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EU and strategic partners

The European Investment Bank: an overlooked (f)actor in EU external action?

By Balazs Ujvari (02-06-2017)

In Egmont papers

This Egmont paper aims to 1) explore the extent to which the EIB already delivers, through its operations outside the Union, on the priorities guiding EU external action and 2) to identify ways in which the potential of the EIB as a multiplier of EU external action could be exploited in a better manner. The paper concludes with recommendations aimed at maximising read more…

EU-South Korea security relations: The current state of play

By Mason Richey (30-05-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

The EU and South Korea both face challenging circumstances in the domestic and international arenas. The EU is focused on Eurozone instability, terrorism, political extremism, revisionist Russia, and crises in the MENA. South Korea, under the new, center-left presidency of Moon Jae In, is fighting to emerge from political corruption, economic malaise, read more…

The EU in the AIIB: taming China’s influence from within

By Balazs Ujvari, Fleur Huijskens, Richard Turcsanyi (24-05-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

With the recent approval of the membership request of Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Romania, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will soon count 20 EU countries among its members. But how could the EU make the most of this presence in the bank? Apart from direct business opportunities for its private sector, there are strategic, read more…

Friday, 28 April 2017

Strategic Partnerships as a new form of alignment? Comparative lessons from Asia and Europe

Conference from 14:00 - 16:00 (by invitation only)

Our guest speaker will be Dr Thomas Wilkins, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He will discuss strategic partnerships from a theoretical background (their place read more…

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Taiwan issue and EU-China relations

Academic workshop (on invitation only)

Taiwan is a sensitive issue in Chinese foreign policy. The One China Policy is one of the foundations for all major powers in the world to manage relationship with China. The Trump Administration in the United States reconfirmed its position just recently. The European Union always adhered to the One China policy and recognises the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China. However, it recognises Taiwan as an economic and commercial entity, has solid relations with Taiwan in non-political areas and read more…

EU-China co-operation in global governance: going beyond the conceptual gap

By Balazs Ujvari (05-04-2017)

In Egmont papers

This Egmont paper aims to identify ways of overcoming the deadlock that often characterises EU-China co-operation in multilateral institutions and processes due to their differing interpretations of global governance. The paper draws on the perspectives of four Chinese experts of EU-China relations, read more…

Europe and the great powers: playing our Trump cards

By Sven Biscop (04-04-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

On the eve of Donald Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping, we are all holding our breath. But should we rather not be proactive, using Europe’s diplomatic and economic power to further our interests in China, Asia and the neigbourhood. Where should a creative and ambitious Grand Strategy position Europe in between Trump, Xi and Putin? read more…

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

European defence after Brexit

Roundtable discussion (on invitation only)

Roundtable with Alexander Mattelaer, Director European Affairs Programme, Egmont and Dick Zandee and Margriet Drent, Clingendael. Institute Please find more information on this programme here.

(Photo credit: Rareclass, Flickr)

Geopolitical influences on the future of Renminbi

By John Ryan (23-03-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

The Chinese government has made great strides in its ambition to turn the Renminbi into a global reserve currency. The importance of Europe to China’s economy is unquestionable, so Brexit is an unwelcomed event. China’s resolve to reduce its US Dollar exposure has intensified following read more…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Global geo-economic competition: what implications for the EU?


This invitation-only event will take place on 28 March 2017.  For more information, please contact b.ujvari@egmontinstitute.be

(Photo credit: Kirill Vinokurov, Wikimedia Commons)