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Priorities for the EU’s New Foreign Policy Agenda up to 2024
Priorities for the EU’s New Foreign Policy Agenda up to 2024Unleashing the Potential of the Common Foreign and Security Policy
by Jana Puglierin
DGAPanalyse 5 (October 2019), 18 pp.
Taking practical steps toward a more effective Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) must become a top concern for the EU in its next political-institutional cycle. The fresh start in Brussels in terms of personnel and setup offers a window of opportunity to revise CFSP’s priorities, as well as its conceptual and institutional framework. This presupposes that member states are actually willing to subordinate their own national objectives to a common European goal and make the necessary compromises.
Eastern Challenges for Josep Borrell – and the EU
Eastern Challenges for Josep Borrell – and the EU
by Milan Nič, Cristina Gherasimov
DGAPstandpunkt 26 (September 2019), 3 pp.
As the European Union’s next designated HR/VP, Josep Borrell will have to deal with major global challenges and the EU’s internal travails to shape foreign policy more assertively. In particular, two flash points on the EU’s doorstep – the eastern Ukraine and Serbia-Kosovo – will be early tests of Borell’s ability to enhance the Union’s ability to project influence as a global power and help build its capacity for strategic autonomy.
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.
Setting Course for the Next Five Years
Setting Course for the Next Five YearsThree Steps to Start an Effective EU Commission Presidency
by Julian Rappold
DGAPstandpunkt 23 (September 2019), 3 pp.
The designated European Commission President is busy putting together her team of Commissioners, which will face Parliamentary scrutiny at the end of October. Now is when Ursula von der Leyen is laying the basis for the success or weakness of her presidency. This task goes far beyond assigning names to portfolios.
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”US-China Trade-cum-Currency Conflict comes to Europe
by Shahin Vallée
DGAPviewpoint 21 (August 2019), 2 pp.
The trade conflict between the US and China has now clearly escalated into the currency realm. This will force Europe to respond to avert being the “variable of adjustment” for an economic conflict from which it cannot remain an innocent bystander.
How Europe’s populists lost EU game of thrones
by Sławomir Sierakowski
Project Syndicate, Online, July 29, 2019
In the European Union’s leadership negotiations this month, populist governments failed not only to act as spoilers, but also to secure any concessions at all. They now have every reason to worry that they will be held accountable for their routine violations of the rule of law when EU funds are disbursed.
Looking beyond Sibiu
Looking beyond SibiuEU cooperation can move forward – flexibly
by Julian Rappold, Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 14, May 7, 2019, 3 pp.
The European Council meeting in Sibiu on 9 May was intended to boost the European Union two weeks ahead of the European parliamentary election, and in the wake of the original March Brexit date. However, divided amongst themselves, the EU leaders are shying away from notable commitments even though citizens’ support for the EU has actually increased. The likely limited results of Sibiu reflect the current state of the EU, but do not necessarily determine its future after the election.
Can Slovakia and the Czech Republic overcome Europe’s east-west divide?
by Almut Möller, Milan Nič
ECFR Commentary, February 11, 2019
Prague and Bratislava can jointly develop a more visible profile within the Visegrad 4 group and counter the overall dominance of Hungary and Poland.
Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Regional Cooperation in the Western BalkansOptions for the Interplay of Neighborly Relations and EU Accession up to 2025
by Cornelius Adebahr, Theresia Töglhofer, Sarah Wohlfeld, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPkompakt 30 (December 2018), 21 pp.
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.
Is Russia Europe’s Biggest Threat?
Judy Dempsey asks Stefan Meister and other experts
by Stefan Meister
“Judy Asks,” Carnegie Europe Blog, February 21, 2018
As part of her “Strategic Europe” blog for Carnegie Europe’s website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP’s Stefan Meister, about Russia’s role for Europe.
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