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

    10 September

    The European Union should form ambitious plans to help solve global problems, leading development policy expert Simon Maxwell told a Friends of Europe debate on 10 September, adding: There is no ‘them and us’ anymore. There is only us in the modern world.” Read more
     

                                                                                                  



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    Africa: Progress and Pitfalls

    “Today is the time to finally unleash Africa's huge and unrivalled potential” Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development 

    The continent’s economies grew at an average of 5.2% a year between 2003 and 2011, and eight of the 10 fastest-growing economies in 2012 were African. This is slowly but surely translating in to a new Europe-Africa relationship based on equality. 


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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

                                                                                 


    
   

Op-ed

Why Global Europe must change in an “anxious age"

By Shada Islam
Federica Mogherini’s appointment as the new EU foreign policy chief offers an opportunity for an overhaul of EU foreign and security policy. The 2014 summer of death and violence has left the reputation of “Global Europe” in tatters, highlighting the EU’s apparent disconnect from the bleak reality surrounding it. Mogherini’s first priority must be to restore Europe’s credibility in an increasingly volatile and chaotic global landscape.

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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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dEBATING eUROPE

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

“Green realism” and the Danish model: How a real EU energy market can power growth
By Lars Rasmussen. With EU leaders having set an October deadline to agree on climate and energy targets for 2030, Europe faces a moment of truth for its economy and the global environnement. “Green Realism”, and not populism, must drive a transition toward a low-emission society, with a focus on competitiveness and growth.
Europe is killing NATO
By Julian Lindley-FrenchA Canadian one-time Prime Minister once said that, “NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat”.
Europe cannot afford to lose an entire generation
By Lauri Ihalainen and Heikki RäisänenThe financial and eurozone crises, along with the global economy’s slow recovery, has especially impacted young people, with unemployment rates hitting as high as 60%. With more than 5 million young Europeans out of work, what actions should Europe take to avoid the threat of a lost generation?
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.
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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.

Publications

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 conference on 17 June. 
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.
Juncker’s dilemmas
By Chris Burns. Leaders of the European Union have taken an important step by agreeing to appoint Poland’s Prime Minister as the President of the European Council and Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the EU’s foreign policy chief. Tusk is set to take office on December 1 for a period of two and a half-years.  
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.
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