Post Brexit. Peut-on faire un bilan ? L’Europe doit prendre enfin ses responsabilités

L’article était achevé lorsque la nouvelle bouleversante pour l’Europe de l’élection de Donald Trump est tombée. Fallait-il différer la publication de l’article ? Nous avons choisi de le publier sans en changer un mot, ne serait-ce que parce que certains de ses aspects avaient un caractère prémonitoire et parce que le fait d’entrer dans une période de très grandes incertitudes ne justifierait pas un quelconque report car alors on ne fait plus rien dans l’attente d’une éclaircie ! Quand ? Quelle éclaircie ? Quelle stabilité retrouvée ?

L’information est bouleversante pour l’Europe parce qu’elle réfute ses valeurs, parce qu’elle oblige l’Europe à être un leader non choisi   du camp des libertés démocratiques, leader non choisi mais aussi non préparé, trop habituée qu’elle était à s’abriter derrière la bannière étoilée. C’est donc aussi une chance à saisir. Le talentueux journaliste Nicolas Gros-Verheyden s’est exprimé dans un style plein de verdeur qui n’est pas celui habituel à Eulogos, mais il a son efficacité et sa pertinence : « Trump élu, l’Europe doit bouger ses fesses ».

C’est un avertissement incontestablement, l’expression d’un rejet profond, mais par quoi remplacer ce qui est aujourd’hui repoussé avec vigueur ? Nul ne le sait mais certainement pas par les fermetures, les replis qui isolent, pas plus que par la haine, la loi du plus fort, les discriminations, sources de conflits et de guerre. (suite…)

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[#FACTOFTHEDAY: attack in southern Turkey; killed 8 people and injured 100, following the massive government arrests ]
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[#FACTOFTHEDAY: attack in southern Turkey; killed 8 people and injured 100, following the massive government arrests ]

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a car bomb targeting a police station had exploded Friday, and killed eight people, including six civilians and two police officers. Yildirim said 100 people…

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#Factoftheday: NATO will enhance its contribution to the Global coalition to counter ISIS
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#Factoftheday: NATO will enhance its contribution to the Global coalition to counter ISIS

NATO has decided to enhance its contribution to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. The U.S.-led Coalition has been providing air support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces notably since the…

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Bruxelles, le jour après le veto wallon

Première constatation : Ce ne sont pas le Conseil Européen ni la Commission ni les gouvernements des Etats membres qui ont défendu l’intérêt du citoyen européen vis-à-vis des intérêts étrangers. Mais une région belge, la Wallonie. On ne peut plus se moquer impunément de la bonhomie et de l’art du compromis belge. Est-ce que la Wallonie est la seule entité de l’Europe à pouvoir ou à vouloir le faire ? (suite…)

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Between Cooperation and Competition: Major powers in Shared Neighbourhood – lessons for the EU
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Between Cooperation and Competition: Major powers in Shared Neighbourhood – lessons for the EU

The 22nd of September, the College of Europe organised a conference titled “Between Cooperation and Competition: Major powers in Shared Neighbourhood – lessons for the EU”. This conference aimed to emphasise the nature of the interaction between different major powers across the world. The analysis of their interaction shed the light on challenges that can arise when major power decide whether to cooperate or to compete while dealing with their “shared neighbourhood”. The variety of speakers involved in the conference allowed spectators to understand from different perspectives the issues preventing the EU to deal with its neighbourhood in the most effective way. The morning session focused on EU’s neighbourhood policies with its Eastern and Southern neighbours, and how no balance between cooperation and competition had yet been found. The afternoon session focused on the way other major powers (Brazil, the US, India, China) deal with their shared neighbourhood, and what lessons the EU need to learn from their practises.

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Will the European Union have an army? The return of the Franco-German alliance

“More than ever, Europe is facing huge challenges. Especially in times of crisis, our citizens must be able to recognize the value and benefits of being EU members. It is important to be able to guarantee internal security. This also implies an obligation to fight both the real threats and international Islamic terrorism in Europe”. These words are part of the Franco-German text presented on August 23 at the European Commission, in order to face the external and internal threats. A few days later, on September 11, at the eve of the Bratislava summit, another text was sent to the High Representative (HR) Federica Mogherini containing proposals to implement the Global Strategy of the European Union. The Global Strategy was presented during the first meeting without the United Kingdom, on June 28 in Brussels. After the referendum, it was clear that many balances should have been changed; however, a lot of people already speak about the Franco-German alliance, ready to take a leading role inside the European security and defense policy (ESDP). Firstly, this article will explain the content of the Lisbon Treaty’s articles which define the European common security and defense policy. Secondly, the path of the European security policy after Brexit will be presented. Finally, the objective consequences of this evolution will be analysed, in order to understand the implications of the Franco-German proposition.   

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#Factoftheday: MEPs are debating the catastrophic situation in Syria
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#Factoftheday: MEPs are debating the catastrophic situation in Syria

Members of the European Parliament are currently discussing the latest developments in Syria at the European Parliament (after the failed US-Russia attempts to revive the ceasefire followed by the Russian-backed Syrian…

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The Brexit effects on European security and defense

On June 23, British voters chose to leave the European Union. This important referendum, colloquially termed Brexit, has sent shockwaves across Europe and the world. The victory of the Leave side, with 52 percent of the vote, versus 48 percent for Remain, is a rare and unexpected point. Neither the EU nor the United Kingdom will ever be the same. In this article the aim is to understand what may be the causes of Brexit on European security and defense (CSDP). At first, the theoretical approach will be considered, which tends to explain objectively the effects on European security policy. Secondly, the first reaction of the European Union following the referendum will be examined. Finally, the framework of the meeting in Bratislava will be presented, the informal meeting in which will meet for the first time the 27 EU countries.

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The European Post-Brexit scenario: An opportunity for a re-launch of the European Project?

While the direction of Theresa May’s new cabinet seems to be further in line with the concrete development of Brexit negotiations, notably with the appointment of Boris Johnson to Foreign Minister, the rest of Europe has been reflecting on the outcome of 23 June referendum. “Those who thought that a PM who had backed Remain (albeit reluctantly) would, over time, slide back on the EU verdict, were put right in an instant. As long as Theresa May is in charge Britain will be marching, head down against the wind, towards the door marked Exit”, reported The Telegraph last Monday 17 July. During the subsequent reunion of the European Council in Brussels and the discussion of its first declaration within the European Parliament, it a strong unity was evident in denying consultation to British representatives before a clear position was stated (and a clear counterpart, as Brexit campaigners quickly left the stage – see previous article). (suite…)

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