Rethinking foreign policymaking

Posted on 15. January 2016 by Linda Ohman

linda-ohmanWorld politics is becoming increasingly tangible to Europeans. Recent events such as the war in Ukraine, deteriorating relations with Russia, as well as the migration wave to Europe bring foreign affairs – and especially conflicts – closer to home. These events not only take place in Europe and its immediate vicinity, but are also increasingly intertwined, succeeding one another at an ever higher pace. Their complexity and the uncertainty brought with it makes foreign affairs more challenging to grasp, but also increases the need for a basic understanding of foreign policy and foreign policymaking.

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Is there any future for the Eastern Partnership?

18. December 2015 by Michal Gulczynski

Michal GulczynskiThe Eastern Partnership (EaP) is in trouble. Out of the six member countries, five have contested borders, while the sixth is run by dictator. The EaP is no longer on the short list of priorities of the European Union and in this time of multiple crises – Greece, refugees, terrorist attacks, the coming referendum on Brexit or consistently growing nationalism, confirmed in the recent elections in Poland and France – it has almost completely disappeared from European media. Moreover, the initiators and most ardent supporters, Carl Bildt and Radek Sikorski, are now absent from European politics. In this situation, is there any future for EaP?

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No More Missed Opportunities

Posted on 05. December 2014 by Veronika Sobolova Reflections on the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum During the first official visit of Ms. Mogherini to Germany, Foreign Minister Steinmeier gave her a very clear sign of support at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum when he stated: “Dear Frederica, we will be team players”. She will need … Continue reading No More Missed Opportunities

Europe@debate in Helsinki – The limits of Europe: The future of the EU’s relations with its Eastern neighbours

12. December 2014 The position paper on “The limits of Europe: The future of the EU’s relations with its Eastern neighbours“ written by FutureLab Europe openned the the Europe@debate on 9 December at Eurooppasali in Helsinki. Carl Haglund, Finnish Minister of Defence, responded in his keynote speech to some of the issues raised, followed by a panel … Continue reading Europe@debate in Helsinki – The limits of Europe: The future of the EU’s relations with its Eastern neighbours

On the situation in Ukraine with FutureLab Europe

11. December 2013 FutureLab participants Ulyana Vynyarchuck and Heidi Beha spoke about what is going on in the streets of Ukraine, the role of the European Union, differences between the relations to Russia and the former relations to Soviet Union. The interview in "Min Morgon" of Svenska Yle took part on the ocasion of Europe@debate … Continue reading On the situation in Ukraine with FutureLab Europe