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Europe’s Geo-Economic Commission
Europe’s Geo-Economic Commission
by Jana Puglierin, Niklas Helwig
Berlin Policy Journal, 7 October 2019
With her commission set-up, Ursula von der Leyen is pushing aside traditional foreign policy in order to focus on an area where the EU has more power: economics.
The Mainstreaming of Corruption
by Sławomir Sierakowski
Article on Project Syndicate, 27 September 2019
Unethical behavior by populist parties across the West has forced traditional parties to abandon their own moral standards. And the evidence suggests that if mainstream politicians want to try to beat populists at their own corrupt game, their supporters will reward them for it.
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.
The Devilʼs in the Detail
The Devilʼs in the Detail
by Kaan Sahin
Berlin Policy Journal, August 2019
A flurry of AI ethics guidelines have been published this year, by the EU, the OECD, and Beijing. But there are many stumbling blocks ahead before binding rules can be implemented.
Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy: Employment, Trade, and International Cooperations
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further augmented by its challenging neighborhood. Given the strategic importance of Jordan, it is in the EU’s own interest to support Jordan and ensure that the socio-economic issues and various regional challenges do not lead to a (further) destabilization of the country.
Inside the Hong Kong Protests
by Sławomir Sierakowski
Project Syndicate, Online, August 21, 2019
The Communist Party of China would like the mainland Chinese population and the rest of the world to believe that the ongoing, sometimes violent protests in Hong Kong pose a threat of “terrorism.” But the truth is that China has only itself to blame for pushing the city’s idealistic youth into the streets once again.
Mission Possible in the Strait of Hormuz
Mission Possible in the Strait of HormuzGiving a flat “no” to a naval mission to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf does not solve Germany’s dilemmas.
by Henning Riecke
Berlin Policy Journal, 2. August 2019
The German government has just decided not to back a US-led mission to protect the shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. It will now find it harder to work for its interests in the region.
Socio-Economic Development and Violent Extremism in Morocco: Morocco’s Regional Policy, Migration and (De-)Radicalization
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
In response to recent destabilization posed by violent extremist groups, Morocco has pursued a highly security-based approach. Though successful, ongoing socio-economic challenges fuel radicalization. Due to this, some demand the government prioritize greater domestic engagement instead of regional investment and economic integration in Sub-Saharan Africa. These authors analyze Morocco’s strategy to prevent and counter violent extremism, and assess the implications of recent regional policies.
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.
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