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

By Alexander Mattelaer (09-05-2017)

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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)

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« 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

Maritime Security: Belgium’s interests and options

By Various authors (27-04-2017)

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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

Terrorism and counterterrorism in continental Europe

By Thomas Renard (21-03-2017)

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One year after the Brussels attacks, this publication reviews the major developments that have occurred in terrorism and counterterrorism in Europe in 2016. Read more

Brussels attacks one year on: More still needs to be done

By Thomas Renard (14-03-2017)

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Belgium has accomplished much since last year’s devastating terrorist attacks – the worst in its history. But the threats continue, and new security vulnerabilities are becoming apparent.

This article was first published in www.rusi.org Read more

When a rule of law protection mechanism for the EU?

By Fabian Willermain (23-02-2017)

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While the EU promotes the Rule of Law as one of its cornerstone, how can we imagine that these same principles are not respected in each of its member states ?

This article was first published in La Libre. Article only available in French. Read more

Brexit as impetus for a new Europe?

By Alexander Mattelaer (06-02-2017)

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The Brexit referendum has triggered a debate on the future of European integration. From a Belgian perspective it is necessary to consider the depth of the relationship we have with the UK, as well as the wider context in which the Brexit negotiations will unfold. All parties have an objective interest in maintaining and deepening the spirit of European Read more

A strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

By Sven Biscop (17-01-2017)

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While external and regional powers are engaged in fierce geopolitical competition in Europe’s neighbourhood, the EU itself wants to focus on building up the resilience of its neighbours. Not only is it far from clear who is to be made resilient against what where there is no more or less Read more

The armed conflict lurking in the countryside

By Gillian Mathys, Koen Vlassenroot (12-01-2017)

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The protests against Congolese President Joseph Kabila in cities like Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, only reveal part of the crisis the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently facing. In the wake of the end of the constitutional mandate for Kabila’s presidency, sporadic fighting has sprung up Read more

Europe and China’s New Silk Roads

By Alice Ekman, Frans-Paul van der Putten, John Seaman, Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Mikko Huotari (23-12-2016)

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The purpose of this report is to provide a comparative perspective of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative (OBOR), as seen from the various European Union (EU) member states. It covers the role of OBOR in the relations Read more