Europe in the World

Ukraine-EU: the next lap
21 February 2013
Vasyl Belmega (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC) and Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

While the forthcoming 25 February EU-Ukraine Summit offers both sides an opportunity to air all issues of concern and reopen a clear political dialogue, it remains far from guaranteed that relations will get back on track. This Commentary by Amanda Paul and Vasyl Belmega analyses the prospects for success, outlines where the key challenges lie, and suggests steps that should be taken by both the EU and Kyiv.


Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation - The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations
14 February 2013
Dennis Sammut (Member of the EPC's Strategic Council; Director, LINKS)

The European Union hopes to conclude Association Agreements with some, if not all, of the three South Caucasus countries by the end of this year. Dennis Sammut argues that it is now time for change and reform to be embraced with enthusiasm.
An early spring in Tel Aviv? - Israeli elections between change and uncertainty
5 February 2013
Andrea Frontini (Policy Analyst) and Zuzana Novakova (Doctoral researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

This Commentary by Andrea Frontini and Zuzana Novakova argues that despite persisting risks of ‘domestic retrenchment’, Israel’s recent elections offer external players an opportunity to capitalise on political change in Tel Aviv by encouraging regional peace-making initiatives.


Learning to dance to the same tune? The European External Action Service and National Diplomacies
17 January 2013
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Kristi Raik (External authors)

The 2013 Review of the European External Action Service must lead to making the different EU actors – the EEAS, member states’ national diplomacies and the Commission – all dance to the same tune, argue Rosa Balfour and Kristi Raik in this Commentary.


Equipping the European Union for the 21st century
17 January 2013
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Kristi Raik (External authors)

Does the EU have the institutional and political structures to pursue its foreign policy priorities and strategies? With the 2013 Review of the European External Action Service due, this is a pertinent question.


A battle against decline? EU defence after the European Council
17 December 2012
Andrea Frontini (Policy Analyst)

This Commentary by Andrea Frontini argues that the time has come for EU leaders either to get more serious about defence integration in Europe or simply live with its ineluctable, and quite dangerous, military decline.


Palestine's UN status change: what comes next?
3 December 2012
Eberhard Rhein (Senior Adviser to EPC on neighbourhood policy)

The UN’s decision to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority in the General Assembly from ‘observer’ to ‘non-member observer state’ status may ease the path towards full UN membership for Palestine, writes Eberhard Rhein in this Commentary.


Ukraine: The Moment of Truth
26 October 2012
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Roman Rukomeda (External authors)

This Commentary looks at the likely outcomes of the election, the different actors, and the possible impact of the poll on relations with the EU.


In the hunt for Caspian Gas, the EU can learn from China
17 October 2012
Alexandros Petersen (External authors)

The EU could learn a thing or two from China in the Caspian, argues Alexandros Petersen in this Commentary.


Georgia's future: between Euro-Atlantic aspirations and geopolitical realities
27 September 2012
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Zaur Shiriyev (Senior Research Fellow, ADA University)

In this Policy Brief, Amanda Paul and Zaur Shiriyev look at the challenges facing Georgia in terms of its Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations.


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