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Policy Brief: The EU can overcome strategic deficits in and around Syria

Since 2015, more than one million Syrians have fled their country for Europe. In order to facilitate their voluntary return, a safe and secure environment grounded in a functioning rule of law must first be established in Syria. In targeting this goal, the EU and its member states should combine their foreign policy instruments and examine carefully the details of Russian, Turkish, Iranian, Saudi Arabian, U.S. and Israeli policies toward Syria. In a new policy brief, individual country experts explain how each of these key states operate in the Middle East and identify which interests Europe can assert – and how.

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Commentary: Ukraine as a European oasis of prosperity – Vasyl Holoborodko’s vision proved convincing

More than two-thirds of Ukraine’s voters believe Volodymyr Zelensky can put the country squarely on the path to becoming a modern state – just like Vasyl Holoborodko, the admirable history teacher and recently elected president in Zelensky’s TV series “Servant of the People” did.  

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Stakeholder Dialogue: Tunisian DCFTA negotiation team meeting in Georgia to share experiences

On DATE, in advance of the fourth round of negotiations on a free trade agreement and deeper economic integration between the EU and Tunisia, 12 representatives of the Tunisian negotiating team and their chairwoman convened in the South Caucasus. The objective of the meeting was to learn more about Georgia’s experience with the EU free trade zone.

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Conference: Assessing Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Results Since the Euromaidan

Five years ago, at the Euromaidan and several other Maidans across the country, the people of the sovereign state of Ukraine impressively demonstrated their decision in favour of a future of European values, fundamental rights and the rule of law. Fighting corruption has been one of the driving powers of the Revolution of Dignity and, according to opinion polls in the run up to the upcoming election, remains a priority for Ukrainians.

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Exclusive Interview with Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib: Learnings from 25 years of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

On September 13, 1993, Israelis and Palestinians started a peace process while concluding an agreement of mutual understanding known as the Oslo Accords. 25 years later, two think tank veterans – Israeli Yossi Alpher and Palestinian Ghassan Khatib – share their experiences and learnings for the future of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Bertelsmann Stiftung`s Middle East expert, Christian Hanelt.

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Commentary: Warning signs from Moldova – It’s time to rethink the EU Neighborhood Policy

On February 24th, the citizens of Moldova went to the polls to elect their new parliament. The fact that key monitoring reports took longer than usual to be delivered, shows just how much is at stake. Whether observers deem the election to have been free and fair will have a considerable impact on the future of this small country in the EU’s neighborhood, and on Europe as a whole.

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Interview with Denis Cenusa: Moldova – Giving in to Oligarchs or Fighting for Values and Democracy?

Denis Cenusa is a political scientist from Moldova. He is affiliated to the independent Moldovan Think-Tank “Expert-Grup” and a weekly contributor to the “Info-Prim” Moldovan News Agency. Currently, he works as a researcher at Justus Liebig University in Giessen.

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Analysis: Opponent or partner? The EU and the neighbours of their neighbours

Political decisions taken by Russia, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia have a direct impact on stability and prosperity in the neighborhood of the European Union and on the EU itself. In a new project activity focusing on the EU’s neighbours and initiated by Bertelsmann Stiftung, country experts are analyzing the interests of these "key states," as well as the goals of their policies and interdependencies among themselves and with the EU.

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Conference: Tunisia and Eastern Europe: Peer Learning in Reform Policymaking

Tunisia is negotiating for more integration with Brussels. Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova see closer economic and legal ties to the EU as an opportunity to advance structural reforms in their respective countries. Engaging with each other in direct discussion over these issues has highlighted the different paths forward. 

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Comment: Understanding Russia is not the same thing as accepting Russia

At the beginning of the 2018 World Cup, the Bertelsmann Stiftung hosted a visitor from Moscow. Speaking on 20 June in Berlin, historian and journalist Irina Scherbakowa provided valuable insight into the current situation in her country.

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Twelve Stars: Online Debate on the Future of the EU

Together with the "Twelve Stars" project the Bertelsmann Stiftung is initiating a pan-European online debate starting 18 May. The project aims to bring together leading EU experts and academics with citizens from across Europe to jointly discuss the most urgent questions about the future of Europe.

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Brief Overview: Seven Years of Syrian Civil War

In March the conflict entered its eighth year of war. It began in 2011 with social and political protests, escalated into a civil war and developed into a proxy war of various actors. Among them, crucial are Iran, Russia, Turkey and increasingly Israel and the United States. Half of the Syrian population have either fled abroad or been displaced within the country.

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Commentary: The Sporty Way to Spur Nationalism – Soccer World Cup as a Political Tool

Sports and its mega events have become a tool of government policy in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Sports policy is an essential part of strategies that borrow heavily from the Soviet past. A commentary by Miriam Kosmehl and Richard Arnold.

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Commentary: Putin before his Re-election - Increasing the Dose of Nationalism

In Russia, there is no doubt as to Vladimir Putin's re-election next Sunday. A high turnout, however, is doubtful. The only serious challenger, Alexei Navalny, who is not admitted as a candidate, is calling for an election boycott. Putin is mobilizing by demonstrating Russia's military clout. A commentary by our Senior Expert for Eastern Europe, Miriam Kosmehl.

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Commentary : Kurdish Referendum Causes Turbulences in the Middle East

New turbulence is gripping the war-torn Middle East. With an overwhelming majority, the Kurds in northern Iraq have voted for state independence. They are also calling for the payment of wages for the nearby victory over the “Islamic State”. The “yes” vote is highly symbolic, but not binding. Now the crucial issue is: in what form will the result play out politically? Nevertheless, Baghdad, Tehran, and Ankara have announced their Opposition.

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Event: Securing a Good Neighbourhood in the South and East

Civil war in Syria, Libya and Eastern Ukraine, major economic and social problems in the North African states: Europe is currently surrounded by crises and conflicts. What can the "European Neighbourhood Policy" do here? We discussed this with a group of experts, including the foreign ministers of Estonia and Malta, in Berlin on 14 July.

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Publication: Benefits and Costs of the DCFTA

 What are benefits and costs of the free-trade agreements (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine? And what has to happen so that their potential can be more beneficial?

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Commentary: The Implications of Brexit for the EU

The UK´s decision to leave the EU defines a watershed moment in the history of European integration. For the first time a country will quit his EU membership. How should the EU react? Can the European integration project, as we know it, survive?

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Study : The EU Deal to Avoid Brexit: Take It or Leave

At the European Council summit of February 18-19 a “New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union" was reached. The agreement marks a watershed in acknowledging that EU integration is not a one-directional process of ‘ever closer Union’. Different paths of integration are now open to member states that do not compel them towards a common destination.

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EU Reform: Will Cameron Get What he Wants?

What next for the EU and Great Britain? European think tanks have simulated possible outcomes of future negotiations with London about EU reforms.

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Strategy Paper: Tunisia Needs a Security Package

The assassination of tourists in Sousse is a call: Tunisia needs European help in implementing democracy and market economy as well as speedy and robust support in building up its security sector. 

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Conference: A New Departure for the European Union

Is the new-look EU capable of making a fresh start? What are the political challenges for 2015? How can the EU stabilize relations with its neighbors? These issues were the focus of this year’s “Brussels Think Tank Dialogue”.