes Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath.
Development Policy 04-01-2016

Ethiopia makes progress on the Nile Dam project

By learning how to cooperate, Ethiopia may be one step closer to realising its dream of finishing construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Med & South 01-12-2015

Time to transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.

Press freedom: How the EU struggles to match action with values

Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. But the EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world, argues Jean-Paul Marthoz.
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.
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
Elections 29-05-2012

The Egyptian Election and the Arab Spring

Westerners have underestimated the extent of the support for the military regime in Egypt and the degree to which anti-Mubarak demonstrators were committed to Western-style democracy rather than a democracy that represented Islamic values, writes George Friedman.
Global Europe 06-12-2011

Egypt serves as a case study of an inherent contradiction in Western ideology

What if there are democratic elections and the people choose a regime that violates the principles of Western human rights? What happens if, after tremendous Western effort to force democratic elections, the electorate chooses to reject Western values and pursue a very different direction? George Friedman, leading expert at Stratfor, the US intelligence consulting firm, offers a view on recent development in Egypt.
Med & South 16-03-2011

Imagining a New Mediterranean World

The upheaval in North Africa holds the possibility of a renewal of the Mediterranean Union, if Europe can overcome its obsession with Islamic fundamentalism and the 'Muslim Question', argues Mustapha Tlili of New York University.
Med & South 28-02-2011

The Middle East’s feminist revolution

The significant participation of women in the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa challenges both local dictators and Western stereotypes, writes author and social critic Naomi Wolf.
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 22-02-2011

Libyan chaos and its regional impact

Events in Libya are different from those in Tunisia and Egypt and could eventually lead to civil war there, according to global intelligence company Stratfor. This could in turn have a profound impact on other countries in the region and affect the political stability of the whole Middle East, warns Stratfor in a commentary.
Global Europe 17-02-2011

EU must build, not shout, in the year of revolutions

The democratic revolutions in Northern Africa and the Middle East are reminiscent of Eastern Europe 20 years ago, writes Michael Berendt on his blog. Nevertheless, it is important for the EU not just to be vocal about it but to build new relationships with these new partners, he argues.
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