European Union / Europe

Posts on the European Union and Europe.

The European Global Strategy and EU enlargement

After several months of intense work, the European Global Strategy (project led by four European think tanks: Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Polish Institute of International Affairs y Real Instituto Elcano) was finally released on 28 May. It’s no secret that EU enlargement is one of the key issues for Europe’s the short- [...]

European Global Strategy Project: opinions and ideas on the EU’s future as a global actor

Some weeks ago, the Elcano Royal Institute held a Seminar on the European Global Strategy Project. For the occasion, the Institute brought together several experts on European foreign affairs, including Javier Solana, the EU’s former High Representative for CFSP and author of the European Security Strategy, who actively supports this new [...]

New President of Cyprus: An Opportunity to Reunify the Country after almost 40 years

Nicos Anastasiades, the new president of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974 following a Greek-inspired coup, was the only prominent politician who voted in favour of Kofi Annan’s Plan in the 2004 referendum to reunify the country when he was head of the conservative [...]

Who wields power in Brussels?

Guest author: Jose María de Areilza (ESADE Law School & ASPEN Institute Spain). The Spanish government has begun to recover credibility in  European institutions, lost during the Zapatero era. Some voices deny it and seek evidence to the contrary. They mention appointments in the Executive Council of the European [...]

Opportunities for Spanish Diplomacy in Times of Crisis

Economic criteria were the driving forces underlying the decision. However, there should also be a more strategic consideration, linked to a view of the future of Spanish diplomacy (and foreign policy in general) in a context of adapting to the new European legal framework and the new capacities assumed [...]

Independence and the European Union

“Vive le Québec libre!” Who can forget de Gaulle’s mischievous and irresponsible speech in July 1967 during his visit to that hapless Province, which has become since then the eternal rallying cry for Western tribalism. And now, once again, joining the ever lengthening queue is Catalonia –the subtext of [...]

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