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    ASEM: A partnership for the 21st Century

    Asia matters for Europe and Europe matters for Asia. With both regions facing the challenge of an increasingly interdependent world, the need for closer and deeper cooperation is ever more pressing. “The Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) is just as relevant today as it was during the first Summit held in Bangkok in 1996 and even more so,” said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in a special video message to the high-level conference. 

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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 EU 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

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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




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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Scotland, independence and Europe: addressing the EU democratic deficit

When the Scottish National Party adopted a policy of independence in Europe in 1988, opponents (some of whom were party members) argued that it was nonsensical: why would Scotland seek to leave one Union only to join another? How could a country be truly independent if it surrendered sovereignty to the centralising behemoth that is the European Project?

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Should Ukraine’s neighbours be worried about Russian intervention?

Could Russia intervene in other countries after Ukraine? Or is Russia merely protecting an embattled minority from persecution? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policy-makers and experts for their reactions.

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Guest Contributions

Turning “Incomplete Europe” into Competitive Europe
By Joaquin Almunia Europe’s Single Market remains a work in progress, a work that needs to be accelerated in telecom, digital, energy, services and other sectors if we’re to realise our full potential from globalisation and not fall victim to it. Both the consumer and businesses stand to gain if we can progress from an “Incomplete Europe” to a Competitive Europe.
“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”.
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.


Africa is increasingly attracting attention for its economic buoyance and success in reducing poverty and is now viewed as an opportunity rather than a challenge, panellists told a Friends of Europe’s Development Policy Forum Africa Summit on 24 June. 
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.
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 ...
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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