News and Commentary
19 Aug 2014
| by Joris Larik
Opinions may differ on what is the “most dangerous branch” in the European Union. However, at the moment the most ambitious institution regarding the expansion of its own powers is doubtlessly the European Parliament (EP). Following the first-time ever election of the European Commission President last month, a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice, also shows that even the Union’s “sovereignty-sensitive” Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is not immune to the Parliament’s advances.
14 Aug 2014
| Nikola Dimitrov
“Europe, for many Ukrainians, is not so much a geographical concept as an idea representing honesty, decency, and stability. This is why protesters fought so hard to remove Yanukovich …” underlined recently Oliver Bullough. Maidan was a collective cry for what Europe stands for, for the European narrative.
07 Aug 2014
While piracy and terrorism in the Indian Ocean are current issues, so-called Great Power rivalry is not yet an immediate security threat in the region. However, as the authors of our latest Policy Brief
argue, the potential effects of Great Power rivalry are more fundamental and reach further than acts of terrorism or piracy. Therefore, policy-makers in the European Union ought to pay close attention to issues of maritime security in the Indian Ocean.