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Section: Europe’s World (Belgium)

    Why is Europe so silent on Syria?
    Feb07

    Why is Europe so silent on Syria?

    Why did nearly six years have to pass? Why did hundreds of thousands of people in Syria have to die and many millions have to flee? Why did it take so long for Europe to feel even a little disgust at the tragedy of Aleppo, one of the biggest worldwide humanitarian catastrophes of recent years? Why, for months, did the European Union only keep...

    Understand more, condemn less – the way ahead for Russia and the EU
    Nov28

    Understand more, condemn less – the way ahead for Russia and the EU

    While liberal politicians and media lamented the results of Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union and the outcome of the American presidential election, Moscow reacted to these events with hope. The momentous developments of the past six months will not have any direct bearing on Russia’s interests, but they will...

    Russia hopes to benefit from Britain’s departure
    Nov21

    Russia hopes to benefit from Britain’s departure

    For several decades, the United Kingdom has been vital to the formation of the European energy market. It was one of the first European countries to privatise and deregulate its national electricity and gas markets, and has since benefited from the collective power of the EU to counter the threats of energy exporters such as Russia, thereby...

    Why the EU must fashion a tough pre-Trump agenda
    Nov10

    Why the EU must fashion a tough pre-Trump agenda

    Lulled by the opinion polls and its own wishful thinking, Europe expected US foreign policy continuity following a Hillary Clinton victory. Now, Europeans must awaken to the unpredictable change and volatility a Donald Trump presidency will bring. The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini tweeted her reaction only minutes after...

    US exceptionalism or withdrawal from the world?
    Nov02

    US exceptionalism or withdrawal from the world?

    There is an old American saying, ‘politics should stop at the water’s edge’. It means foreign policy should be driven by a country’s national interests and values, not its domestic politics. But it’s a myth. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is one example of exploding this myth. Overnight, British citizens...

    Explaining Germany’s contradiction: Energy Union and Nord Stream 2
    Jul19

    Explaining Germany’s contradiction: Energy Union and Nord Stream 2

    The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany has become one of the most controversial topics in European energy policy. For a majority of European policymakers and analysts, it seems hard to understand how Angela Merkel’s government can back the creation of a more secure Energy Union and a seemingly...

    Don’t be fooled: Joining NATO doesn’t mean Montenegro has changed
    Mar01

    Don’t be fooled: Joining NATO doesn’t mean Montenegro has changed

    Montenegro’s NATO membership has been in the pipeline for years. But only in the past few months, since Montenegro adopted tough EU-led sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, has Russia raised concerns. Though the government in Podgorica has maintained that its move is in no way “expressing an anti-Russian mood”, Moscow called the final...

    Russia, between fear and defiance
    Mar01

    Russia, between fear and defiance

    As I arrived in Moscow this month, the talk of town was the BBC’s hypothetical drama ‘World War Three: Inside the War Room’, which had dismayed the Russian public. Everyone I spoke to believed that the film was intended to rally public support in Europe for a war against Russia. I of course protested, but when I heard in response:...

    Threats to the Paris accord
    Dec17

    Threats to the Paris accord

    The deal on climate change, concluded on December 2015 in the UN Climate Conference in Paris, can justifiably be described as a game-changer or, in U.S. President Barack Obama’s words, humanity’s “best chance to save the planet”. 195 countries – including the U.S. and China which account for 35% of greenhouse emissions – managed,...

    Arranging the European symphony
    Dec08

    Arranging the European symphony

    Most university seminars on the European Union begin with a seemingly simple, yet in truth remarkably complex exercise: defining Europe. Some answers can be quite creative, ranging from definitions based on who partakes in the Eurovision Song Contest to geographic, cultural, as well as political definitions. Very clearly, Europe means different...

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