"The crisis of the Post-Cold War European order

The crisis of the Post-Cold War European order

By Ivan Krastev

A policy of engagement defined as a focus on national interest, and a radical turn from value-based foreign policy to nineteenth century Realpolitik, is not a workable option for relations between Russia and the West, writes Ivan Krastev.

MAIN FOCUS: A European answer | 02/09/2008

The EU heads of state and government yesterday agreed on a joint response to the Caucasus crisis at a special summit in Brussels. Europe’s press discusses the result.

Realism about Russia


Russia’s strategy to revise the post-Soviet order in what it calls its “near abroad” will be pursued with even more perseverance following its victory over Georgia. Europe should have no illusions about this and should begin to prepare itself. But, as the European Union ponders what to do, cold realism, not hysterical overreaction, is in order.

   CEPS Working Documents

No 300 Financial Impacts of Climate Change: Implications for the EU Budget, Arno Behrens, Jorge N??ez Ferrer & Christian Egenhofer, 25-Aug-2008

   CEPS Policy Briefs

No 168 Al Qaeda in the West as a Youth Movement: The Power of a Narrative, Olivier Roy, 28-Aug-2008
No 167 Post-Mortem on Europe?s First War of the 21st Century, Michael Emerson, 27-Aug-2008
No 166 Essential Steps for the European Union after the ?No? Votes in France, the Netherlands & Ireland , John Temple Lang & Eamonn Gallagher, 26-Aug-2008
No 165 Is Social Europe Fit for Globalisation?, Iain Begg, Juraj Draxler & J?rgen Mortensen, 07-Aug-2008

   ENEPRI Research Reports

No 57 Social Exclusion of the Elderly: A Comparative Study of EU Member States, Gerda Jehoel-Gijsbers and Cok Vrooman, 02-Sep-2008
No 59 Gender Difference in Retirement Income and Pension Policy ? Simulating the Effects of Various DB and DC Schemes, Michele Belloni and Elsa Fornero, 25-Aug-2008


No 11 Reinforcing the Surveillance of EU Borders: The Future Development of FRONTEX and EUROSUR, Julien Jeandesboz, 19-Aug-2008

   CEPS Commentaries

The crisis, one year on, Karel Lannoo, 07-Aug-2008

   ECMI Commentaries

No 19 Commodity Derivatives Markets: Regulators? leap in the dark?, Piero Cinquegrana, 29-Aug-2008

Interview: Europe and US ‘misguided’ on Russia

While Georgia and Russia are the first to blame for the conflict, the United States and Europe must also bear some responsibility, according to Thomas Gomart of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), who spoke to EurActiv in an interview.

Debate on EU social agen
da becomes political campaign

Reactions to the EU’s new social package were split as the Commission presented it to MEPs yesterday (2 September), with many voicing their support but critical that it is not far-reaching enough. Meanwhile, Socialist leader Martin Schulz used the opportunity to open the election campaign against the political right, who would lead Europe in the "wrong direction".

Presidency trio seek progress on Treaty

Strengthening the role of Europe is a primary objective of the current French and the future Czech and Swedish presidencies, their representatives stated, presenting the updated priorities of "the trio of presidencies" in the European Parliament on 2 September.

The EU, Russia and Georgia: Round and round in circles

By nosemonkey on South Ossetia

So, where are we after the EU’s summit on the Georgia crisis? Exactly where we were before the summit.

A few vague tutting sounds in the general direction of Russia, a bit of hyperbole (Hans-Gert Pottering, who should know better, calling the Georgia crisis the worst threat to security we’ve seen since the end of the Cold War), a few vague attempts to blame the EU’s lack of success on the failure to ratify the Lisbon Treaty (rather than, erm… seeing the failure to ratify the Lisbon Treaty as a symptom of the same one-size-fits-all malaise), and little in the way of concrete proposals for how – or if – the EU’s eastern neighbourhood policy should really shift to prevent such situations happening again. (Yes, there are plans in place to strengthen the EU’s ties to its eastern neighbours – but these are nothing new, having been agreed back in June).

The Arab-Israeli conflict: France’s dashed hopes

By Centre for European Reform

by Clara Marina O’Donnell

During a trip to Israel in August, the only optimists I met were French diplomats. The reason for their upbeat mood? Ambitious plans by President Sarkozy for the EU to advance the Middle East peace process – including a controversial proposal that the EU should take the lead in creating an international peacekeeping force which could replace the Israeli army in the West Bank as part of a peace deal. But in the current inauspicious environment, can France, which currently holds the EU presidency, really help to move things forward and allow the EU to play a bigger role in the peace process?

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