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The euro crisis should not mean the end of enlargement

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European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Dimitar Bechev, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), September 20, 2012

Wrecked by the euro crisis and a loss of the confidence that helped it expand to the current 27 members, the European Union might be expected to shrink rather than grow in the coming few years. Without an effective solution to the euro crisis, the odds are that states might exit the common currency, if not the EU as a whole, and further expansion seems a long way down the list of priorities.

However enlargement is far from over, with Croatia due to join next year and other countries in the Western Balkans still working towards accession. And although the challenges are considerable, further expansion is not just in these countries’ interests but in the interests of the EU itself… (more) http://ow.ly/2shR67

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The NATO Global Hub

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NATO flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Richard WeitzProject Syndicate, August 30, 2012
What should an alliance do when its leading member and dominant pillar decides to shift its focus to the other side of the world? NATO leaders have been grappling with this question since US President Barack Obama’s announcement of his administration’s “pivot” to Asia last year compelled them to examine the Alliance’s global role. … http://ow.ly/1md3uq

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Interview with Sven Biscop – European ‘grand strategy’

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A map showing European membership of the EU and NATO.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BJames Rogers and Sven BiscopEuropean Geostrategy, August 26, 2012

In this second interview in the series of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies, James Rogers discusses European ‘grand strategy’ with Sven Biscop, the Director of the ‘Europe in the World’ programme at the Egmont Institute... (more)  http://ow.ly/1m8NmB

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IISS: Fullerton Lecture – The Euro and the Future of Europe

Klaus Regling (photo: IISS)

International Institute for Strategic  Studies, Fullerton Lecture, 24 August 2012

The EU response to the eurozone crisis is producing results said Klaus Regling, CEO of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), in the fifth IISS Fullerton Lecture, ‘The Euro and the Future of Europe’ in Singapore. http://ow.ly/1m751H

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Restoring Europe’s competitiveness

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European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Nikolaus van der Pas and John WylesFriends of Europe, August 24, 2012

The sovereign debt crisis is casting the European Union’s competitiveness problems in a very different light from a dozen years ago. Strengthening Europe’s ability to compete in the globalised economy has been a core EU objective since the Lisbon Declaration of 2000. But despite long seasons of discussion about priorities and numerous criticisms of the slow progress towards the 2010 goal of “the world’s most efficient and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world”, a comprehensive view of the challenge has been lacking. There was a general reluctance to relate lack of achievement to inadequate governance at the EU level and, until the financial crisis struck in 2008, a failure to focus on the growing divergence of competitiveness between Union member states…. (more) http://ow.ly/1m738n

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EuropeanGeostrategy: Interview with Daniel Keohane

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A map showing European membership of the EU and NATO.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by James Rogers and Daniel KeohaneEuropean Geostrategy, August 19, 2012

Over the next few months the editors of European Geostrategy will undertake a number of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies. In this first interview, James Rogers discusses European military power with Daniel Keohane, formerly a Research Fellow at the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies, and now the Head of Strategic Affairs at FRIDE. … http://ow.ly/1m2i9j

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Atlantic-Community: Conflicting Allegiances – NATO, EU or Sovereignty?

EU and NATO nations (photo: European Union Center at the University of Illinois

By Rhys Ashvin Merrett, Atlantic-Community, August 10, 2012

Recent activity by the EU High Representative and Secretary General of NATO reflect the surge of interest in the Asia-Pacific. However, the extent of NATO and EU strategic involvement in the region is dependent upon a group of 21 European states that are members of both institutions.

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