America’s planned missile defence system in Central Europe is supposed to protect against terrorists and “rogue states” – but, in reality, they’ve set up a confrontation between NATO and Russia.
By Ondřej Liška
On November 6-7, 2008 South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Bertelsmann Foundation initiated a strategic cooperation dedicated to "A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus".
After the five-day war between Russia and Georgia, actors, issues and the agenda involved need to be identified. A discussion paper for the conference “A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus” in Tbilisi on 6-7 November 2008, jointly organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation, Guetersloh and the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Southern Caucasus Office.
By Iris Kempe
This Policy Briefing Paper aims to provide a concise background on the Arctic region offering a succinct analysis of the situation and a set of recommendations for the European Union.
By Roderick Kefferpütz and Danila Bochkarev
With Barack Obama the USA will become both more american and more european. By entering into dialogue with its international partners, America will also expect them to shoulder more of the responsibility. This will not necessarily be comfortable for Europe.
By Ralf Fücks
Belarusian politics, society, economy, and foreign relations enter a new stage in post-Communist history. Yet the expected transition provides only dim prospects for democracy, more likely seems the return of another, kinder form of authoritarianism.
By Vitali Silitski
For the Belarusian opposition, the lesson of the parliamentary non-election should be straightforward: against the backdrop of irrelevant discussions, unnecessary divisions, and petty factionalism, its Western supporters will be forced to seek engagement with Minsk even if it will mean shifting from a bad policy to a worse one.
By Vitali Silitski
The EU should readjust its relations with Russia. In this it must bear in mind that Moscow no longer rules out military confrontations as a means of pursuing its interests. Accordingly the EU has to more clearly define its external policies. Should a country like Georgia, which has strategic importance for the West, be left to a Russian sphere of influence?
By Roderick Kefferpütz and Iris Kempe
Th EU needs to seriously address its democratic deficit and the disillusionment that many Europeans feel for the Union. Dealing with these issues will surely not be an easy task but it will, without a doubt, enrich European democracy and the very ideals that we stand for and wish to promote in the world.
By Claude Weinber and Roderick Kefferpütz
The global energy system is undergoing a structural crisis. At its heart lies the need to restrain climatic change while at the same time dealing with energy security in an era of rapidly growing demand.
By Michaele Schreyer, Ralf Fücks
Independent of the EU’s internal debates on reform and enlargement the extension of co-operation beyond the borders of the EU will remain pressing. An updated European Neighbourhood Policy could enable the EU to engage its neighbours flexibly, keeping options open for closer future integration.
By Dr. Iris Kempe
The uncertainty inherent in the motto for this conference, organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, was clearly shared by the participants on 25th April at the Berlin House of Representatives. At this conference on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), researchers and EU politicians discussed why there has been so little progress towards its objective of creating a “circle of friendly nations”.
Russia and the European Union are increasingly bound together – if not by common values, then by virtue of their interdependence. Beyond strong economic ties, both actors have a mutual interest in maintaining international stability and a secure neighbourhood.