The Bear's Lair

Let’s align!

Studies of the CSDP often tend to look into the institutional and operational side when analysing this policy field. However, to get a more comprehensive understanding of third-country participation with the EU, we should also look into the whole spectrum of EU foreign policy instruments these countries can affiliate themselves with. This includes so called… » read more

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(The following post was contributed by Tobias Felix Franke. Tobias holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and Masters’ degrees in Contemporary European Studies: Politics, Polity and Society from the University of Bath and in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges. He currently works… » read more

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Ready for everything

This fall two new «Battle Groups» are preparing for their six months stand-by period for the EU. Under the motto «ad omnia paratus», or «ready for everything», two thousand personnel from Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Ireland – and Norway – are gearing up for possible deployment in the spring of 2011. The EU has developed… » read more

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The following post was contributed by Line Andersen. Line is a former MA student at the College of Europe in Bruges and a former employee at the Danish permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. She will soon take up an internship position in the cabinet of Danish Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. In May… » read more

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Talks between Swiss and EU leaders have lead to a debate on Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, such as in Euractiv’s «Switzerland ponders scenarios for future EU relations» (22 July). One solution that is being put forward is that of a «Swissified» EEA agreement, the EEA agreement being the link between EU and the three… » read more

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Norway’s «gag rules»

“So, when is Norway joining the EU?” That question surely comes a Norwegian’s way quite often when studying the EU abroad. However, with two negative referendums in the bag, as well as a strong opposition against membership, it might seem distant. Nevertheless, Norwegian integration into the EU is taking place anyway without a lot of… » read more

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It has been a trying time for climate change activists. The much-publicised failure of the EU and other global actors to reach a binding agreement at the December 2009 Conference of the Parties (COP) summit in Copenhagen, allayed to the “Climategate” leaks, accusations of exaggeration and inaccuracy against UN climate bodies and the financial crisis… » read more

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