European foreign policies

Walk the talk: The EU needs an effective early warning system to prevent conflict and promote peace

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The EU needs a more effective early warning and response system in order to match its global ambitions in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. This paper identifies key constraints and suggests ways to overcome them.


Europe's challenge is to shake-off inertia before it becomes paralysis

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It seems that only when external challenges are really serious do EU governments overcome their squabbles and unite. Now, the EU faces the tough challenge of how to respond to its relative decline and the rise of Asia in a ‘post-Western world. Will member states ‘convergence-in-adversity’?


EU Blending Facilities: Implications for Future Governance Options

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This study by the European Think Tanks Group – FRIDE, DIE, ECDPM and ODI – offers an independent contribution to the European Union’s internal discussions on its future mechanisms for the complementary use of grants and loans (blending). It reviews the existing EU blending mechanisms, comparing their different governance arrangements, drawing lessons from each, and considers the pros and cons of possible future governance options for blending operations.


Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2011. After the crisis

By Publicaciones FRIDE (03/01/2011) Book

2010 was a turbulent year for the European Union's foreign policy. What are the prospects for 2011? Can we expect a calmer period of recuperation and rebuilding in Europe’s external relations? Or are there even more serious and disquieting challenges over the horizon? FRIDE looks forward and presents the ten most important challenges for the EU in 2011.


Coordination among cooperation actors in Spain: key to the division of labour and aid efficiency

On 11th November took place the Working Breakfast on aid effectiveness and coordination among Spanish cooperation actors


Europe's decline and fall

By Richard Youngs (29/11/2010) Book

The Lisbon Treaty celebrates its first birthday. While Brussels has immersed itself in seemingly arcane debates over institutional fine-tuning, the scales of global power have tipped decisively against the European Union. In a rush to deal with decline, European governments err in defensively abandoning many of the EU's supposedly core values. So, what do we do about it?


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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

FRIDE ceased its think tank activities on 31st December 2015 for economic reasons. The Board of Trustees had to take this difficult decision since, despite many efforts to diversify its funding sources, FRIDE cannot sustain its think tank operations with a view to 2016 and beyond.

Established in 1999, FRIDE has made a major contribution to shape debate on Europe’s external activities in an increasingly challenging international environment. It has covered issues ranging from democracy and human rights to sustainable development, new approaches to multilateral cooperation and security affairs. FRIDE’s long-standing focus on the extended neighbourhood of the European Union proves today all the more relevant given widespread turbulence in the region. FRIDE’s emphasis on the importance of the values framing Europe’s external activities is central to current political debates in Europe and beyond. This shows the need for continued engagement in the pursuit of a common European foreign policy that is both effective and informed by the core values of European integration.

The Board wishes to thank Diego Hidalgo, FRIDE’s founder, for his tireless commitment and very generous support for many years. The Board also wishes to thank FRIDE’s dedicated staff, the members of the Board and the Advisory Committee for their contribution in making FRIDE one of the top foreign policy think tanks in Europe. We are very grateful to all those who have supported FRIDE’s work and projects over the years and we thank the many partners from all parts of the world who have worked with FRIDE on joint initiatives. We hope that FRIDE’s extensive input to the debate on Europe in the world will continue to inform thinking and action at a very critical time for Europe’s future.

The President of the Board


FRIDE cesó sus actividades como think tank el 31 de diciembre de 2015 por razones económicas. El Patronato tuvo que adoptar esta difícil decisión dado que, a pesar de los intensos esfuerzos realizados para diversificar sus fuentes de financiación, FRIDE no puede sostener sus operaciones como think tank a partir de 2016.

Establecido en 1999, FRIDE ha realizado una gran contribución al debate sobre las actividades exteriores de Europa en un ambiente internacional cada vez más complejo. Ha trabajado en temas que van desde la democracia y los derechos humanos al desarrollo sostenible, los nuevos enfoques en la cooperación multilateral y las cuestiones de seguridad. La atención prestada por FRIDE a la vecindad extendida de la Unión Europea durante mucho tiempo prueba ser hoy aún más relevante debido a la turbulencia que azota a la región. El énfasis de FRIDE en la importancia de los valores que enmarcan las actividades exteriores europeas es central en los debates en Europa y más allá. Esto muestra la necesidad de un compromiso continuo con la búsqueda de una política exterior europea común que sea eficaz y esté basada en los principios fundamentales de la integración europea.

El Patronato desea agradecer a Diego Hidalgo, fundador de FRIDE, por su incansable compromiso y muy generoso apoyo a lo largo de tantos años. También quiere expresar su gratitud a la dedicada plantilla, a los propios miembros del Patronato y del Comité Asesor por sus contribuciones para hacer de FRIDE uno de los principales think tanks de Europa en cuestiones de política exterior. Estamos muy agradecidos con todos aquellos que han apoyado el trabajo y los proyectos de FRIDE a través de los años y también damos las gracias a los numerosos socios de todas partes del mundo que han colaborado con FRIDE en iniciativas conjuntas. Esperamos que las extensas aportaciones de FRIDE al debate sobre Europa en el mundo continuará informando el pensamiento y la acción en un momento muy crítico para el futuro de Europa.

El Presidente del Patronato

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