Independent or short-sighted? The CAI and its geopolitical implications

By Robin Vandendriessche On the 30th of December 2020, just three weeks before President Biden’s inauguration and on the second last day of Germany’s presidency of the Council, the EU and China concluded in principle the negotiations on the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). Negotiations have lasted for nearly seven years but gained considerable momentumContinue reading “Independent or short-sighted? The CAI and its geopolitical implications”

Geopolitics’ turn again: Covid-19 edition

By Mary Karnachoritou Henry Kissinger the well awarded American diplomat spoke of the “Post corona-virus world order” However prejudicial Covid-19 has been, not all countries came through as losers. In fact, the pandemic constituted a unique chance for international players and coalitions to re-negotiate their status. Crises- from the Greek word “Krisis” meaning “the decisiveContinue reading “Geopolitics’ turn again: Covid-19 edition”

The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investments: What’s in it for China?

By Veronica Burgstaller On 30 December 2020, the Comprehensive Agreement on Investments (CAI) was concluded in principle between the EU and China, marking the most ambitious agreement China has ever concluded with a third country and replacing the bilateral treaties it had previously with 26 EU member states (except Ireland). The agreement, after 7 yearsContinue reading “The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investments: What’s in it for China?”