2019-08-20 - Bulletin
Ethiopia: Ethnic Tensions Threaten State Stability
A series of political assassinations in June in Ethiopia exacerbated ethnic tensions in a country organised under a model of ethnic federalism. The growth of ethnic nationalism has become a major challenge for reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Continuation of the current trend risks halting the democratisation of the public sphere, economic integration of the Horn of Africa, and a failure of EU policies towards the region.
2019-08-19 - Bulletin
Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: an Urgent Challenge for the EU
Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean have been increasing in recent months. This is a consequence of the overlapping of historical disputes with new conditions in the form of increased regional competition and enhanced involvement of outside powers. The escalation of the crisis may weaken European plans to diversify energy resources from the south, make it more difficult to solve migration problems, and destabilise the EU's neighbourhood.
2019-08-14 - Bulletin
Charles Michel at the Helm of the European Council
The European Council has unanimously elected the prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, to be its new president. Michel has gained a reputation as a moderate and an able negotiator, but he is also a proponent of a multi-speed Europe. Should he fail to build compromises on issues that divided the EU in recent years, he is likely to propose that new projects be carried out through enhanced cooperation of groups of willing Member States.
2019-08-13 - Bulletin
The Significance of Josep Borrell's Election as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
On 2 July, the European Council (EC) nominated the Spanish socialist Josep Borrell for the position of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR). If he takes office, he will continue the agenda of his predecessor Federica Mogherini. Nonetheless, he will focus more on cooperation with the Maghreb and Latin America countries, and will be more open to restrictive policy towards Russia. However, the most important challenges will be to improve the efficiency of European diplomacy and HR’s cooperation with Member States.
2019-08-09 - Bulletin
Settlement Annexation on the West Bank: Legal and Political Context
The issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank remains one of the key elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The political situation in Israel and favourable attitude of the U.S. administration increase the likelihood that Israel might annex settlements. Illegal under international law, this action would have a destructive effect on the peace process and would force a revision of EU-Israel relations.