Pragmatism, Not Politicization
Pragmatism, Not Politicization

Finding the right way to work with the Eurasian Economic Union

by Stefan Meister | Russia, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements

All aspects of EU-Russian relations have become politicized and “securitized” in light of the situation in Ukraine. This has confined communication with Russia to a few problematic topics and is limiting opportunities for exchange. But cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) can be improved by concentrating on the pragmatic, economic alignment of technical standards and norms as well as by improving the EU’s economic relations with each of the EEU’s participating states.

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How to Live with It and How to Outlive It

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Vladimir Putin’s Russia differs profoundly from the Russia the EU did business with in previous decades. Berthold Beitz Fellow Vladislav Inozemtsev holds that the country’s transition from a young democracy into an aggressive authoritarian regional power is nearing completion. The West must now concentrate on two things: developing realistic political attitudes about the course Russia is taking – and drafting an agenda for reconciliation and integration once the “second cold war” has been won.

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Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue

How Trialogues Can Enhance European Integration

by Claire Demesmay, Hans Stark

As the EU confronts an unprecedented number of crises, it is crucial to open up the longstanding Franco-German tandem to other partners. The ten authors of this compendium explore ten such possible triangular configurations – involving, respectively, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the European Commission, and the European Parliament – and point to several other potentially productive “trialogues.”

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Time to Act
Time to Act

The European Mainstream’s Obligation to Respond to the Rise of Populism

by Julian Rappold | Western Europe, Political Participation

Populist parties are on the rise across Europe. Like a cracked mirror, they call attention to the systemic dysfunctions of contemporary Europe. Six years of ongoing economic and debt crisis with social repercussions have left citizens frustrated, leaving them with a deep sense of insecurity about the political system’s lack of responsiveness and performance. Mainstream parties cannot afford to ignore this wake-up call. Only a serious counter-strategy can win back citizen support.

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France: A Hotbed of Opposition to TTIP?
France: A Hotbed of Opposition to TTIP?

The topic of arbitration is encountering opposition across parties

by Elvire Fabry | France, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements

The French public is traditionally skeptical about trade liberalization, but until recently there has been comparatively little noise about TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Unlike in Germany, the trade agreement has enjoyed high approval ratings in France. But the anti-TTIP movement is growing. One point under negotiation, arbitration, is encountering cross-party opposition. TTIP could well become an important issue in the run-up to the 2017 presidential elections.

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Hungary in the Media, 2010–2014
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Critical Reflections on Coverage in the Press and Media

by Klaus von Dohnanyi, Ágnes Gelencsér, Dániel Hegedüs, Gereon Schuch | Hungary

Viktor Orbán’s nationalist-conservative administration in Hungary has drawn critical attention from the international press since 2010. Serious concerns have also been expressed at the EU level on many issues, from the rule of law and freedom of the press, to growing anti-Semitism, to the way the government treats its poorest citizens. But are these sweeping condemnations always backed by facts? A DGAP working group compared outside media reports with a careful analysis of the Hungarian context.

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