Climate & Energy

The Marrakesh Climate Negotiations – a Mirror of a Divided World and Silent Europe

Dec 07, 2016 by Dr. Radostina Primova Damjan Bogunovic Oksana Aliyeva

Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided.

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A Tsunami in Winter: Europe Shakes up Its Energy Policy

 Dec 05, 2016 by Kathrin Glastra Rebecca Bertram

The European Commission’s winter package aims to reform the EU's energy system. Despite positive developments, EU Member States are still far from finding common ground

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North Sea Study Tour: Regional Renewables Cooperation in Practice

 Nov 02, 2016 by Kathrin Glastra Anna Leidreiter

Regional cooperation can play a key role in meeting the EU'S climate and energy targets for the year 2020. By organising a North Sea study tour with various regional stakeholders we put theory into practice.

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EU-MENA Renewable Energy Cooperation

 Nov 07, 2016 pdf

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are blessed with huge and diversified renewable energy potential. Given the ever-increasing role of renewables in the energy mix of the EU, renewable energy cooperation has been a major pillar of the EU-MENA partnership.

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European Union

Euro-Turks, Erdogan and the Confusion of European Progressives

Turkey and Europe: Taken on and around Taksim Square, Istanbul, in the first week of the protests Dec 13, 2016 by Joost Lagendijk

Pride and prejudice, polarisation and division, progression and tradition: what makes Erdogan so popular in and outside Turkey

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The Italian Constitutional Referendum: a Victory for Democracy and Civil Society

 Dec 06, 2016 by Armanda Cetrulo

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi decided to stake everything on the referendum: his personal credibility and his political legitimacy. His failure leads us to the question what kind of change Renzi was actually representing.

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Moving Beyond the MEPP: How a New European Neighbourhood Policy can Save the Two State Solution

 Nov 28, 2016 by Hugh Lovatt

The European Neighbourhood Policy's engagement for a two state solution proves to be outdated. Its revitalisation could form an integral part of international efforts to resolve the conflict.

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The EU and the South Caucasus 25 Years Since Independence

 Nov 25, 2016 by Amanda Paul

The South Caucasus is an extraordinarily complex region in many ways. The EU maintains relationships with the region for over two decades but a clear strategic vision is missing.

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The South Caucasus and the EU – Different Paths for Each Country

 Nov 18, 2016 by Vano Chkhikvadze

The three South Caucasus countries have taken different routes towards integration into the European Union. The different approaches obstruct a common action for further integration into the EU.

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What Neighbourhood Policy in a Context of Unlawful Occupation? Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

 Nov 16, 2016 by Ingrid Jaradat

The occupation of the Palestinian territory raises questions for the European Neighbourhood Policy. A number of practical steps are required for the way forward

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Sleepless in Europe ─ the Implications of Trump’s Presidential Victory

 Nov 14, 2016 by Roderick Kefferpütz

The victory of Donald Trump and the way his election campaign was conducted will have multiple effects on politics in the EU, sleepless nights are already one of them.

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Our Future with Donald Trump

 Nov 10, 2016 by Klaus Linsenmeier

Trump has won the battle against the political establishment for now. But what must Europe be prepared for next?

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The Bulgarian Presidential Election: A Kafkaesque Scenario

 Nov 10, 2016 by Alina Garkova

Bulgarians worldwide have been called to vote in the national presidential election. For hundreds of Bulgarians in Brussels this turned into a Kafkaesque experience.

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Democracy & Development

Monitoring of Chapter 7 of the EU-CELAC Action Plan on Gender 2015-2017

Sep 16, 2016 English Spanish

It is necessary to ensure the participation of women's organisations, women and the civil society in the EU-CELAC Action Plan on Gender 2015 - 2017. In this paper women's organisations share their main concerns and make proposals.

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