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Local elections in Hungary
Orbán no longer invincible, but his party is still the strongest
by András Rácz
ICDS, October 22, 2019
On 13 October 2019, Hungary held its municipal and local elections, which resulted in opposition parties taking over Budapest as well as several countryside cities.
Mogherini’s legacy
 Mogherini’s legacy Federica Mogherini has remained a pale figure as the EU’s chief diplomat over the years. So what can we expect next?
by Jana Puglierin
International Politics and Society, 28. August 2019
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do List
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do ListIn the new Commission, inter-institutional relations should form a commissioner’s full portfolio
by Daniela Schwarzer
One of incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's top priorities is “a new push for European democracy.” Strengthening the EU's democratic legitimacy will require her to make sure that the EU delivers on citizens’ expectations, including by cooperating constructively with the European Parliament.
Divided in Diversity
Divided in DiversityOvercoming Europe’s Incoherence in National Approaches to Civilian CSDP
by Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf
DGAPanalyse 3, June 2019, 18 p.
Despite 15 years of mission practice, EU member states are often reluctant to commit considerable resources to civilian CSDP. One reason for this is the fact that EU member states diverge considerably on the role and strategic relevance they attribute to civilian crisis management in general, and civilian CSDP specifically. This divergence hampers a common understanding on the future direction of civilian CSDP, which is direly needed to strengthen it through the Civilian CSDP Compact.
Making America Great Again versus Made in China
Making America Great Again versus Made in ChinaThe US Geo-Economic Rivalry with China
by Claudia Schmucker, Stormy-Annika Mildner
DGAPanalysis 2, 2019, 60 pp.
The trade conflict between the United States and China is a severe threat to the world economy. While the debate over the effectiveness of tariffs is at a steady boil in the United States, the EU is opposed to tariffs as a means for dealing with China. Although serious issues with China must be addressed – such as dumping and subsidization – tariffs will make the United States neither more competitive nor secure.
Moldova’s Weak Democracy Is a Growing Risk for Europe
by Cristina Gherasimov
First published as Expert Comment, Chatham House, February 26, 2019
The country’s politics have been captured by a corrupt elite, creating a worrying security risk on the edge of Europe.
Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to Democracy
Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to DemocracyTunisia’s Double Challenge
by Shahrazad Far
DGAPkompakt 2 (January 2018), 4 pp.
The energy transition in Tunisia, which was first initiated in 2009 and reviewed in 2012, has underemphasized related social and political factors, such as employment and citizen participation in the country’s overall transition context. As the country continues on its path of democratization, the process of energy transition should underscore employment, enhance the role of local authorities and conducting energy-relevant surveys and opinion polls.
France Moves From EU Defense to European Defense
France Moves From EU Defense to European DefenseWhile the EU is celebrating PESCO, Paris is preparing for closer defense cooperation outside the union
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 16, 2017, 2 pages
Two parallel developments are currently taking place in European defense. One is the highly publicised expectation that the tiny Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) will transform into a comprehensive and powerful EU defense project. The second development is receiving far less attention. Paris is launching defense cooperation initiatives outside the EU format, thus moving from an EU-focused to a European-oriented defense approach.
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
by Bernt Berger
The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, October 13, 2017
By 15 October, US President Donald Trump will need to choose whether to certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.
The Future of the European Project
The Future of the European Project
by Thierry Chopin, Jean-François Jamet
DGAPanalyse 8, September 15, 2016, 14 pp. (in German)
At the EU summit on September 16 in Bratislava, 27 heads of state and government sought to show that the European Union would be facing the future together, despite the outcome of the British referendum to leave the EU. Thierry Chopin of the Fondation Robert Schuman and economist Jean-François Jamet describe how factors that previously brought unity to the European project have fallen by the wayside. They also suggest how these can be found again.
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