Protecting Europe
Protecting Europe

Meeting the EU’s military level of ambition in the context of Brexit

by Douglas Barrie, Ben Barry, Henry Boyd, Marie-Louise Chagnaud, Nick Childs, Bastian Giegerich, Christian Mölling, Torben Schütz

The ability of the European Union to act in defense, today and in the future, is an important reference point in the discussion relating to strategic autonomy and to the impact of the British exit from the Union (Brexit). The EU has set itself a military level of ambition. This study assesses to what extent the EU is able to fulfil this level of ambition, today and with an outlook towards a 2030 horizon.

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As part of its project on promoting think-tank work in the Middle East and North Africa, including Jordan, the MENA program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) aims to strengthen the scholarly and technical capacities of actors from both regional and EU civil society who are engaged in research, policy analysis, and advising.

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Moving EU Civilian Crisis Management Forward
Moving EU Civilian Crisis Management Forward

More Capable, More Flexible, More Responsive

European Union, Security

The security environment of the European Union (EU) has changed dramatically over the past decade. New complex conflicts have erupted in the EU’s neighborhood, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Yemen, while long-standing conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan persist. Moreover, the rule-based world order has been increasingly fragmenting over the last years, and is facing a rise of interest-based foreign policy resting on power and deterrence.

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Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans

Options for the Interplay of Neighborly Relations and EU Accession up to 2025

by Cornelius Adebahr, Theresia Töglhofer, Sarah Wohlfeld, Natasha Wunsch | Balkans, European Union

Under the European Commission’s 2018 Western Balkan strategy, candidate countries from the region must resolve bilateral disputes before joining the EU. As it wants to avoid importing conflicts, the EU puts the onus to ensure good neighborly relations onto the region itself. International researchers from this year’s TRAIN program developed scenarios for the region. They range from increasing regional cooperation to the possible fallout from failed conflict resolution or an EU fatigue toward the region.

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Straddling between Optimism and Mistrust
Straddling between Optimism and Mistrust

France’s Youth Doubts Reform Successes

by Julie Hamann, Sara Jakob | France, Reform

For many young people in France, President Macron’s reforms failed to alleviate their social anxieties. Unemployment remains high, employment conditions precarious, and what started as a protest against new fuel taxes quickly spilled over to other reform areas including social policy. Macron will need to gain the youngsters’ trust ahead of the European Parliament election – not least because its outcome will decisively shape his domestic credibility, and consequently, his political fate.

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Hurdle Race with a Slow Start
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Public Administration Reform in Ukraine

by Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Reform

Launched in 2015 after the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine’s public administration reform is a serious attempt to overhaul the existing system based on recognized European principles. However, its implementation has been patchy due to various obstacles including poor leadership and resistance to change. To tackle these drawbacks, it is important to establish a reform task force led by the prime minster and improve legislation. Support from Germany and Europe will also be decisive for the reform’s success.

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