A call for pragmatism of the Polish foreign policy

By Valentin Stoian | 17 February 2011

The Polish foreign policy has recently had a good press in the mainstream media. A departure from the times of romantic passions, often marked by russophobia, disorganization and pettiness, which have been  associated with the government of the Kaczynski brothers (formed by their party Law and Justice, ‘Prawo i Sprawiedliwość’) is repeatedly mentioned. What has happened? What will be the consequences of such a change? This article aims to assess these changes it the context of the European politics.

Why Nordic countries are a cornerstone of British foreign policy

By Valentin Kreilinger | 15 February 2011

Currently, David Cameron is the new face on the diplomatic stage in Europe – at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at the European Council Summits in Brussels, at the Security Conference in Munich. If the coalition government plays an active role on the European stage, who are its partners? The analysis of a summit that took place in London in late January, called “UK-Nordic-Baltic”, reveals that British foreign policy has developed a new strategic priority: Northern Europe.

A new British attitude towards Europe?

By Lise Herman | 8 February 2011

In the wake of last week's article, this one follows a conference which took place at Westminster on February 1rst and gathered Members of Parliament from the three main British parties – the Conservative Party, the Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The debate helped us answer these questions: how can we characterize the British new stance towards the EU? And how does the growing division between euro-pragmatists and euro-sceptics affect the UK’s position in the EU?

The EU bill: the victory of euroscepticism in British politics?

By Marion Soury | 1 February 2011

The election of the new coalition government in the UK in spring 2010 has brought a more defensive attitude towards the European Union. A good example of this political change after ten years of “positive pragmatism” under the New Labour government is the European Union Bill. After two readings at the House of Commons, the bill began the Committee stage in January – a word-by-word analysis of the bill’s measures. But for some Conservative MPs, it seems that the bill does not go far enough.

23rd of August: Reconciling memories from east to west

By Valentin Stoian | 19 January 2011

Take a random class in a European highschool and start a discussion on the history and national memories of the twentieth century. It turns out that Westerners often ignore the realities of Eastern European history and impose their memory of World War Two. How is this possible? How can we remedy this at the European level?

Russia – France relations: The fools of the Georgia war

By Tita Aver | 18 January 2011

Many remember the European Union presidency of French leader Sarkozy and its strong management of the Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008. During one summer, the EU seemed at last to act like a global player. Yet some analysts suggest that the influence of France and the EU on the solution of the crisis was clearly overrated.

Why do Belarusians go to Western countries to study?

By Tatsiana Hurynovich | 6 January 2011

According to statistics, Belarusians tend to leave their country to study in Western countries. They also seem to prefer European universities. Belarusian authorities are doing everything to encourage students to study "at home". But how is this care expressed?

Serbia’s Bid For EU Membership: A Progress Report

By Mathilde Bonneau | 4 January 2011

Serbia is getting closer and closer to an official candidacy for EU membership. It is now waiting for the Commission to give the green light in 2011. In the meantime, one may read the Progress Report which reviews the situation. True, Serbia has made strong steps so far, but at least two strides are needed: the arrest of war criminals Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić, and above all, a more constructive attitude towards Kosovo.

A Second St Malo for European defence?

By Valentin Kreilinger | 21 December 2010

In 1998, the Franco-British compromise marked the revival of a European defence policy. The United Kingdom agreed to stop vetoing every EU proposition in the field of defence, France acknowledged the role of NATO, both countries were in favour of a European "autonomous capacity of action". The new Franco-British cooperation initiated in early November does not look like such a move, but rather like a strict bilateral tie. What lessons can the European partners learn from this?