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The Europe in the World (EiW) Programme scrutinises the impact of a changing international system on Europe and probes how the EU and its member states can leverage their untapped potential to advance their interests and values on a regional and global level. It thus examines the EU’s relations with major powers, such as the United States, China, and Russia, and how Europe can contribute to a rules-based global order. Secondly, the Programme focuses on the role of the EU in fostering reform, resilience and stability in neighbouring regions and looks closely at developments in Turkey and Ukraine, among other countries. Thirdly, the Programme examines how the EU can strengthen its security in the face of terrorism, violent extremism, as well as hybrid and cyber threats. It also seeks to advance the debate on Europe’s defence policy.


11th package of EU sanctions: Focusing on circumvention
By Svitlana Taran - 16/05/2023
Security & defence / POLICY BRIEF
Advancing military mobility in Europe: An uphill battle
By Mihai Sebastian Chihaia - 11/04/2023
Georgia must get its act together to become an EU candidate country 
By Amanda Paul , Iana Maisuradze - 27/03/2023


Le mani di Erdogan (ancora) sulla Turchia
Amanda Paul was interviewed by Europa Today on the elections in Türkiye and their implications for EU-Türkiye relations.

Read the full article here. (In Italian)

Le mani di Erdogan (ancora) sulla Turchia
24 May 2023 - ,
Europa Today
Brussels, my love? What Brussels think about the Turkish elections and the EU flag debate
Ricardo Borges de Castro participated in Euronews' talk show, "Brussels, my love?". The episode focused on EU/Turkish relations in light of Türkiye's recent elections and the EU's Spring Economic Forecast.

Watch the full episode here.

Brussels, my love? What Brussels think about the Turkish elections and the EU flag debate
20 May 2023 - ,
Foreign policy / EPC FLASH ANALYSIS
Today’s Gymnich menu: Russia for lunch; China for afternoon tea
When EU ministers for foreign affairs meet today in Sweden, they have a full menu: Russia and its aggression on Ukraine for lunch; EU-China relations for the afternoon tea or coffee. While there is greater convergence and unity on how Brussels and the EU27 should respond to Moscow’s armed geopolitical revisionism, future relations with Beijing are harder to digest. Clearly, there has been a gradual European hardening on China over the last few years, but the several dimensions and layers of EU-China ties make it a much harder challenge to address in a fully coherent and coordinated way.

Hence, it should not come as a surprise if what comes out of the informal Gymnich meeting is a sharper reiteration of current China as a ‘partner,’ ‘competitor,’ and ‘rival’ policy. Commission President von der Leyen’s ‘de-risking-not-decoupling’ compass is also likely to feature high, but the basic tenets of the EU’s China strategy are unlikely to change fundamentally. Besides, calling China a ‘rival’ is already a sunk diplomatic cost: Beijing rejects that characterisation, and unless the EU scraps the term altogether, it is pointless for policymakers to devise a synonym that is likely to equally annoy the Chinese.

China and Russia are on today’s menu, but they are not the only countries with which the EU needs to grapple with. Apart from these two big players, a key relationship is the one with the United States. Although transatlantic relations are presently on a better path despite known irritants, 2024 may take the two sides of the Atlantic back to the future if Mr Trump or a Trumpian candidate is elected. Before the upcoming election cycle starts, the EU and the US should rapidly set up ‘transatlantic guardrails’ to keep the relationship on track irrespective of the outcome of the US presidential elections.

As the world becomes geopolitically more fragmented and competitive, the EU needs to think more deliberately about its global relations and devise a policy of ‘strategic diversification’ across all policy areas, also assessing and mapping countries that can advance or hinder the objectives of the Union, from economic security and military defence to the green and digital transitions. This represents a large swath of nations worldwide – like-minded and not. Indeed, ‘strategic diversification’ would allow the EU, in the long-term, to act autonomously when it needs to do so to defend or advance its values or interests and in partnership when its aims are better served by acting together with other countries that share the same values and/or interests.

EU autonomy through diversification may be better than pursuing the current ambivalent path that risks alienating friends and competitors. Maybe ministers can have ‘strategic diversification’ with brännvin for a nightcap?

P.S. – President Macron’s “Made in Europe” doctrine published today in the media is also a good weekend reading.

Today’s Gymnich menu: Russia for lunch; China for afternoon tea
12 May 2023 - ,

Israel / PODCAST

The new government in Israel: Domestic and foreign policy implications - Part II
As protests in Israel continue to rise against Netanyahu's government and his judicial reforms, the final part of this EPC podcast series takes a closer look at Israel’s foreign relations. EPC Policy Analyst Mihai Sebastian Chihaia is joined by Azriel Bermant, Maya Sion, and Aaron David Miller to discuss the US stance towards Netanyahu, the significance and purpose of President Herzog’s visit to Brussels, and the new government’s position towards Russia and the war in Ukraine.

How will the new leadership affect Israel’s geopolitical agenda? Will the EU support the country’s pro-democracy movements? And will the US be ‘tough on Israel’ if Netanyahu moves forward with his controversial judicial reforms?

With Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Azriel Bermant , Maya Sion , Aaron David Miller


Israel / PODCAST

The new government in Israel: Domestic and foreign policy implications - Part I
The EPC Podcast is back to delve deeper into EU affairs and connect the dots between politics, policies, and people. This new episode forms the first part of a two-part podcast on the new Israeli government and its domestic and foreign policy agenda.

After Benjamin Netanyahu’s election as the new Israeli Prime Minister, the European Policy Centre hosted a Twitter Space to discuss the implications of the election results. EPC Analyst Mihai Sebastian Chihaia was joined by Azriel Bermant, Maya Sion and Aaron David Miller to explore the prospects for Israel’s relations with the EU, the US, and other international actors.

What are the key domestic policies that Netanyahu wants to implement? How will his right-wing government influence EU-Israeli relations? And will Netanyahu’s extremist agenda damage the historically positive relationship between the US and Israel?

With Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Azriel Bermant , Maya Sion , Aaron David Miller


Security & defence / PODCAST

NATO Summit wrap-up: The road to 2030
This episode takes a closer look at the outcome of the NATO summit and the implications for EU-NATO cooperation and the transatlantic relationship, and how the Alliance plans to deal with Russia and China. It also reviews NATO’s plans to help the fight against climate change.

With Jamie Shea, Professor of Strategy and Security at the University of Exeter, former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO and senior adviser to the EPC; Katarina Kertysova, Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network and NATO 2030 Young Leader; and Mihai Sebastian Chihaia, Policy Analyst in the Europe in the World programme at the European Policy Centre.

With Rebecca Castermans , Jamie Shea , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Katarina Kertysova


Foreign policy / PODCAST

Feminist Foreign Policy: What’s in a name?
Feminist foreign policy is gaining momentum around the world. But what makes a foreign policy 'feminist'? And why is it important to re-evaluate defence and security policies through a decidedly feminist lens?

In this episode, I put these and other questions to Shada Islam, Senior Advisor on Asia and Africa to the EPC and well-known commentator on EU affairs, and Nina Bernarding, Director at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy.

We also talked about intersectionality, the need for broader inclusion in foreign policy, what an EU feminist foreign policy could and should look like and our shared admiration for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

With Rebecca Castermans , Shada Islam , Nina Bernarding


Foreign policy / PODCAST

The renewed Franco-German partnership and its potential to build a geopolitical Europe

In this episode, Jana Puglierin and Ulrike Esther Franke from the European Council on Foreign Relations argue that it is time for the EU to get serious about its foreign policy - and explain how France and Germany can lead the way.

When it comes to geopolitics, the EU is still something of a navel-gazer. The past decade saw one existential crisis after another, forcing the EU leadership to focus its attention inward. But while the Union was dealing with its own issues, the outside world became an increasingly chaotic and sometimes even hostile place, seeing the return of zero-sum thinking and great power rivalry. The COVID-19 crisis and the economic recession that followed have only emphasized how critical foreign policy challenges are.

In response to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in May of this year announced that they would back a €500 billion EU bond to help with Europe's economic recovery. The historic statement led many to wonder if the previously sputtering Franco-German engine could also force a breakthrough in EU foreign policy, especially since Germany was about to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU. 

Jana's and Ulrike's contributions are based on the ECFR Policy Brief 'The big engine that might: How France and Germany can build a geopolitical Europe'. Their analysis draws from the findings of the third edition of the European Council on Foreign Relations' EU Coalition Explorer – a survey of foreign policy experts and government officials across the EU27 that was taken in March and April of this year.

With Rebecca Castermans



Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme
EU’s international role, future of Europe, global trends, transatlantic relations, multilateralism, democratisation, strategic foresight, scenarios, enlargement
Senior Policy Analyst
Turkey, Ukraine, South Caucasus, security and conflict resolution in the Black Sea, EU foreign policy in its Eastern neighbourhood, Enlargement, counter-violent extremism
Policy Analyst
EU-Asia relations, China's foreign policy, EU and NATO common security and defence policy, ASEAN, Japan
Policy Analyst
European security and defence policies, Middle East political and security issues, EU-Middle East relations, Black Sea security developments, hybrid threats
Programme Assistant
Eastern Partnership, Transatlantic affairs, terrorism & radicalisation
Programme Assistant
EU Eastern neighbourhood, EU Institutions, women in security, humanitarian law and human rights
Research Fellow
International trade, trade policy, free trade agreements, non-tariff barriers to trade, European economic integration, trade sanctions.

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