How China, Russia, Turkey and others have stepped up their activities in the Balkans at a time when the enlargement perspective is sinking below the horizon?
The broad issue is how China, Russia, Turkey and others have stepped up their activities in the Balkans at a time when the enlargement perspective is sinking below the horizon, despite repeated promises that all Balkan countries will become EU members. In realpolitik terms, outside powers are trying to fill a vacuum which is largely of our own making. Areas concerned include public health (vaccine diplomacy), investment, infrastructure, (BRI), energy, and defence. The situation would look very different if the EU had extended its vaccine, employment and recovery initiatives to the 17.5 million people of the region.
Chair: Michael Leigh, Senior Fellow
Pierre Mirel, Honorary Director General, European Commission
Justyna Szczudlik, Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and China analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs
Aleksandra Tomanić, Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans
Catherine Wendt, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG NEAR
Honorary Director General, European Commission
Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans
Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and China analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs
Head of Unit, European Commission, DG NEAR
In this blog, the authors argue that two aspects of the European resolution framework are particularly in need of reform – the bail-in regime and the resolution mechanism for cross-border banks – and proposes a reform of both.
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The EU Green Deal's political scope extends far beyond climate neutrality and the European Union. What geopolitical and human repercussions does it have for its partners?
Untangling the politics behind the EU – China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
If the three biggest economies agree a carbon tax on imports, it will catalyse climate action globally.
How to make the European Green Deal succeed.
EU policymakers need to wake up to the consequences abroad of domestic decisions.
Join us to mark the launch of the eponymous paper co-written with the European Council on Foreign Relations.
The Green Deal will redefine Europe’s global policy priorities; as such, it is a foreign policy development with profound geopolitical consequences
After decades of increasing globalisation, there now seems to be a slowing, or even a turn to deglobalisation, meaning decelerating trade and investment and reduced global value chains. This trend seems to have accelerated because of the United States’ push to contain China in the context of their strategic competition. So far, however, there is less evidence of deglobalisation in terms of financial flows.
In-depth briefing and analysis on the issues of digital trade and the geopolitics of trade provided to the European Parliament.
Testimony before the European Parliament on the subject of EU fiscal policies.