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What lessons learned from the Munich Security Conference? by Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

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This year’s Munich Security Conference took place under the theme ‘Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?’ and hoped to steer the direction of politicians and policy-makers into facing the wave of fake news and fake facts. Originally, the purpose of the Munich Security Conference is for senior politicians, diplomats and military experts to discuss current issues in the […]

‘Brexit’s Implications for the EU’s relations with international organisations’ by Nele Ewers-Peters

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While it now appears that British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government will opt for a hard exit, the exact consequences remain unclear and it is relevant to think a step further. Since Theresa May’s announcement to go with the so-called hard Brexit, both the British government and the European Union will need to […]

‘The European Union has lost its creativity: We need a new vision of Europe’ by Igor Merheim-Eyre

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In 2002 Romano Prodi, then-president of the European Commission, anticipated the EU to become a ‘real global player’, capturing an era when the European Union (EU) was determined to achieve ‘sustainable stability and security’ within the EU, and, ‘from Morocco to Russia and the Black Sea’. So what happened to these aspirations? Today, the EU […]

“Turkish and Azerbaijani foreign policy strategies of resistance to the EU”, by Eske van Gils

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Turkey has, for unfortunate reasons, been covered extensively in the news over the past weeks. There appears to be consensus in Europe that neither political coups, nor subsequent mass repression, are acceptable. Moreover, the crackdown after 15th July is only the last item on a long list of measures taken over the past years which […]

‘Chaotic Turkey, paralysed NATO, lead-taking EU?!’ by Nele Ewers-Peters

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Can and should NATO learn from the EU? When a group within the Turkish military attempted a coup to overthrow the current government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) last Friday, the world knew that chaotic times will be ahead. This was however not the first coup […]

Brexit and the Football Euro Cup – Chaos in the Making?

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What have Brexit and England in the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in common? Defeat for some, happiness for others. What have David Cameron and Roy Hodgson in common? A sad resignation for some, the beginning of a new era for others. Having a crucial referendum and an important football match within just a few days […]

Dutch vote on Putin, EU, and toilet paper in EU-Ukraine AA referendum

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On 6 April Dutch citizens can cast their vote on the Association Agreement (AA) between the EU and Ukraine. The referendum has been at the centre of the public debate over the past couple of months for a number of reasons. First, the referendum is the first organised under a new referendum law. Second, Ukraine […]

Why the EU needs the UK – A Security Perspective, by Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

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Most of the current discussions on the possible ‘Brexit’ — the United Kingdom leaving the European Union — are concerned with issues of the Eurozone and its economic implications, the ongoing migration and refugee crisis, and the potential economic, political and social consequences for the UK in case of leaving the EU. What has been […]

The return of the awkward partner? The new Polish government’s old foreign policy, by Łukasz A. Janulewicz

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The first week in office of the new Polish government seems to indicate that the worst concerns about the country’s potential ‘Orbanisation’ might even have been overly optimistic. Despite initial commentaries cautioning against alarmism the new government has so far managed to make Poles wake up to drastic political manoeuvres on an almost daily basis. […]

Hollande invokes EU solidarity while avoiding political and legal pitfalls, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre

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Hollande’s choice to invoke Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty is unusual, not least because of the novelty in making use of the Article. The choice, however, is rather deliberate. Firstly, President Hollande was no doubt presented with the possibility to invoke Article 222 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is the so-called ‘solidarity clause’ which, […]

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