01. December 2014

An asymmetric challenge – what role for Europe in the Middle East?

by Zuzana Novakova

Zuzana Novakova NEWReflections on the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum

With the “traditional” challenges of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry being further exacerbated by the Arab spring and the expansion of ISIS, the disarray in the Middle East can no longer be ignored. What role could and should Europe aspire to play? There is no doubt that any lasting solution needs to be a regional one. Europe is not one of the decisive actors in the region, yet any solution will have a (in)direct impact on our security, forcing the EU to define its role within this uneasy context. What are some of the main dilemmas ahead?

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14. November 2014

The Foreign Policy Aspirations amidst the Recent Political Crisis in Georgia

by Ia Melkadze

ia-melkadzeThe Political Crisis

The month of November traditionally has something “hot” in store for Georgia’s political climate; this year seems to be no exception. Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, Foreign Affairs Minister Maia Panjikidze, and State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alex Petriashvili resigned from the government earlier this week.

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07. November 2014

It’s our right to vote

by Doru Toma

Bucharest, November 5, 2014

In communist times, Romanians were always queuing, even if they had no idea what they were queuing for; it’s in our nature to wait in line. During the first round of the Presidential Elections, tens of thousands of Romanians queued on Sunday (November 2nd, 2014) in front of their embassies and consulates across Europe for a basic right: the right to vote. London, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Madrid, Munich, Turin and Vienna (and the list goes on) witnessed hundreds of meters and thousands of people forming a waiting line. Most of them were turned away and were denied the right to vote after hours of waiting, up to 6 hours in London and up to 10 hours in Munich.

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04. November 2014

A flying drone and the truth about reconciliation

by Jovana Mihajlovic

jovana-mihajlovic-modifiedTwo weeks ago I decided to make an exception in my daily routine of enjoying coffee with my friends after a long day at work. Instead, I accompanied my husband to a neighbouring pub to watch the football game between Serbia and Albania. Having heard pompous announcements of the game, I somehow knew that it wasn’t going to be an ordinary football match;  incidents were almost bound to occur. I tried to reassure myself by remembering that I have always had an excellent, friendly experience with my Albanian colleagues whenever we met in seminars and conferences across Europe, giving me the impression that our two nations have finally overcome regressive nationalistic ideas from passed times. But that evening, I realized that neither I, nor the small number of my Albanian colleagues whom I had met represented a large number of our fellow citizens.

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30. October 2014

Learning from the past – or how to make sure there will be no shortage of female candidates when the 2019 Commission is formed

by Matilda Flemming and Sandra Grindgärds

matilda-flemming2sandra-grindgardsMost of the upheaval surrounding the appointment of the European Commission has passed by now – including the discussion regarding the need for some kind of gender balance in the commission. 10 of the 28 commissioners-designate are women, thus the call of the departing female commissioners has been heard.  Our colleague Doris Manu has also reflected on this issue in a previous blog post.

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