Europe / European Union

Merkel pays a high price for her fourth term

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Expert Comment 43/2017 (English version) - 9/10/2017.

The German exception has come to an end. Like its neighbours, the German people, and their elites, will have to deal with the problem of an exclusionary, anti-globalisation, anti-EU and anti-immigration nationalism.


Turkey and the EU must stand together for a better future

Ömer Çelik. 27/9/2017.

As a candidate and negotiating country, Turkey is closely following the recent developments and debates about the EU’s current situation and future, since they are intimately related to its own future.


Transforming the United Nations: countering the US budget-cut threats

Jessica Almqvist. ARI 71/2017 - 18/9/2017.

The US threat of budget cuts or other means of reducing the importance of the United Nations highlights the need for a more independent and balanced organisation through the reinvigorated role of other powers, such as the EU.


The shrinking Euro-Mediterranean policy space

Gonzalo Escribano. ARI 69/2017 (English version) - 14/9/2017.

The transformations that have taken place in the EU’s Mediterranean Neighbourhood have reduced the options for a shrinking Euro-Mediterranean policy.


Kant vs Hobbes: elements of Germany’s emerging grand strategy

Ulrich Speck. ARI 67/2017 - 11/9/2017.

Putting its weight behind the status quo is at the core of Germany’s emerging grand strategy. This involves keeping the EU up, the US in, and Russia and China out.


The 8% leap in the Philippines: rebalancing partnerships and leading Asian growth

Ricardo G. Barcelona and Bernardo M. Villegas. ARI 65/2017 - 5/9/2017.

European infrastructure firms are conspicuous for their limited presence in the Philippines. A lukewarm diplomatic context hinders their access to opportunities that play to their strengths. How could they reframe their strategic approach?


The joint sovereignty proposal for Gibraltar: benefits for all

Martín Ortega Carcelén. ARI 50/2017 (English version) - 13/6/2017.

In the wake of the Brexit referendum, Spain submitted a negotiation proposal to the UK on Gibraltar that put joint sovereignty, dual nationality for the Gibraltarians and respect for their autonomy on the table.


The Trump effect on EU-China relations

Mario Esteban. ARI 49/2017 (English version) - 7/6/2017.

Trump's term in office throws up opportunities for the strengthening of relations between the EU and China, especially if Europe decides to intensify its Common Security and Defence Policy and Beijing decides to take its process of economic reforms further.


Reflections on the Commission’s euro reflection paper: let’s get the sequencing right

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Expert Comment 30/2017 - 6/6/2017.

It is important to think harder on how to improve and strengthen the political union. Only in this way will there be a greater momentum and willingness to introduce the technical solutions that most economists agree upon.


Crossing the red line: how Russian interference in Western democracy is backfiring

Ulrich Speck. Expert Comment 24/2017 - 29/5/2017 .

Those in the West who argue in favour of detente, of an easing of sanctions and a rapprochement with the Kremlin, find it much more difficult to defend this course of action because of the rising anger over Russian political warfare tactics.