Europe in the World

On the receiving end: strengthening European preparedness for cross-border disaster assistance
15 December 2010

The launch of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ report on the legal framework for cross-border disaster relief highlighted how the International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (IDRL) guidelines and recommendations have been and will continue to be important contributions to the EU policy-making process, as discussed at a Policy Dialogue.


Turkey, Armenia & Azerbaijan - Looking to the future - Roundtable
2 December 2010

This Roundtable focused on both the stalled Turkey-Armenia rapprochement and the ongoing peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Azerjaijani province of Nagorno-Karabakah and the impact on the region as a whole.


EU-Georgia Economic Relations: Achievements & Challenges - Roundtable
29 November 2010

This Eastern Promises Roundtable provided an opportunity to share views and experiences on the business climate in Georgia and on the developments of EU-Georgia economic relations.


East Asian security: views from Japan
29 November 2010

Tsutomu Kikuchi, Professor in International Relations at Aoyama Gakuin University, and Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Research Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation, presented a tour d’horizon of Asian security and political relations at a Policy Dialogue.


EU-Indonesia: time to move to strategic partnership?
25 November 2010

In 2009, Indonesia and the EU signed a comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). N. Hassan Wirajuda, former foreign minister of the Republic of Indonesia and currently a leading advisor to the Indonesian President told a Policy Briefing, held in cooperation with the Indonesian Mission to the EU, that "it is now time for Indonesia and the EU to move beyond the PCA to a strategic partnership”.


A new European contract for the Balkans and Turkey: the role of Greece
22 November 2010

Dimitris Droutsas, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, took a slightly cynical approach to the “ritual of assessing candidate countries” at a breakfast briefing, as he felt the public had lost interest and enlargement its political impetus.


Cross-border terrorism: time for global action?
22 November 2010

The ways in which countries and multinational organisations cooperate in order to stop international and cross-border terrorism raises extremely complicated issues, agreed speakers at an EUforAsia Brussels Briefing.


Is the EU losing Ukraine or is it business as usual? - Roundtable
19 November 2010

This Roundtable, in collaboration with the Open Society Institute and the International Renaissance Foundation in Kyiv, provided insights into the progress made by the Yanukovych government in some areas and the perceived deterioration in others.


Reinforcing the Union's disaster capacity response
28 October 2010

With the number of disasters rising every year, it is vital to create a comprehensive, holistic European Disaster Response mechanism, said Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response at a breakfast briefing.


Belarus and the EU: business as usual? - Roundtable
28 October 2010

This Roundtable discussion assessed the EU's approach thus far and resulted in many proposals on the way forward for the EU's relationship with its 'isolated neighbour to the East'.


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