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Yesterday the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas delivered a ground breaking speech in Berlin on how Europe should hold up its values and policies in a world radicalised by nationalism, populism and chauvinism, expressed by the US president and its behaviours. We have to concede that the world of multilateralism, constructed since World War II… » read more

  Posted by FEPS Fresh Thinking

Yesterday, news of Georgia’s Prime minister’s resignation seems to have caught most of the country’s observers by surprise. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who was the head of the government for the last three years, resigned amid internal tensions both inside the country and inside his party. At the root of those tensions, there is a man, Bidzina… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Despite months-long negotiations between Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) politicians from two ethnic backgrounds regarding the new shape of an electoral law in the smaller entity of the country, there is no viable solution in sight ahead of the 2018 general elections. Croatian and Bosniak leaders need to agree on a new electoral law based on… » read more

  Posted by YPFP at EurActiv

For months, European leaders have had a certain way of approaching negotiations with the United States on big-picture matters like trade, the Iran nuclear deal, and the future of NATO. In discussions with the Trump administration, European heads of state such as French President Emmanuel Macron have opted for a two-pronged approach: flatter and cozy… » read more

  Posted by YPFP at EurActiv

« La disparition [des frontières] engendre fréquemment un étrange état intermédiaire, une atmosphère d’attente. Quelque chose de neuf semble se constituer, sans qu’on sache encore l’identifier»[i]. Les bouleversements géopolitiques consécutifs à l’effondrement successif du bloc de l’Est et de l’Union soviétique ont largement transformé les frontières de l’Europe. Par les valeurs qu’elle souhaite transmettre et… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Today, the Aquarius, boat of the French NGO “SOS Mediterranean”, cannot find refuge for the 629 migrants it has saved in the Mediterranean Sea during six separate operations. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat exchanged about the fate of this boat, on which stay 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 small children,… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Before Donald Trump’s ascension to power, Washington, Berlin, and Paris were essentially on the same policy page toward pacifying the conflict in Donbas. The broad aim was to contain the violence and facilitate direct talks between Moscow and Kyiv. The Trump administration’s track toward Russia and Donbas has been disjointed, but lately, it appears to… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Le président du Conseil Tusk a bien résumé la situation dans une déclaration marquante : « avec un allié tel que Trump : l’Europe a-t-elle encore besoin d’ennemis ?(…).Un nouveau phénomène : l’attitude capricieuse de l’administration américaine (…) l’Europe devrait être reconnaissante envers le président Trump, grâce à lui, toutes nos illusions ont disparu ».En… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Guest blog post by Garlich von Essen, Secretary General, European Seed Association (ESA) and Petra Jorasch, Manager Plant Breeding & Innovation Advocacy, European Seed Association (ESA) The Advocate General takes a differentiated view when assessing the regulatory status of plants resulting from new breeding methods. The latest plant breeding methods like genome editing can help… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by 15 European Citizens’ Initiative organisers and 50 civil society organisations. On 20 June, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament will cast a vote of crucial importance for the future of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).* With this open letter, civil society organisations and former ECI organisers call upon… » read more

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