The fog that never fades – welcoming the EU friend who never came

Posted on 20. March 2017 by Adnan Rahimić

1-adnan-rahimicIt was a sunny and beautiful day in Sarajevo on 2 March 2017.  The city was full of blue and yellow flags, signs of celebration from the day before – Independence Day. Flags were left hanging from buildings a day longer, probably on purpose – to gently sway and greet very important guest our country was about to receive: Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. Her visit to Sarajevo was part of her Western Balkan's tour of countries that are EU member state candidates/candidates-to-be. The plan was to meet with the members of the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), to talk about the country’s current issues and problematic path toward EU candidacy and also, to give a lecture on the same subject to the academic community of the University of Sarajevo.

Conceptualising Foreign Policy

Posted on 10. December 2014 by Ia Melkadze Reflections on the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum The fourth Berlin Foreign Policy Forum convened 200 participants, among them high-profile politicians, diplomats, journalists, experts and young activists. The Forum’s livestreaming reached out to a wider public. The online followers of the Forum participated in this high-profile foreign policy event … Continue reading Conceptualising Foreign Policy

Tough mandate ahead for Ms Mogherini in the echoes of the “Arab spring”

Posted on 08. December 2014 by Zuzana Novakova Reflections on the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum Ms Mogherini inherits a tough mandate and troubled relations with the EU’s Southern neighbours as she takes on the role of High Representative for Foreign Affairs, three years after the beginning of the “Arab Spring”. As the events unfolded it … Continue reading Tough mandate ahead for Ms Mogherini in the echoes of the “Arab spring”

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

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

Posted on 30. October 2014 by Matilda Flemming and Sandra Grindgärds Most 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 … Continue reading Learning from the past – or how to make sure there will be no shortage of female candidates when the 2019 Commission is formed