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Happy birthday, EU NATO Declaration! All the best for your future

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[This post was originally published in the Atlantic Community.]   Saturday, July 8th, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of NATO. The signing of this joint declaration between the EU and the Atlantic Alliance called […]

NATO, Trump and Turkey: The Alliance needs more coherence

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On 25 May 2017, NATO leaders met in Brussels to celebrate the opening the new headquarters in Boulevard Léopold III. The location of the new headquarters is historically very significant: during construction four unexploded bombs from both the First and Second World Wars were found underneath. This should serve as an excellent reminder for what […]

The troubled road to ever closer union

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Earlier this year, leaders from the European Union (EU) gathered to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Treaty of Rome, a treaty which first laid the foundations for an ever closer union – shaping the future of the EU in the process. In principal, the idea of ever closer union has never offered the […]

‘Brexit’s Implications for the EU’s relations with international organisations’ by Nele Ewers-Peters

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While most of the current Brexit discussions concern whether British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government will opt for a hard or soft exit, it is relevant to think a step further. Since Theresa May’s announcement to go with the so-called hard Brexit, both the British government and the European Union will need to […]

‘The European Union has lost its creativity: We need a new vision of Europe’ by Igor Merheim-Eyre

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In 2002 Romano Prodi, then-president of the European Commission, anticipated the EU to become a ‘real global player’, capturing an era when the European Union (EU) was determined to achieve ‘sustainable stability and security’ within the EU, and, ‘from Morocco to Russia and the Black Sea’. So what happened to these aspirations? Today, the EU […]

“Turkish and Azerbaijani foreign policy strategies of resistance to the EU”, by Eske van Gils

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Turkey has, for unfortunate reasons, been covered extensively in the news over the past weeks. There appears to be consensus in Europe that neither political coups, nor subsequent mass repression, are acceptable. Moreover, the crackdown after 15th July is only the last item on a long list of measures taken over the past years which […]

‘Chaotic Turkey, paralysed NATO, lead-taking EU?!’ by Nele Ewers-Peters

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Can and should NATO learn from the EU? When a group within the Turkish military attempted a coup to overthrow the current government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) last Friday, the world knew that chaotic times will be ahead. This was however not the first coup […]


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