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    EU Must Lead on Climate Action

    3 April, Brussels

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on EU leaders to speed up the adoption of the 2030 climate and energy targets and continue leading the global effort to deal with climate change, at Friends of Europe.

    “I urge the EU to reach a decision on the package as soon as possible, preferably at the June 2014 EU Council meeting. “Europe has both the power and a responsibility to lead – in pioneering solutions at home; in propagating answers abroad; and in the climate negotiations".
    Ban Ki-moon's speech & Press release
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    EU-Indonesia: 21st Century partners

    28 April

    As a leading member of ASEAN and an emerging global actor, Indonesia’s transformation from an authoritarian state to a robust democracy continues to inspire a watching world. The year ahead will be crucial for Indonesia’s political future. Whoever wins at the ballot box will face an array of challenges in unleashing the country’s potential. Join us and gain new insight from key experts from Indonesia on the prospects of the upcoming elections and the implications for Europe. Read more

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    Energy subsidies: To be or not to be?

    13 May
    The debate over the new 2030 EU climate and energy targets has again turned the spotlight on the trade-off between competitiveness and climate change. Are calls to end green subsidies justified? The need for incentives that would end Europe’s present investment standstill in new power stations and secure energy supplies in light of the Ukraine crisis is clear, but what sort of political breakthrough does that demand? Are all forms of energy State aid harmful and which public support should have been scrapped long ago?   Read more


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Will Bosnia-Herzegovina ever join the European Union?

Bosnia-Herzegovina hopes to one day join the European Union, though formal negotiations seem a distant prospect. Will Bosnia-Herzegovina ever join the EU? Or is the political situation still too fragile for progress to be made toward EU membership? Does the country need a new constitution? And what would be the benefits of Bosnian membership for the rest of the EU?


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EU-China: The next ten years

On the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Brussels, Friends of Europe has published a book entitled “EU-China: The next ten years” which provides valuable information on the state of China-EU ties today and prospects for their future expansion.           


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Debating Europe

Debating Europe met two members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, both outspoken critics of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, and asked a question on human rights in Russia. 



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Guest Contributions

How far can investments in R&D fuel economic growth in Europe?
By  Beñat Bilbao-Osorio.  For more than a decade, there have been growing concerns about Europe’s place in the global economy as it struggles to cope with the consequences of...
Ten ways the Ukraine crisis may change the world
By  Paul Taylor.  As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia's annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes...
A historic opportunity to enhance China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
By  Yang Yanyi.  I have come to Brussels at a time when China-EU cooperation opportunities abound. Now, we are expecting a milestone visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping...
Ethnic violence in South Sudan escalates as UN Security Council mulls sanctions

Inter-ethnic violence is plaguing South Sudan following reported massacres in the capital of Unity province, Bentiu with graphic images evocative of the Rwandan Genocide.

Syria announces presidential election amid international criticism

Presidential elections will be held in Syria for June 3rd, with Bashar al-Assad seeking re-election amid widespread international criticism.

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Erdogan bruised but unbeaten, while Turkey’s growth outlook is dented

The world has had Ukraine and Syria. Turkey has had municipal elections – and few Turks will regret their passing. The run up to the vote on March 30 was one of the most corrosive periods in recent Turkish history – and the respite may be brief,  says David Tonge.

Are the UK and France on the same page?
There should be a proper study into [...] how the partnership can expand with tangible results into areas of increasing relevance for the two countries, namely weak governance, organized crime and violent extremism (especially in the Sahel), and cyber security, says Benoît Gomis.            


For investment and growth, Europe must stop regulating itself to death
Ground-breaking innovations in digitalisation and other sectors mean that traditional industries face the choice of renewing with the booming cleantech sector, or withering away, says Jyri Häkämies. What we desperately need is less but better regulation, adds.

Putin is splitting tearing up Europe’s post-war security order

By John Bruton. Russia’s tactics in annexing Crimea and destabilising Ukraine have torn up the assumptions on which the relationship between the West and Russia have been based since the end of the Second World War.


In order to enhance its global competitiveness and respond to growing industry and consumer demands, the creation of a European digital single market is a necessary step forward for the EU.
This report is intended as a stimulus to widen the debate about the European Union's social policy options once a new Commission and Parliament are in place and is a basis for discussion by the Friends of Europe High-Level Group on ‘Social Europe’.

Negotiations for accession to the EU are notoriously technical but enlargement is a political process, noted Miroslav Lajčák, Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister at our 12th yearly European Policy Summit on the Balkans.

Myanmar today: Tackling the good, the bad and the ugly

By Shada Islam and Patricia Díaz. After five decades of repressive military rule, Myanmar’s political and economic transformation continues to impress. The country is preparing for milestone elections in autumn 2015, ceasefire talks have opened with ethnic groups and work begun on important constitutional changes ahead of next year’s polls.

Afghanistan: beyond elections

By Shada Islam and Patricia Díaz. Afghans go to the polls on April 5 to elect a new leader to replace President Hamid Karzai. The elections – leading to Afghanistan’s first-ever peaceful democratic transfer of power – are important.

Friends of Europe – Les amis de l'Europe is a leading think-tank that aims to stimulate thinking on key global and European political challenges. Our insightful and timely publications and animated debates provide access to sharp analysis and information. We promote the confrontation of ideas that is vital to policymaking and encourage wider involvement in Europe’s future.

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