Elcano Royal Institute - 2016.
Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia. Elcano Royal Institute - 2016.
As Europeans struggle to get through an economic and political crisis that is shaking the foundations of European integration, security-related concerns have returned to the center stage of political debate.
The EU leaders meeting in Bratislava on 16 September face a challenging, not to say hostile, environment. Responding to people’s fundamental concerns will simultaneously help member states and enhance the value of the EU for its citizens.
The upcoming election of a new Secretary-General can be a potential turning point for the UN in its efforts to achieve a more transparent, inclusive and gender-balanced administration of its affairs.
The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has incurred the wrath of Morocco by referring to the ‘occupation’ of the Western Sahara and recalling the uncertainty that has surrounded the status of this territory for over 40 years.
In light of Erdoğan’s push for a move towards a presidential regime, it is clear that there has never been enough support for a regime change. This situation might well change once the opposition has been purged.
There are lessons for Europe to learn from the experience of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Erdoğan should use the coup to be magnanimous and not further divide Turkey, but past events have shown that this is not his style.
The era of empires is long forgotten. For continental Europeans, especially those in the South, the EU remains a pillar of democratic stability.
If a new pattern of China-Latin America economic interaction materialises, it would foster sustainable and long-term economic development in the region. This scenario has a double-edged impact on EU’s interests.
2016 can still be remembered as the moment of the successful call for the unilateral reestablishment of national border controls, leading to a progressive decline of freedom of movement in the EU. Another shock to Schengen’s foundations must not be allowed to happen again.
What are the prospective implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Pakistani development and regional stability?
The UK’s vote to withdraw from the EU has many and complex causes but it cannot be understood without making reference to the turbulence generated by the Syrian conflict.
The UK vote to leave the EU has caught the world off guard. Internationally there will be a delay in the EU’s ratification of the Paris Agreement. Uncertainty is the key word at present but both the climate challenge and existing climate commitments remain unchanged.
The results of Spain’s election show that the ‘old’ still has a lot of life in it and the ‘new’ has not really yet been fully born. Spaniards are hoping this will not necessitate third elections.
Spain is going to become the fourth most important country of the EU and it must assume the responsibility of co-leading the collective process of reflection after the Brexit referendum.