European foreign policies

Spanish foreign policy monitor: January-March 2014

By Alejandro Barón (12/05/2014) Policy Brief

2014 could be key for overhauling Spanish foreign policy. Key developments in the first three months of the year include the approval of the so-called Law Margallo, first of its kind in Spain and which fills a normative and organisational vacuum; Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s visit to the United States and Minister Margallo’s tour around Southeast Asia; the crisis between Spanish company Sacyr and the Government of Panama; and the Spanish government’s attempt to recover political influence in Brussels by advertising the country’s economic recovery.

Spanish foreign policy monitor: October-December 2013

By Alejandro Barón (29/01/2014) Policy Brief

In the last quarter of 2013, Spanish foreign policy was marked by five main issues: Gibraltar; US espionage; the Ibero-American Summits; the difficult balance between commercial expansion and foreign policy; and the so-called ‘Catalan’ question.

Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2014: The EU’s extended neighbourhood

At the start of each year, the FRIDE team looks at the challenges likely to dominate European foreign policy in the following twelve months. With a view to 2014, we target the developments taking place in the increasingly volatile extended neighbourhood of the European Union (EU). The new FRIDE annual publication calls for a paradigm shift in the EU’s approach to the neighbourhood, building on a broader definition of its geographic scope and focusing on the political and security trends connecting different regions. It also looks at the foreign policies of pivotal regional actors such as Iran, Russia and Turkey and at the projection of external powers in the regions surrounding Europe.

Fresh start or more of the same? Defence policy at the December EU summit

By Daniel Keohane (12/12/2013) Policy Brief
WO Herbert Pendl/EUFOR

EU heads-of-government are expected to discuss their military cooperation at their summit next week, and their challenge will be to provide a fresh start for European defence rather than more of the same. European taxpayers deserve a better return on their almost €200 billion investment in European defence each year; and if they wish to have influence on global affairs, Europeans are condemned to cooperate on military matters.

Empowering Europe’s Future: Governance, Power and Options for the EU in a Changing World

The European Commission, at the request of an EU inter-institutional task force, commissioned Chatham House and FRIDE to produce a report analysing trends in power and governance to 2030, carried out under strand 3 – Governance and Power – of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS).

Why do Europeans need armed forces?

By James Rogers (26/11/2013) Policy Brief
Martin Pettitt/Flickr

European armed forces are in a malaise, not only due to economic problems but also because of two political ones: complacency, and a misconstrued approach to using military force. These failings call for a conceptual reappraisal of the utility of European military power, and a better understanding of both the active and passive uses of armed force.

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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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