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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.
Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution-Building and the Development of Marginalized Regions
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Although Tunisia has made great strides over the past seven years, its democratization process remains fragile. Disillusionment with and distrust in the government, particularly high among the young, also manifest themselves in low voter turnout. To a great extent, this disillusionment stems from the various, persistent socio-economic problems which had led to the uprisings and the ouster of the former autocratic regime in 2011.
“You cannot stop information from being shared or disseminated”
“You cannot stop information from being shared or disseminated”Andrei Soldatov on digitalization in Russia
by Alena Epifanova
Digitalization is an innovative economic sector in Russia which showcases the country’s intellectual potential. Internet is readily available, with many Russian cities offering easier internet access than Germany cities. Russia is a network society with booming social media. At the same time, the Russian government is systematically trying to control this area. As this is not always technically feasible, Russia is intensifying its technological cooperation with China.
Germany in the Mediterranean - Between Sincere Engagement, Impotence, and a Normative Paradox
Dossier: Europe and the Mediterranean
by Dina Fakoussa
IEMed. Mediterranean Yearbook 2018, pp. 137-140
The Mediterranean was catapulted to the forefront of German foreign policy because of the uprisings in 2011. At first, euphoria characterized Germany’s standpoint. Today the region is in disarray. The German stand was altered accordingly but its engagement continues and was raised considerably. Despite intense engagement, several constraints prevent a visible German hallmark at the macro-political level, and Germany remains vulnerable to criticism because of a normative contradiction in its policy.
Protecting Europe
Protecting EuropeMeeting 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
IISS/DGAP Study, November 28th 2018, 44 p.
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.
Shaping the Future of Civilian Crisis Management
by Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf
peacelab.blog, 28.11.2018
Almost unnoticed by the wider public, the EU has taken a landmark decision to make its civilian crisis management more capable, flexible and responsive. However, important commitments in the “Civilian CSDP Compact” remain vague. As a strong supporter of civilian CSDP, Germany should push for further ambitious steps to be made concrete.
Return of the absent
Tunisians in Europe facing political transition
by Claire Demesmay, Sabine Ruß-Sattar, Katrin Sold
Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée 144, November 2018, pp. 191-210
This article explores the impact of the events of 2011 in North Africa (MENA) on Arab diasporas. This exploratory case study of the Tunisian expatriate communities in the immediate aftermath of the turmoil maps the changes in their associative networks and activities in France, Italy and Germany – the three principal European destinations for Tunisian migrants.
The US and North Korea, beyond the Singapore Summit
by Bernt Berger
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), 25 October 2018.
Following the inconclusive Singapore summit between the US and North Korea, Seoul decided to take matters into its own hands. International support for this crucial inter-Korean rapprochement process has been scarce, with many fearing to add fuel to the fire in the face of growing tensions with the US. Yet, it is key that the international community empower the two Koreas to set their own agenda towards stabilization - lest the historic oppportunity to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula vanish into thin air.
Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco: Migration, Education, and Employment
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Socio-economic deprivation is posing a vital threat to Morocco’s elusive peace by fueling radicalization and irregular migration. To safeguard the country’s development and stability, comprehensive policies are essential to address challenges in the mutually reinforcing areas of migration, education, and employment. Education level is alarmingly high, and knowledge taught at schools do not match the needs of the labor market. This volume provides recommendations both for the Moroccan government and the EU.
Us and U.S.?
Not all in Europe want to be a “counterweight” to Donald Trump’s United States
by Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, Eye on Europe, September 4, 2018
Germany wants a unified Europe that speaks to the US government with a strong voice. Foreign Minister Maas is right to call for a strong Europe. But first Germany needs to strengthen its commitment to EU security and defense policy.
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