Europe in the World

Will the December Summit safeguard the future of Europe’s defence and security industry?
4 December 2013

The European defence and security industry is a major source of innovation, growth and capabilities for military operations, but it currently faces a number of considerable economic and strategic challenges.

Will the December Summit safeguard the future of Europe’s defence and security industry?


Thirsty world: linkages and inter-dependencies between water and energy, agriculture and environment - Task Force meeting
2 December 2013

This Task Force meeting explored the interconnections between water and energy, agriculture and environment to demonstrate the complex nature of the water challenge.


The European Union as crisis manager – patterns and prospects
21 November 2013

The European Union is increasingly engaged in managing crises inside and outside Europe. Over the past two years, the EU has stepped up its capacities and is reorganising its toolbox to enable it to respond to escalating and complex crises.

The European Union as crisis manager: patterns and prospects


Do EU sanctions work?
18 November 2013

In recent times, the EU has increasingly relied on the use of sanctions in its external action, a trend which has been reinforced by the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty and the strengthening of the EU foreign policy institutional machinery.

Do EU sanctions work?


Russia and the South Caucasus: what sort of role and what sort of future?
6 November 2013

The recent decision of Armenia to join the Russian-led Customs Union rather than sign an Association Agreement including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU shows the extent of Russian influence in the South Caucasus.

Russia and the South Caucasus: what sort of role and what sort of future?


The Eastern Partnership beyond Vilnius – Opportunities and challenges
24 October 2013

The 28-29 November Eastern Partnership (EaP) Vilnius Summit will be a milestone in the EU’s journey towards deepening its partnership with its Eastern partners and for its Neighbourhood Policy.

The Eastern Partnership beyond Vilnius


EU Sanctions: An assessment - Second workshop
22 October 2013

This workshop, organised in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU, further examined the effectiveness of EU sanctions, particularly in relation to case studies of Belarus, Myanmar/Burma, Iran and Syria.


Georgia's path to Vilnius and beyond: expectations and challenges
17 October 2013

Despite pressure from the Russian Federation and criticism from the UNM opposition party, Georgia is confident that it will initial an Association Agreement with the EU at next month’s Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.

Georgia's path to Vilnius and beyond: expectations and challenges


Ukraine's road to Vilnius - A rocky but essential journey
2 October 2013

Ukraine has stepped up its efforts to meet the EU’s criteria that will allow it to sign an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November.

Ukraine's road to Vilnius


Water cycle challenges in and beyond the EU – How big a problem? – Task Force meeting
23 September 2013

This meeting painted a picture of the challenges in the water cycle, both in and outside the EU, demonstrated why quantity, quality and access to water matter, and provided an overview of the EU’s water-related policies and tools for action.


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