Political and economic prospects in the Western Balkans seemed promising in early 2000s, with countries leaning to the European Union for a prosperous future. Unfortunately, new and old Balkan problems are (re)emerging today, with political and ethnic divisions more entrenched than before due to poor economic performance, instability, corruption and lack of clear–cut prospects for the future. In the meantime, rising euroscepticism and "enlargement fatigue" in the EU have resulted into a stand–by of future enlargements.
Sluggish economic growth, elections in key countries and Brexit negotiations are set to make 2017 a crucial year for Europe. The international conference "Europe 2017: Make It or Break It?" (Rome, 24 January) tackled the main issues that might hinder the future of the European integration process and advanced proposals to overcome today’s stalemate.
Europe is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Involving religious organizations in drafting and implementing policies to tackle this issue can maximize effective delivery of services to refugees and improve their integration process in the receiving countries.
La Constitution de la cinquième République, adoptée il y a près de 60 ans, confère un rôle prééminent au Président de la République en matière de politique étrangère. Non seulement le chef de l’Etat est-il chargé de négocier et ratifier les traités, mais de surcroît, il se trouve à la tête des armées. La pratique a renforcé cette prééminence, si bien que l’action extérieure est souvent présentée comme le « domaine réservé » du Président.
Two years have passed since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won Japan’s last general elections with a landslide. Abe, so it seems, is firmly in the saddle to lead the world’s third biggest economy. To be sure, the years ahead will be testing Abe’s leadership skills. He will be confronted with an increasingly assertive China challenging Asia’s maritime territorial boundaries in the East and South China Seas and with a new U.S. President, who on the campaign trail announced to want (much) more from Japan in terms of burden–sharing for Asian security.
Donald Trump’s Republican presidential nomination and the Brexit have shocked and somehow caught by surprise the entire world. A growing sense of concern or even alarm is now spreading across Western countries and is putting traditional democratic processes to the test.
In particular, when looking at the political landscape in Europe, populism may turn out to be an unprecedented game-changer. Populists parties came to power in Poland and Hungary, they are in coalition governments in Switzerland and Finland, top the polls in France and the Netherlands, and their support is at record highs in Sweden. Not to mention the recent rise of Alternative für Deutschland in Germany and the successful story of Syriza, Podemos and of the Five Stars Movement in southern Europe.
This Report explores the rise of populism in Europe and the US by analyzing its root causes, the rationale behind its success, its impact on traditional political parties and, more broadly, on Western democracies. It also draws some policy recommendations to tackle this widespread challenge.
The Mediterranean region has always been marked by intense migration flows. Over the last few years, political instability in Middle East and North Africa countries, coupled with longstanding demographic and economic trends, have caused a sudden upsurge of migrants reaching Europe’s shores. Despite scattered shows of solidarity, however, the European response has proven slow and fragmented.
This volume offers a complete and encompassing analysis of the current state of play in terms of migration flows across the Mediterranean and policy responses by European transit and receiving countries. Attention is specifically devoted to ongoing debates about the management of mixed migration, the peculiar profile and needs of asylum seekers, migrants’ labour market access, and integration policies in Europe.
Abstract As countries participating in 'Factory Asia' grow more integrated with one another, regional trade agreements have flourished in recent years with the ultimate aim of making production networks in the region work as smoothly as possible. It is more and more important for the EU to secure good trade relations with Asia, the most dynamic area in world trade. To this end it must adopt a coherent trade strategy vis-à-vis the different Asian economies participating in regional value chains in which EU companies are significantly and increasingly involved.
Il naufragio avvenuto lo scorso 4 ottobre al largo di Lampedusa, costato la vita a 366 persone, è solo l’ultima di una serie di tragedie del mare che hanno assunto la natura di vera e propria emergenza. Uomini in fuga da situazioni di guerra e disordine cercano un approdo nella “fortezza Europa”, trovando spesso sofferenza e morte. Diventa sempre più evidente, dunque, come l’approccio europeo basato sulla mera gestione dell’emergenza non sia più sufficiente a fare fronte a una situazione sempre più problematica. Ma da dove vengono i migranti? Quali risposte hanno messo in campo, rispettivamente, Italia e Europa? Questo ISPI Dossier analizza le incognite legate alla difficoltà nel trovare una soluzione a livello europeo, cercando di mettere in evidenza le maggiori problematiche.