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EU strategy and foreign policy

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…

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

NATO: (Re)Acting in an era of transition



Registration and Light Breakfast

Welcome by Partners
Dr. Ian Lesser, Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Amb. Marc Otte, Director General, Egmont Royal Institute
Prof. Fabrizio Luciolli, President, Atlantic Treaty Association read more…

New Pact for Europe – National Report of Belgium. Belgium and the EU : matching rhetoric and commitment

By Alexander Mattelaer (09-05-2017)

In Other publications

This is the first in a series of National Reports to be published as part of the new phase of the New Pact for Europe project. As a founding member state that sits at the crossroads of European cultures, Belgium has persistently advocated European cohesion and sought to act as a bridge-builder within the EU. This position is increasingly under pressure, read more…

Sharing the burden of keeping Europe whole, free and at peace

By Alexander Mattelaer (05-05-2017)

In Other publications

« Measuring fair burden-sharing is more complicated than it seems,” says Alexander Mattelaer. He takes a closer look at this issue, which is a hot topic of debate in the run up to the meeting of Allied leaders on 25 May in Brussels. read more…

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Allies, partners and rivals – And European strategic autonomy

Workshop on invitation only

For the celebration of Egmont Institute’s 70th Anniversary, the Europe in the World Programme is holding a workshop :

Allies, Partners and Rivals – And European Strategic Autonomy read more…

Maritime Security: Belgium’s interests and options

By Various authors (27-04-2017)

In Other publications

As a trading nation with a strong maritime tradition (half of its trade is seaborne), a self-styled champion of regional integration, a proponent of the rule of law, and a pioneer in naval “pooling and sharing” practices, read more…

Leaving the beaten track? The EU regulation on conflict minerals

By Jeroen Cuvelier (25-04-2017)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Since the end of the 1990s, natural resources have gathered growing attention as part of efforts to resolve enduring armed conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. This policy brief discusses the drafting process of the EU regulation on conflict minerals and argues that is especially important from a symbolic point of view. read more…

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Launch of the NPE Belgium National Report. Belgium and the EU : matching rhetoric and commitment

Conference from 17:30 - 19:00 (Registration from 17:00)

Egmont – Institute for International Relations – is hosting a special event to present its contribution to the project New Pact for Europe. This project gathers several think tanks among 10 EU countries to discuss European Union’s future and current challenges. It was launched in 2013 by the King Baudouin Foundation and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and supported by a large transnational consortium including the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), 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…