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The EU and Africa [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) will hold their fifth summit on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with the aim of strengthening political and economic relations between the two continents. Continue reading

Growing impact of EU migration policy on development cooperation

The sudden substantial increase in the number of migrants in recent years has had a profound effect on the external relations dimension of European Union migration and asylum policy. Continue reading

European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission took the opportunity provided by the September 2016 proposal for mid-term review/revision of the 2014-2020 MFF to propose the creation of a new innovative financial instrument – the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD). Continue reading

New priorities for EU–Africa cooperation [Plenary Podcast]

As the EU and Africa prepare to redefine their priorities for cooperation under the framework of the Africa-EU Joint Strategy adopted ten years ago, the European Parliament will debate, during the first November plenary session, a resolution outlining its position on the issue, ahead of the EU-Africa summit scheduled for the end of November. Continue reading

The added value of international trade and impact of trade barriers

It is recognised that GDP growth and trade are interlinked – consequently, measures which facilitate international trade also have positive effects on the development of GDP. Continue reading

Benefits of EU international trade agreements

Trade is the EU’s most important link to the world beyond its borders. In force since the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the transition to a common EU trade policy was completed in 1968. Continue reading

The political crisis in Venezuela

In December 2015, the results of elections to the Venezuelan National Assembly saw the Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition (MUD) prevail by a wide majority over the ruling Socialist Unified Party of Venezuela (PSUV) of President Nicolás Maduro. Continue reading

EU-Australia free trade agreement – Moving towards the launch of talks [International Agreements in Progress]

The prospective EU-Australia free trade agreement (FTA) will complement the economic dimension of the current longstanding and evolving relationship with a new element. Continue reading

EU-New Zealand free trade agreement – All set for the launch of negotiations [International Agreements in Progress]

New Zealand already enjoys a number of bilateral trade cooperation agreements with the EU. Continue reading

US decertification of the Iran nuclear deal

On 13 October, US President Donald Trump announced his decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the international nuclear agreement of 2015. Continue reading

EU enlargement, Western Balkans and Turkey [What Think Tanks are thinking]

In his State of the Union speech in September 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for keeping a credible European Union membership perspective for Western Balkan countries, while ruling out the possibility of Turkey joining the EU in “the foreseeable future” due to violations to the rule of law and fundamental rights. Continue reading

The reintegration of returning migrants [Policy Podcast]

Returning more and more migrants with irregular status to their countries of origin has become a key European Union aim in efforts to reduce illegal migration. Continue reading

Smart borders: EU Entry/Exit System [Plenary Podcast]

The Commission has envisaged integrated border management for several years, in response to increased traveller flows and the new security context. Continue reading

FTA talks to start with Australia and New Zealand [Plenary Podcast]

On 13 September 2017, the Commission presented recommendations to the Council to authorise the launch of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading

The EU, Middle East and North Africa [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) pose a growing challenge for the European Union. Many countries of the region face war, political turmoil and popular anger, due to the impact of poverty in generating instability, migration and in some cases terrorism. Continue reading

European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

Strengthening the EU’s external borders is key to ensure internal security and to preserve freedom of movement in the Schengen area. Continue reading

Understanding nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles

Nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles need to be understood if the risks and challenges they entail are to be grasped. This understanding starts with two processes discovered in the last century – nuclear fission and nuclear fusion – that have the ability to release a significant quantity of energy from a very limited amount of matter. Continue reading

South Korea: Economic indicators and trade with EU

South Korea is one of the top countries in terms of doing business and holds a good score within the Human Development Index. Meanwhile its economy has slowed in recent years and female labour market participation remains lower than most OECD countries, with little progress. Trade with the EU has benefitted from 2011 bilateral Free Trade Agreement, namely making a boost in EU’s exports to South Korea. Continue reading

North Korea [What Think Tanks are thinking]

North Korea has stepped up its nuclear plans with the underground detonation of a hydrogen bomb and tests of its first suspected Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), moves perceived as a major threat to global security. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies against that country. Continue reading

EU response to the Caribbean hurricanes

The scenes of devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean are a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature. As residents struggle to rebuild their lives following the passage of the latest storms, attention turns to the relief efforts. The EU can help through emergency humanitarian assistance and a variety of funding mechanisms, depending on the status of the territories concerned and their relationship with the EU. Continue reading

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