2019-08-14 - Bulletin
Charles Michel at the Helm of the European Council
The European Council has unanimously elected the prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, to be its new president. Michel has gained a reputation as a moderate and an able negotiator, but he is also a proponent of a multi-speed Europe. Should he fail to build compromises on issues that divided the EU in recent years, he is likely to propose that new projects be carried out through enhanced cooperation of groups of willing Member States.
2019-08-13 - Bulletin
The Significance of Josep Borrell's Election as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
On 2 July, the European Council (EC) nominated the Spanish socialist Josep Borrell for the position of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR). If he takes office, he will continue the agenda of his predecessor Federica Mogherini. Nonetheless, he will focus more on cooperation with the Maghreb and Latin America countries, and will be more open to restrictive policy towards Russia. However, the most important challenges will be to improve the efficiency of European diplomacy and HR’s cooperation with Member States.
2019-08-09 - Bulletin
Settlement Annexation on the West Bank: Legal and Political Context
The issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank remains one of the key elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The political situation in Israel and favourable attitude of the U.S. administration increase the likelihood that Israel might annex settlements. Illegal under international law, this action would have a destructive effect on the peace process and would force a revision of EU-Israel relations.
2019-08-08 - Bulletin
Space in the Trump Administration's Security Policy
The U.S. will create a new branch of the armed forces to conduct operations in space. This is a response to the increased threat from China and Russia, which are rapidly developing space systems for military use. As a result of the U.S. actions, NATO adopted its first space policy. The effects of this policy also oblige allies who do not have space capabilities and who will have to work out their own policy towards this domain.
2019-08-08 - Comment
Latest Yuan Depreciation Escalates U.S.-China Dispute
The U.S. and China are escalating their trade conflict despite negotiations to resolve it. In response to new tariffs to be imposed by the U.S., the Chinese authorities allowed their currency to depreciate below the symbolic value of 7 yuan per dollar on 5 August, which led to plunges in major global stock exchanges, among other effects. The protracted and escalating dispute, now expanded to currency issues, will negatively impact the global economy, including the EU’s.