Italy is going to elections by the end of this month after 14 months of technocratic-ruling administration. Pier Luigi Bersani, the center-left candidate has a good chance of becoming Italy’s next leader and couple of days ago I attended a short, yet very meaningful speech of him at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. Pro-European, sharp and thoughtful, he delivered indeed a strong message.
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No other country aspired membership to the European Union for such a long time as Turkey. It’s been twenty-five years since EU-Turkey negotiations began. During this time, the EU was able to exert much positive influence on the country. The social, economic and political system of Turkey has fundamentally evolved and now resembles the European model more closely than ever. Also the EU would, economically and politically, benefit enormously from Turkey’s accession. However, many issues remain. The New Federalist’s Florian Grünwald and Sarah Dejaegher take a look at EU-Turkey relations.
When the news was confirmed, the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the EU triggered a wide range of reactions, from joy and delight over mild criticism to outrage and disbelief. Jean-Baptiste Houdart tries to summarize reactions and explains why the EU is a worthy recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
EST’s ambassador to Lithuania, Edvardas Pocius, takes a look at the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lithuania and explains if any foreign policy changes should be expected, and if so, which obstacles might need to be overcome first.
While the crevice of the EU credit crisis is disseminating, the core issues, which are painfully veritable, have remained remarkably tacit. As a result, the troublesome reluctance to address the fundamental issues of the crisis has raised questions on what must be done to regain the economic growth of the EU. Henri Erti tries to give an answer.
The World Bank recently published a report which served as a reminder of a fact that is easily forgotten these days: The European Union is a success story when it comes to economic growth and standards of living. The key to success has been regional economic integration: The European Single Market has allowed enterprises and workers to make use of business and job opportunities.
There is no perfect human being. We all have virtues and flaws. The same thing somehow applies to states, considering that there is no absolutely self-efficient, developed and environmentally conscious country. Countries cooperate with each other and build up “friendships” to cover their needs and maximize their various interests. A “friendship” of complementary interests is found between the EU and China with a view to end up their crises.
“Belarus represents an extreme case of an authoritarian regime apparently little enticed by the EU’s carrots and little disturbed by the EU’s sticks”, Professor Karen E. Smith pointed out while reflecting on the EU-Belarus relations within the context of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in 2005. Although six years have already passed, things have not [...]
The importance of recent parliamentary elections in Poland far exceeded its local limitations. No wonder that the EU member-states and outside world carefully and attentively observed the voting process, since the polish people had to determine which foreign policy vector they would support – pro-EU or anti-EU, neighbor-friendly or regional-defiant? What does this decision mean for the EU? An response to David Grodzki’s assessment entiteld “Why Poland’s new old government is good news for the EU”.
At least 16 Kosovo Serbs and 4 NATO Peacekeepers were injured during clashes at a disputed border crossing. Violence in Northern Kosovo has flared up again after the situation seemed to have stabilized somehow after the end of the Balkan wars. What makes things worse is that this alarming situation might cause Serbia to lose its EU membership candidate status: Serbia now faces a dilemma: its national pride on the one hand and its possible European membership on the other.