Tag Archives: Foreign Policy

Georgia’s Importance for the European Union

Georgia has maintained a strong pro-Western orientation since its independence from the Soviet Union, but its integration with Europe has been clouded by its ongoing feud with Russia. The PDU examines the EU’s relationship with…

Is Ukraine Going West, East or Nowhere?

The failed Ukraine-EU association pact has led to frustration in Brussels and riots in Kiev. Once more the weaknesses of EU foreign policy have been revealed. By Roisin Berghaus On 21 November, Ukrainian Prime Minister…

Losing Influence?

The PDU argues that the (non-) outcomes of the nuclear talks with Iran show a European decline in foreign policy weight. By Felix Lettau Last weekend, when French foreign minister Laurent Fabius withdrew from what he called…

Turkey’s (possibly) European Future

The PDU discusses the possibility of Turkey joining the EU and argues that the Union must do everything it can to make the country’s future a European one. By Matthias Gerl Ankara’s recent statements regarding the…

The Need for European Energy Independence

An EU-wide renewable energy policy provides the Union with not only environmental benefits, but geostrategic ones as well. The PDU discusses the political implications of the EU’s energy dependence and the benefits that renewables can…

Stabilizing the Lebanon – Disarming Hezbollah

Europe should find a way to support the Lebanese government in depriving the Islamist terrorist organization Hezbollah of the support it has in the country’s population. By Liam Fitzgerald The Syrian civil war has brought…

A New European Fiasco in Syria?

Will the fiasco of Bosnia repeat itself? As the US Congress is set to vote on military action in Syria, the EU continues to lack any common and above all effective policy toward Syria. By…

Ukraine at a Crossroads

As the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement comes closer to ratification, Ukraine’s prospects with a future Eurasian Union are slipping out of its hands. Roisin Berghaus discusses how an EU-oriented future for Ukraine will benefit the country’s…

“Rouhani is the Friendly Face of Terror”

A conversation between Stephan Grigat (University of Vienna) and Mojtaba Shamsrizi (The World Security Network Foundation’s expert on Iran) on Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani. Moderated by Manouchehr Shamsrizi for PDU The inauguration of Iran’s new…

Can We do More to Help Egypt?

PDU asks whether Europe is doing enough to stop the violence in Egypt. By Korbinian Rueger. It has been seven weeks since the Egyptian military has removed Mohamed Morsi as president and the Egyptian constitution has…