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    Taming the Bear: How EU Sanctions fail against Russia
    Jun02

    Taming the Bear: How EU Sanctions fail against Russia

    Skepticism towards the efficacy of sanctions is wide-spread, and in fact most of the literature to be found on the topic is deeply pessimistic. Thus, three years into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and after the European Union and allies imposed sanctions on Moscow, it is hardly surprising that those measures did not lead to the...

    The Political Economy of the Energy Union
    Feb14

    The Political Economy of the Energy Union

    In 2014 Juncker presented his vision on the European Energy policy, whereas we need to pool our resources, combine our infrastructures and unite our negotiation power with third countries. He established 4 pillars for an Energy Union: creating an Energy Union by pooling resources and connecting networks; diversifying energy sources; helping...

    Europe’s Hybrid Adversary: The European Dimension of the Battle for Aleppo
    Oct31

    Europe’s Hybrid Adversary: The European Dimension of the Battle for Aleppo

    After the latest Syrian ceasefire deal had been violated through a reckless airstrike on a UN-convoy which headed into the encircled Aleppo, more than 560 people were killed (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights). London and Washington called for Russia and its Syrian ally Assad to face war crime investigations, accusing them of...

    Post-Coup Turkey and Its Implications for South Caucasus
    Sep09

    Post-Coup Turkey and Its Implications for South Caucasus

    After several years of European attempt to locate the three South Caucasian countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, within a common framework, policies of these neighbouring states have become more distant to each other. Currently, the strategic region on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, finds itself in a situation where...

    A new EU Security Strategy: towards a militarised Europe?
    Aug16

    A new EU Security Strategy: towards a militarised Europe?

    “Europe has never been so prosperous, so secure nor so free”. It was 2003 and those were the words introducing the self-congratulatory EU Security Strategy that set the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) guidelines for the next 13 years. The former High Representative (HR), Javier Solana, drafted it to tackle indirect and external threats,...

    Is Europe being left behind in nuclear energy development?
    Jul04

    Is Europe being left behind in nuclear energy development?

    Brexit has taken most of the column inches recently throughout Europe, but amongst the ever changing tectonic plates of European geopolitics, day-to-day governance on a range of issues continues at pace. None are more important and potentially critical to the European energy sector than the future of nuclear development – both new build and plant...

    Slovakia’s EU Presidency: Brexit, divided Europe and an opportunity to restore the tarnished reputation
    Jul01

    Slovakia’s EU Presidency: Brexit, divided Europe and an opportunity to restore the tarnished reputation

    Today the Netherlands hands over the reins of the EU Council presidency to Slovakia. The challenges at hand could not be more consequential: the EU structures are being undermined by the popular revolt that has moved beyond symbolism and fringes of the society. The next six months will therefore be crucial in setting the tone with which the EU...

    Dutch Referendum: a symbolic blow to the establishment & an opportunity for change
    Apr07

    Dutch Referendum: a symbolic blow to the establishment & an opportunity for change

    Over the course of the past decade or so, the Netherlands has had two opportunities to snub the EU elites and it has not passed on either of the two: first in 2005 when the country voted against the Lisbon Treaty and then yesterday when the Dutch held a popular vote on the EU-Ukraine trade deal. In their revamped obstinate enthusiasm to stand up...

    Refugee Crisis: Bridging the gap between Old and New Europe
    Jan13

    Refugee Crisis: Bridging the gap between Old and New Europe

    Europe: Perpetual state of Crisis For almost half a century now, the Society of the German Language has chosen the so called Word of the Year – a word or a group of words that in the past 12 months made the most significant contribution to the country’s history. Last year’s winner? “Fluechtlinge” or in English, “refugee”. The two...

    Economic sanctions against Russia: What to expect next?
    Dec16

    Economic sanctions against Russia: What to expect next?

    This week is likely to be crucial for the extension of EU economic sanctions against Russia. On Monday, Ministers of Foreign Affairs met to discuss the issue; although the final decision is likely to be taken by Heads of State during the European Council on Thursday and Friday. Sanctions are due to expire in January 2016, and an extension of six...

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