European foreign policies

Improving European policy towards fragile states

By Clare Castillejo (28/10/2011) Policy Brief
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The EU is not living up to its potential in fragile contexts. This is primarily because of its weak policy implementation, limited understanding of fragility and lack of political vision. The EU must identify its comparative advantages, take risks and adopt new ways of working if it is to make a difference on fragility.

Is the EU's Eastern Partnership promoting Europeanisation?

Map of Europe showing eastern partners

After more than two years of implementation, the Eastern Partnership has proved an effective tool for political dialogue and sector-based cooperation. Now that the EaP institutions are fully in operation it is pertinent to ask what has been achieved.

A European foundation for democracy: what is needed

The Council of the European Union

The developments in North Africa and the Middle East have triggered many changes in EU policies. There is a need better to distinguish between pre-transition, transition and post-transition challenges. The recently-proposed European Endowment for Democracy intends to enhance the effectiveness of democracy support.

The Trio Presidency and EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon

By Giovanni Grevi (30/06/2011) Policy Brief



There is no EU foreign policy without the engagement of EU member states and the impulse of EU bodies. The experience of the last Trio Presidency highlights the many challenges facing the common foreign and security policy of the Union.

Funding challenges for EU development policy

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What are the options for EU aid post-2013? Coinciding with the beginning of negotiations around Europe’s multi-annual financial framework, this paper sets out a series of new recommendations for European aid mechanisms.

From Lisbon to New York: The EU at the UN General Assembly

By Giovanni Grevi (20/06/2011) Policy Brief
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Through concerted engagement and a difficult compromise, the EU has overcome some reticence at the UN General Assembly and gained in May 2011 enhanced modalities for participation in the work of the UN. The challenge will be to use them well.

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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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