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EU 2.0? Towards sustainable integration

Kalypso Nicolaïdis


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The eurozone crisis has not only shattered Europe's economy, but stalled aspirations to build a common foreign policy in any way corresponding to its trade weight on the world stage. But the multiplication of conflicts at the EU's borders (notably in the Sahel and the possible regionalization of the Syrian war) and the emergence of heavy-weight players such as China and India make the need for a unified European voice more pressing with each passing day.

Will Europe ever manage to square the circle of contradictory national interests and European pursuits? Here we put together some of the elements of an answer...


From the Baltic to the Black Sea: things get out of control

Watching the exit polls on the Crimea referendum in Moscow, Iannis Carras contemplates the implications for a Europe that has shown little morality or competence in this affair, of a Russian nationalism turned irredentist.

The European Parliament must not condone human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates

On Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on whether to add the United Arab Emirates to the short list of countries eligible for visa waivers in Europe, despite the country's shocking human rights record.

Turkey, the EU and Syria: reprioritising refugees’ rights and needs

Turkey, historically a laggard on taking in refugees, is showing the EU in a poor light on accepting Syrian asylum-seekers.

Françafrique and Africa’s security

Crises in Francophone Africa, as in Mali and the Central African Republic, cannot be solved by military action by the former colonial power. Root causes must be tackled, engaging civil-society actors, with the African Union playing a leading role in partnership with the European Union.

Undocumented migrants: time to change the European discourse

Most undocumented migrants in Europe are not products of irregular entry and humanitarian crises such as that at Lampedusa are not unavoidable tragedies. As the EU starts work on a new programme on migration it must shift approach from control and surveillance.

Syria's refugees: international effort needed

An Amnesty International report has highlighted the huge gap between the Syrian refugee crisis and the global response. Fortress Europe needs to discover an ethos of hospitality

Ukrainians are in the EU, even if Ukraine isn’t

If Brussels doesn’t learn its lesson from a tactical defeat by Russia and prepare a plan for secure economic integration with Ukraine, tens of millions of Europeans will remain outside of the EU’s borders.

The case for the EU's External Action Service

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton steps down from leading the European External Action Service in late 2014. But despite her best efforts, the basic case for the EEAS remains unclear to many.

From regionalism to free trade: Europe’s dangerously mixed messages to Latin America

A recent paradigm shift in the EU's foreign policy threatens to undo years of successful European stability-building efforts on the Latin American continent. Europe needs to confront its own mistakes before it is too late.

The EU becomes assertive in the Middle East peace process

The adoption of this EU directive might be the first step towards a much needed ‘paradigm shift’ that will no longer enable Israel to dismiss the EU’s voice as ‘unpleasant background noise’, the phrase used by foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor in 2012.

Europe's bold ride to stabilise Mali

On May 15 the EU will organise a donors’ conference on Mali. It should address the underlying causes of terrorism and instability, making investment in youth a priority 

Syria is our business too: why Europe must take the lead on efforts to end the civil war

Simply waiting until the fight is over looks like a realpolitik option, but it is a recipe to push Syria only further into disaster. The stalemate can last for years. Europe must act now – to prevent a humanitarian tragedy and to protect its vital interests.

How to build a foreign policy for introvert Europe?

The euro crisis has resulted in an even more introvert Europe, and everything has yet to be done to build a European foreign policy. So where should we start?

Europe's Middle East policies: a southern European twist

More coordination and strategy are needed in Europe's response to the sinister signs of stolen revolution. The political-strategic impulse has come from the south in the past. In the current economic crisis this should be more the case, not less.

Europe needs principles for intervention

Why is Denmark involved in Mali? European leaders should clarify when, why and how to participate in military interventions and warfare abroad. Emerging security challenges in nearby neighbourhood regions, together with a waning Pax Americana, are obliging Europe to reconsider its future global role.

Conflict at the EU's southern borders: the Sahel crisis

Gradually, EU systems of governance have extended into the southern Mediterranean, linking dynamics in the Sahel with European interests through its borderlands. This could be a test of the EU's foreign policy ambitions. But is the Union ready and capable to act, and if so, what is at stake?

Ah la Françafrique!

The present crisis raises a number of crucial questions, for France, Mali, the EU and our globalised world.

European foreign policy: resilience versus time

With most European efforts focusing on salvaging the economy and an inaudible External Action Service, is there a future for European foreign policy?

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