European Union / Europe

Posts on the European Union and Europe.

Is the multipolar world an opportunity for Russia?

Over the past few months, The Elcano Royal Institute has been following Russia’s foreign policy, which is focused on gaining influence in the global agenda. Thus, the Institute has published posts on commercial blocks, Russia’s relations with Latin America, the country’s wish to be a superpower once again and [...]

Moldova at the gates of the EU

The Republic of Moldova is seriously engaged in attempting to gain membership of the European Union. The first step in its ambitious objective was the negotiating process initiated in 2010 as a prelude to a future association agreement. The latter is intended to be an innovative and ambitious document [...]

The cost of non-Europe in development policy

In early 2013, the European Parliament commissioned several studies on aid coordination; the starting point being that a ‘Non-Europe’ implies a cost –or different types of costs– for the Union as a whole. The Elcano Royal Institute has contributed to these studies with an analysis on the benefits and [...]

Cyprus: small sized but strategically located

On 17 September, Ioannis Kasoulides, the Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Vice-president of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, visited the Elcano Royal Institute for a working lunch. Mr Kasoulides highlighted the close relations between Spain and Cyprus, with both countries sharing positions on [...]

Almighty Merkel: Ready to enter the minefield?

Angela Merkel has emerged as the undisputable winner of the German elections. With these results (almost 42% of the votes) in her third elections Merkel is on a path to join both Kohl and Adenauer as one of the greatest chancellors in German post-war history. The majority of Germans [...]

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 [...]

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