Europe / European Union

A guide to understanding Italy: the 2018 elections and beyond

Ilke Toygür. ARI 39/2018 - 16/3/2018.

The Italian elections of March 2018 –which have become a case study for populism– have caused much anxiety in Europe; as a founder member of the EU, Italy deserves a deeper analysis to understand its electoral dynamics.

Trump, Europe and one year into the US Presidency

Salvador Llaudes. Expert Comment 14/2018 (English version) - 19/2/2018.

If any benefit has come from Trump being in the White House it has been a new sense of urgency among Europeans, a realisation that Europe cannot continue with business as usual.

The EU’s external projection: some interpretations based on the Elcano Global Presence Index

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia. ARI 21/2018 - 16/2/2018.

If the EU were a single country, its global presence would be almost as large as that of the US.

NATO and the south: opportunities for coherence and integration

Jordan Becker. ARI 18/2018 - 13/2/2018.

The evolving security environment to Europe’s South poses important challenges to NATO, demanding coherence between projecting stability and collective defence.

Document of interest: European Commission - Communication: A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans

. MI - 7/2/2018.

With the adoption of a new strategy for the Western Balkans, the Commission re-engages with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia, wanting to bring them closer to the EU at a time when Russia, Turkey and China increase their presence in the region. The European executive offers the prospect of joining before 2025.

Con la adopción de una nueva estrategia para los Balcanes Occidentales, la Comisión vuelve a comprometerse con Albania, Bosnia y Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia y Serbia a los que quiere acercar a la UE en un momento en el que Rusia, Turquía y China incrementan su presencia en la región. El ejecutivo europeo no fija fechas para la adhesión pero ofrece la perspectiva de que se unan antes de 2025.

Portugal and Ibero-America: reflections on the past, present and future

Bernardo Ribeiro da Cunha. Expert Comment 11/2018 (English version) - 6/2/2018.

The event organised by the Real Institute Elcano and IPRI has generated a rich exchange of ideas, achieving the objective of deepening the perspective of both countries on the past, present and future of the bilateral relationship.

Brexit: yielding step by step to ‘sufficient progress’... for now

Salvador Llaudes. Expert Comment 10/2018 (English version) - 5/2/2018.

The recent European Council of 15 December 2017 finally agreed to proceed to the second phase of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. What we have witnessed to date is that the British have had to accept, slowly but inevitably, all of the stipulations of their EU counterparts.

Europe-Japan cooperation for a rules-based international liberal order

Mario Esteban & Luis Simon. ARI 10/2018 - 25/1/2018.

Despite its shortcomings, the international liberal order is worth saving. Therefore, international actors committed to that system, such as the EU and Japan, should cooperate in its revitalisation.

How are the Russians celebrating the centennial of the Revolution?

Mira Milosevich-Juaristi. ARI 104/2017 (English version) - 18/12/2017.

The attitude of the Russians towards the historical legacy of the Revolution is ambiguous and confused, leading to a sense of apathy with respect to the current regime.

Strategic autonomy and European defence

Félix Arteaga. ARI 102/2017 (English version) - 12/12/2017.

The most oft-repeated objective of the re-launching of European defence is to achieve strategic autonomy for the EU. Despite its frequent invocation, the concept of strategic autonomy has different meanings and purposes.