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Philippe Perchoc

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Media freedom trends 2018: Turkey

Over the last two years, media freedom in Turkey has deteriorated rapidly. Although the EU expressed support for the government in the face of the failed military coup in July 2016, it is now concerned about respect for fundamental values in Turkey. Continue reading

Eastern Partnership: 2017 Brussels summit – Taking stock and new objectives

On 24 November 2017, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine meet with the European Union (EU) in Brussels for the fifth Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit. Continue reading

De la paix en Europe à la paix dans le monde [What is Europe doing for its citizens?]

Written by Philippe Perchoc, La déclaration Schuman du 9 mai 1950 fait un constat simple : « L’Europe n’a pas été faite, nous avons eu la guerre ». En effet, les tentatives d’union des Européens entamées dans les années 1920 n’avaient pas réussi à empêcher la crise économique de 1929 et la montée des nationalismes conduisant à un … Continue reading

Simone Veil, European political pioneer

Written by Philippe Perchoc, Simone Veil, the first President of the directly elected European Parliament in 1979, and the first woman to hold the office, died on 30 June 2017, at the age of 89. A prominent French public figure beyond her years in office, she leaves an important and enduring legacy. First President of … Continue reading

Helmut Kohl, citizen of Europe

Written by Philippe Perchoc, Helmut Kohl died on 16 June 2017 at the age of 87. The father of German reunification and a strong supporter of European integration, he leaves a long-lasting legacy. A European ceremony of honour is planned for the former Chancellor and Honorary Citizen of Europe, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, … Continue reading

Turkey: Economic indicators and trade with EU

Written by Philippe Perchoc and Giulio Sabbati (both EPRS), In cooperation with Caterina Francesca Guidi (from GlobalStat | EUI), The EU is Turkey’s number one trading partner, and Turkey the EU’s fifth trading partner – and the only one with which the EU has concluded a custom union. Turkish growth remains strong (4% in 2015 … Continue reading

EU support for media freedom – looking East: Turkey, Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, Russia

Written by Naja Bentzen, Velina Lilyanova, Philippe Perchoc, Martin Russell, with Clare Ferguson Each year, on 3 May, UNESCO reminds the world of the importance of press freedom to creating peaceful societies which value justice and human rights. This year’s World Press Freedom Day takes the theme of ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times’, underlining the growing … Continue reading

La Politique européenne de voisinage

Écrit par Philippe Perchoc Depuis 2004, la Politique européenne de voisinage instaure un cadre général pour les relations de l’UE avec ses 16 États voisins les plus proches géographiquement. Ce cadre offre une coopération renforcée et un accès au marché européen par le biais de plans d’actions bilatéraux devant, à terme, aboutir à des accords … Continue reading

Places in Brussels of symbolic significance for Europe

Although Brussels is often referred to as the de facto ‘capital of Europe’, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has argued that the city suffers from an ‘iconographic deficit’, because the way the space is organised, together with the architecture of EU buildings is insufficiently distinctive to be particularly memorable. Continue reading

The European Neighbourhood Policy

Written by Philippe Perchoc, Since 2004, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has provided a framework for relations between the EU and its 16 geographically closest eastern and southern neighbours, affording enhanced cooperation and access to the EU market under bilateral action plans, which are intended to lead eventually to association agreements. Birth, objectives and scope … Continue reading

Turkey since the failed July 2016 coup

The leading Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi or AKP), in power since late 2002, faced its first difficulties in the June 2015 general election, in the wake of a struggle to impose control on a highly politicised civil service. After the failed military coup of July 2016, in which the opposition parties mobilised with the AKP to preserve democracy, the government launched a major purge on civil servants affiliated with the Gülen movement, which it blames for the coup. Continue reading

The 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw

Written by Philippe Perchoc, Graphics by: Christian Dietrich, On 8 and 9 July 2016, the Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) convenes in Warsaw. The NATO Heads of State or Government will discuss policies and future direction for the Alliance. On the menu: the balance of NATO policies and operations on the eastern … Continue reading

Chernobyl 30 years on: The EU’s response

Written by Philippe Perchoc, In the early hours of 26 April 1986, a test on the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant resulted in a massive energy surge, which led to the biggest nuclear accident in history. Some 600 000 men participated in the containment operations, putting their lives at risk, and around 350 000 … Continue reading

La conférence “les effets du changement climatique sur les migrations et les conflits en Méditerranée”

Écrit par Philippe Perchoc, La conférence “les effets du changement climatique sur les migrations et les conflits en Méditerranée” a été l’occasion de pointer du doigt quelques-uns des défis complexes et interdépendants qui attendent la grande région Méditerranée. Mariya Gabriel, députée européenne, a ouvert l’événement en soulignant à quel point il était nécessaire de penser … Continue reading

The geopolitics of maps

Written by Philippe Perchoc Yves Lacoste, the father of modern French geopolitics, is famous for saying that ‘geography is above all else useful in waging wars‘. Is this also the case with cartography? The EPRS has used maps as a means of explaining its research since its launch in 2013. However, map-designers face some tricky … Continue reading

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