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    Reconciling EU interests and values: A new vision for global development

    10 September

    In a rapidly changing and interdependent world, Europe’s new leaders need to adopt a global perspective in European policy-making, a new understanding of the EU’s global role, and in particular, a new approach to international development. Read more


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    The Outlook for global energy investment

    Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius would need investment just a tenth higher than a baseline scenario, Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Chief Economist, told at Friends of Europe. Decisions made in energy investment will shape the future energy supply and whether it is reliable, affordable and sustainable.  Read the full report here 

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    State of Europe: A new action plan for Europe

    9 October

    The anti-establishment “wake-up call” delivered by elections to the European Parliament demands urgent policy responses. Over the next five years, the European Union must implement a crash “emergency” programme of Europe-wide actions that addresses Europeans’ key concerns. This roundtable will offer an opportunity on the 15th anniversary of Friends of Europe to address these key concerns.Read more




ASEAN-EU to talk trade, security

By Shada Islam 
Asia remains high on the European Union’s foreign and security policy agenda as foreign ministers from the EU and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations[1]) met in Brussels in July. Discussions at the EU-ASEAN meeting focused on an array of global and regional issues. But more importantly, both sides have specific long-standing demands which are likely to be raised. 

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Circular economy:
Scaling up best practices worldwide

Advocates of the “circular economy” argue that the entire model of global economic activity needs an overhaul. They say today’s linear production and consumption patterns, in which products are used for a short time and then discarded, result in massive waste. They set this view against the background of a rising world population, the emergence of a global middle class and emerging economies’ quest for prosperity.

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Did Europe do enough to stop the Arab Spring from failing?

Has the Arab Spring failed? The contrast between the experience of the Arab Spring countries and the successful transition from dictatorship made by the majority of the post-Soviet states in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall is stark. Whereas the European Union was there to offer support to the post-Soviet countries, have Europeans done enough to prevent the failure of the Arab Spring?

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Guest Contributions

Clouds of trade war on Eastern European horizons: The need for new leadership
By Jean-Pierre Lehmann. So many of our dreams of the euphoric 1990s are currently being shattered. Back then, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and creation of the World Trade Organisation, coupled with the EU expansion into Central and Eastern Europe, geo-economics were in command, while geopolitics seemed to fade into irrelevance.
On Europe’s Retreating Union: Diagnosis and a proposal
By Yanis VaroufakisThe recent European Parliament elections simply confirmed that the inane handling of the eurozone’s inevitable crisis has caused an economic malaise which mutated into a crisis of legitimacy for the European Union
Putting energy investment on the ‘climate’ track
By Stephanie Pfeifer .The EU has indicated that €1 trillion of investment by 2020 is required to meet its climate and energy goals, and policymakers are looking to private investors to provide the bulk of this capital. But real investment is falling far short.
Africa-EU Partnership: Involving the private sector is crucial for African development
By Françoise Moreau. The African continent is evolving rapidly – on both the political and economic fronts. In May 2013, the African Union celebrated 50 years of continent-wide integration and, in formulating the Agenda 2063, has developed its own vision for a prosperous and united Africa.
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Let’s stop talking about Europe’s ‘lost generation’ of young jobless

Years of crisis in so many of the EU’s member states have hardened into a single key question: How can we save European youth from becoming a “lost generation”? asks Jörg Asmussen.

It’s time for Brussels to re-think its post-Arab spring strategy
Regime changes in the southern Mediterranean region have done little to improve people’s lives. Hafez Ghanem argues that the EU’s efforts to support political and economic transition in the wake of the Arab Spring need to be overhauled, says Hafez Ghanem.            


A ‘warts and all’ portrait of a new EU industrial policy
To fully appreciate the EU’s new industrial policy, one first has to understand the reasons behind its European-level renaissance. By the end of the 1990s, many policymakers had become fascinated with the emerging knowledge-based, sustainable and green economy, leaving anyone speaking about industrial policy as belonging to a dying species. says Günter Verheugen.


The EU is trying to boost industry, aiming for 20% of gross domestic product (GDP) to come from manufacturing by 2020, from the current level of 15%. Panelists at a Friends of Europe Café Crossfire on 18 June said the numerical target was really just a way of saying ...
The Asia-Europe partnership, launched in Bangkok in 1996 to foster stronger relations between the two regions, is ready for a reset. Hopes are high that the 10th Asia Europe Meeting (AEM) – or ASEM summit – to be held in Milan on October 16-17 will confirm the credibility and relevance of Asia-Europe relations in the 21st Century.
Coming from all European countries, these young leaders are asked to reflect upon the major problems confronting Europe and to generate innovative ideas that can provide lasting solutions.
Juncker’s “make or break” Inheritance
By Giles Merritt. The  European Parliament elections in late May highlighted the “big picture” of the EU’s accelerating unpopularity, yet that warning was quickly eclipsed by the much smaller question of who should head the EU’s executive, the European Commission.
Indonesian elections matter to all of us

By Shada Islam and Patricia Diaz.  Elections in Indonesia matter to a closely watching world. The results of the presidential elections in the world’s third largest democracy on July 9 will determine the future direction of Southeast Asia’s most populous nation and dynamic economic powerhouse.  

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