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EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections
EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

A new "Plan B" for Brussels' policies toward Kiev

18/05/2016 | by Andreas Umland, Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Enlargement Process

After the manipulated elections to Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada in October 2012, Brussels' relations with Kiev are deadlocked. Ukraine is not fulfilling the signing conditions for the pre-initialed Association Agreement with the EU. Here an eight-point outline of further and alternative actions for the European Union.

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“We Need to Put Up Clear Stop Signs”
“We Need to Put Up Clear Stop Signs”

Interview with Jens Spahn (CDU)

24/11/2014 Germany, European Union

The younger generation of German politicians takes a rather sober view of Europe, as Jens Spahn, a 34 years old rising star in Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party, explains in an interview with IP JOURNAL. Spahn does not believe in the idea of an “ever closer Union” or a European federal state. Yet he wants Europe to work towards creating a common army.


Europa-Dämmerung? Think Again!
More democracy and fewer borders should be Europe’s rule of thumb
05/11/2014 | by Paul Hockenos
With separatist movements and right-wing populist parties on the rise, it would be easy to conclude that Europe is reverting to small-minded nationalism – and wrong. However, the EU’s vision of a united, transnational Europe could do with new impetus that a more even distribution of decision-making powers would bring.
Category European Union, Europe
Britain Outside Europe? The US View
UK withdrawal from the EU would be a double loss
25/11/2013 | by Jeffrey Lightfoot, Tim Oliver
Britain is one of the United States' most important relationships, but Britain's position within the EU is central to its importance. A UK exit from Europe would weaken the geopolitical position of Britain and change the EU and Europe in ways which could be detrimental to US interests.
Category European Union, Transatlantic Relations, Europe, United Kingdom, Worldwide
State Power within European Integration
On the limits and context of Germany's power in the Union
02/05/2013 | by Josef Janning
Germany is widely perceived to be calling the shots in Europe's sovereign debt crisis management, and maybe in the EU in general. But a state's influence in the union is complex and also contextual. Clearly, though, state power seems to have regained prominence in the European debate. How much power have member states retained, or perhaps even won, in the process of integration – and what does power in the Union look like? Five theses on power in today’s European Union.
Category Political System, Integration, Political Culture, Political Participation, Government and Society, EU-Treaties, Enlargement Process, European Union, Germany, Europe
Elysée Treaty Turns 50: Golden Anniversary Hangover
The current imbalance in Franco-German relations hurts everyone
22/01/2013 | by Claire Demesmay, Ronja Kempin
A crisis in Franco-German relations has arrived, just in time for the celebration of 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. This cannot be chalked up to the weakness of the French economy alone; the focus on budgetary questions inside the relationship has also advanced the inequality. Three recommendations to rekindle the romance between these two partners
Category Bilateral Relations, European Union, Germany, France, Western Europe, Europe
Goodbye? Hello!
Those who wish for Great Britain to remain in the EU should advocate for reforms in Brussels
11/01/2013 | by Will Straw
David Cameron has delivered his long awaited "speech on Europe" and announced that Britain will hold a referendum on EU membership. Despite recent warnings by the US administration against Britain leaving the EU, the British public seems more skeptical than ever. The debate about British relationship with Europe will continue at these new heights until the citizens vote. The clear “in or out” option could help mobilize a coalition of EU supporters, and reforms in Brussels would help the European cause in the UK.
Category European Union, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe
The State of the Internet: Reconstituting “Cyberspace”
Suggestions for a common EU strategy for Internet security
19/12/2012 | by Annegret Bendiek, Ben Wagner
Before decisions on the regulation of the Internet and prevailing universal norms are made on a global level, Europeans must develop a common Internet strategy. Such an EU strategy, however, cannot pit security against freedom or the interests of the state against individual liberties and fundamental rights.
Category Cyber Security, New Risks, Security, NATO, Regional Organizations, Law & Institutions, Technology and Research, Political Culture, Government and Society, Information Technology, Political Participation, European Union, Europe
Faint Praise for EU Climate Diplomacy
EU and German efforts fall short in Doha
13/12/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
The EU did more than just about anyone else at the recent UN climate summit in Doha to make progress on an array of issues that could slow global warming. But this praise is consciously faint. The meager steps forward in Qatar – like the formulation of a successor treaty to Kyoto – won’t keep global temperatures from rising less than 2 degrees in coming decades or coastal states from being swallowed up by the Pacific.
Category Climate and Environment, Climate Change, Resources and Energy, Renewables, European Union, Climate & Energy Policy, Qatar, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Model or Maverick?
Peter Altmaier and Günther Oettinger discuss Europe’s Energiewende
06/12/2012 | by Peter Altmaier, Günther Oettinger
The EU plans to modernize its public power supply, to create an integrated energy infrastructure, and to take the leap into the era of renewable energy. Is Europe on the right track? And what is Germany’s role? Here are three questions for the Federal Minister for the Environment Peter Altmaier and European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger.
Category Resources and Energy, Renewables, European Union, Climate & Energy Policy, Geographical areas of Europe, Germany
Grasping at Goethe
What Faustian conclusions can and cannot explain about the euro crisis.
03/12/2012 | by Derek Scally
From Germany’s hard left to the ordoliberal right of the Bundesbank, Goethe offers something for everyone as Germany grapples to understand the euro crisis debate. But is the man himself a model of Germanic thrift or a warning of Greek profligacy? Could his texts be the key to understanding the tortured German euro crisis response?
Category Economy and Currency, European Union, Finance, Economy and Finance, Financial Crisis, Geographical areas of Europe, Germany
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Can the polls be won on the euro rescue?
03/12/2012 | by Almut Möller
Clearly, the future still does not look rosy for the Eurozone. But three years into the euro crisis, Angela Merkel, whose global recognition has skyrocketed in the course of the crisis, remains in surprisingly good shape. As many times as worries that the euro rescue will ultimately fail might have kept her up at night over this past year — she doesn’t look it.
Category European Union, Western Europe, Geographical areas of Europe, Europe, Germany
Goodbye London
If Britain insists on leaving the Union, it should do so gracefully
29/11/2012 | by Roderick Parkes
British elites have quite suddenly become comfortable with the idea of the UK exiting the European Union in the next few years, and their counterparts on the European mainland seem to have accepted the prospect as well. Continental leaders will not bear Britain ill-will for leaving, at least not if London does it right.
Category European Union, Geographical areas of Europe, Western Europe, United Kingdom
To Be Roma in Hungary, and Survive
Where reckless rhetoric meets ruinous reality on the national political scene
21/11/2012 | by Polish Institute of International Affairs
The conservative Orbán government competes with the right-radical Jobbik party for voters, while also trying to toe the line it's drawn on integration of and protection for Hungary's Roma minority. Such an impossible course may prove disastrous on all fronts.
Category Integration, Government and Society, European Union, Hungary, South-East Europe
EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections
A new "Plan B" for Brussels' policies toward Kiev
20/11/2012 | by Andreas Umland, Iryna Solonenko
After the manipulated elections to Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada in October 2012, Brussels' relations with Kiev are deadlocked. Ukraine is not fulfilling the signing conditions for the pre-initialed Association Agreement with the EU. Here an eight-point outline of further and alternative actions for the European Union.
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Eastern Europe
The Primacy of Economic Interests
Economic interests trump security and challenge Western unity
15/11/2012 | by Michael Rühle
As traditional security policy is superseded by economic and energy interests, we must begin to discuss the “economization of security policy” – the implications of which go far beyond the current global financial crisis and its effects on the security policy of the West. One voice inside NATO describes what needs to be done to ensure that this commercialization of security will still allow the friendly member countries of NATO and the EU to avoid 21st century conflicts and to continue to act collectively.
Category Financial Crisis, Finance, Economy and Finance, NATO, European Union, Regional Organizations, Law & Institutions, Military Capacity, Security, Resources and Energy, China, Russia, Worldwide
Nixon to China, Dacic to Brussels?
Overcoming Reticence Toward Kosovo Essential for Serbian Entry into EU
02/11/2012 | by Elizabeth Pond
A joint EU-US diplomatic visit to Serbia hints that the West sees new Serbian premier Ivica Dacic and his Deputy Aleksandar Vucic as precisely the ones who could persuade their followers, thirteen years after the Kosovo War and four years after Kosovo's secession, to drop 19th-century territorial grievances and move on to a 21st century inside the European Union.
Category European Union, Transatlantic Relations, Balkans, South-East Europe, United States of America, North America
Will Europe Ever Bite on Its Turkish Delight?
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan sets 2023 deadline for EU accession agreement
01/11/2012 | by Derek Scally
Fundamental disagreements in Germany and Europe over Turkish accession to the EU overshadow celebrations for the opening of the new Turkish Embassy in Berlin.
Category European Union, Turkey, Southern Europe, Germany, Central Europe
Europe's Budget Wrangling
A lesson in irrationality
30/10/2012 | by Polish Institute of International Affairs
It is not just that the negotiations are highly complex and have many moving parts, or that they condense long-term guesswork about the world in 2020 into a single, big-bang decision. It is that an irrational outcome has essentially been preprogramed.
Category Budget, European Union, Geographical areas of Europe
London Is Calling, But not Getting Through
Germans prove to be less than receptive to British efforts to debate Europe
26/10/2012 | by Almut Möller
Londoners are flocking to Berlin these days. During the last two years the Brits calling Berlin or stopping by to chat with Berlin’s political analysts seemed to mostly come from the financial sector. But as eurozone governments have begun transitioning from crisis mode into the messy business of sorting out the longer-term fixes, it’s now Britain's politicians who are showing up in Berlin to discuss Europe.
Category European Union, Bilateral Relations, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, Geographical areas of Europe