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Women’s Leadership and Empowerment in the Transnistrian Conflict Resolution in Moldova

Julia Vassileva |

Russia’s full-scale invasion and war of aggression against Ukraine has impacted security perception in the European Eastern Neighbourhood and it has highlighted the need for the international community to pay increased attention to so-called ‘frozen’ conflicts. When such conflicts remain ignored and unresolved for too long, there is continuous danger of eruption and escalation.

Two years of war in Ukraine : lessons learnt

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Albrecht Sonntag to eu!radio! He is a professor at ESSCA School of Management, based in Angers, France. He spoke about the European Union’s learning process over the last two years since Russia's invasion on Ukraine.

European Defence Spending Should Be Better Aligned

Dr Nicholas Marsh, Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins, Prof Jocelyn Mawdsley |

As a response to the war in Ukraine, European countries have decided to increase their military spending. But member states and EU institutions are not on the same page about what to do with it. Increased defence spending, in itself, does not automatically translate into higher common EU industrial capacity or defence capabilities. On the contrary: uncoordinated military spending brings different risks, and more effort should be put on policy and strategic alignment.

Polish Security and Defence under the new Tusk Government: A 'go to' Player once more?

Laura Chappell, Michael Martin Richter |

Introduction On 13 December 2023 the new Polish coalition government, formally known as the ‘Coalition of October 15’, composed of Civic Coalition, The Third Way and New Left, was sworn in. Led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and with Radosław Sikorski as the Foreign Minister, the current government has some distinct similarities with the last […]

European Union Security in an Age of Uncertainty

eu!radio |

Security has always been one of the most complex and critical issues for the EU. After decades of remarkable success in promoting peace, stability and prosperity on a continent historically marked by conflict and division, the EU’s security landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years in the face of evolving security threats and changing global dynamics.

Understanding Investment Screening Mechanisms in the European Union

Elif Cemre Besgür |

The experience of the Covid pandemic, coupled with concerns about critical Chinese takeovers and technological transfers, has brought security threats to the forefront. Consequently, screening incoming foreign direct investment (FDI) for national security reasons has become a common practice.

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