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From self-doubt to self-assurance: The European External Action Service as the indispensable support for a geopolitical EU

January 2021 • Blockmans Steven, Hillion Christophe, Vimont Pierre

Report

The rivalry of today’s world should induce the EU to act as a cohesive force. Yet, EU countries are still struggling to focus on the common interest. The 10th anniversary of the European External Action Service thus constitutes an opportune moment to reconsider its contribution to EU foreign policy. This report on the EEAS is the fruit of a research cooperation to which SIEPS has contributed. (January 2021)

EU Industrial Policy in a Globalised World - Effects on the Single Market

June 2020 • Andhov Marta, Bastidas Venegas Vladimir, Engberg Katarina, Hettne Jörgen, Papadopoulos Thomas, Wiberg Maria

Report

As the EU aims at strengthening the competitivity of European companies, the functioning of the Single Market comes to the fore. Is a more assertive industrial policy compatible with free and fair competition? This question is studied in a volume focusing on the legal instruments that govern the EU’s internal market. (2020:1op)

Geopolitics and the Covid-19 pandemic: a distorted turn in EU external relations

June 2020 • Youngs Richard

Analysis

Recently, EU leaders have repeated the message that the Union needs to be more “geopolitical”. What does this mean? Richard Youngs, professor of International Relations, analyses this ambition by questioning its underlying assumptions. Without a modern and innovative form of geopolitics, he writes, the EU’s international identity risks becoming more uncertain and ambiguous – a risk that the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to reinforce. (2020:5epa)

Compatible Interests? The EU and China’s Belt and Road Initiative

January 2020 • Cornell Svante E, Swanström Niklas

Report

China’s economic development and global impact are tilting the economic, political and military balances that have shaped the world since the end of the cold war. One fundamental step in China’s global strategy is the infrastructure project BRI. In this report, Svante E. Cornell and Niklas Swanström analyse its impact on the EU’s neighbourhood as well as on the European project. (2020:1)

The Lisbon Treaty 10 years on: Success or Failure?

December 2019 • Kelemen R. Daniel, Spaventa Eleanor, Södersten Anna, Thies Anne, van Middelaar Luuk

Report

On 1 December 2009, the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, aiming at making the EU more democratic, more transparent and more efficient. In this volume, four scholars discuss whether the Treaty has strengthened the EU during the past decade, a period marked by several crises for the European Union. With contributions from Luuk van Middelaar, R. Daniel Kelemen, Anne Thies and Eleanor Spaventa. (2019:2op)

The Obsolescence of the European Neighbourhood Policy

January 2017 • Blockmans Steven

Report

The Treaty of Lisbon introduced a mandate for the EU to develop a special relationship with its neighbouring countries. How has this mandate impacted, if at all, the so-called European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which the Union had developed in the wake of its eastern enlargement? And more generally, how has the ENP evolved in view of the new realities on the ground? These are some of the questions that Professor Steven Blockmans explores in this tenth report which SIEPS publishes in the context of its research project The EU external action and the Treaty of Lisbon.

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