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EU strategy and foreign policy

A jihadi threat in mutation?

By Thomas Renard (23-06-2017)

In Other publications

The latest attacks in Europe (London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels) were committed by homegrown terrorists, who radicalized in Europe. While this is now perceived as a growing and new type of threat, it is not. Homegrown terrorist attacks are the norm, not the exception.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

European Defence: a new start ?

Seminar from 09:00 - 13:10

Since the beginning of 2015, a series of destabilizing events, from terrorism to a migration crisis without precedent, have shaken Europeans even in their daily lives. We are left with the impression of a disoriented European Union, reacting without unity. To that must be added the effects of the British referendum on exiting the EU, and the election of the new US president, the long-term effects of which are difficult to measure. read more…

Monday, 26 June 2017

Forgotten Power? Europe in a Multipolar World

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30

International politics is not about charity, but about the pursuit of interests. That seems self-evident, but to the European Union it wasn’t. For a long time the EU closed its eyes for the dark side of international politics and behaved as if interests, geopolitics and power politics no longer mattered. Then a series of events made the EU blink its eyes. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the proxy wars in the Middle East, the disputes over the South China Sea, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the U.S. finally made many in Brussels realise that we are now truly living in a multipolar world. The great powers and many regional powers are competing and cooperating at the same time. “America First”, Trump’s campaign slogan, means that nobody will automatically defend the EU’s interests. Europe will have to think for itself – but it has forgotten how to use its power (which it still has) and hence is no longer respected as a power. Which role could and should Europe aspire to, and what does that mean for its alliance with the U.S.?

Chair: Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, Director of Egmont’s Europe Programme and Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


  • Dr. Sven Biscop, Director of Egmont’s Europe in the World Programme and Professor at Ghent University
  • Dr. Luis Simón, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Brussels Office and Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Doors will open at 17:30

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What’s wrong with CVE? The limits of a paradigm

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30

Chair: Rik Coolsaet

Speaker: Peter Mandaville read more…

Trans-Atlantic Security: four imperatives for NATO

By Chris Lombardi (05-06-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on Egmont’s joint event with the German Marshall Fund the day before the NATO Special Meeting in Brussels of 25 May, Chris Lombardi outlines his recipes for the future of the Alliance. read more…

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…

Monday, 29 May 2017

Rethinking the EU’s relations with strategic partners: more pragmatism and flexibility?

Workshop from 13:45 - 15:30

Last year, the EU concluded an important exercise to better identify its foreign policy interests and how to pursue them, resulting in a document: the EU Global Strategy (EUGS). Among other things, the EU sought to clarify its level of ambition, and relations with great and emerging powers. Following the election of Donald Trump, the growing Chinese foreign policy assertiveness and economic offensive, and the continuously difficult relations with Russia, this debate remains essential. There is more than ever a need to think strategically about the EU’s role in the world and relations with strategic partners.

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Trump First

By Sven Biscop (29-05-2017)

In Commentaries

America first, or Trump first? For us Europeans it should in any case be Europe first. read more…

The European Union is exaggerating in its demands for Brexit, especially about the European Court of Justice’s future role

By Franklin Dehousse (29-05-2017)

In Commentaries

« Brexit means Brexit ». So said Theresa May post referendum 2016. She took some time to discover what her words meant. One cannot be in and out the single market, or the customs union, or participate to the agreeable elements while read more…