Divide and Rule Gone Wrong: China’s 17+1 members drifting towards Taiwan

By Gregory Lens The official idea behind China’s controversial China-CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries), commonly known as 17+1 club, was to strengthen ties between the PRC and Eastern European countries to appeal to the agriculture sector in a crisis-hit region of Europe where rural economies are not able to compete under the protectionist policiesContinue reading “Divide and Rule Gone Wrong: China’s 17+1 members drifting towards Taiwan”

Italy’s G20 Presidency: an opportunity for the EU?

By Ilaria Sacco 2021 has symbolized the beginning of a new era, a moment of recovery after one of the biggest crises caused by the pandemic. Covid-19 shows us that we live in  such an interdependent world, made of interconnected threats. In this world, multilateralism must be revived. This means more rapid and unique responsesContinue reading “Italy’s G20 Presidency: an opportunity for the EU?”

Hardliners in Teheran: opportunity or challenge for the JCPOA?

By Robin Vandendriessche The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear agreement is a landmark accord reached in 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany. The deal, mediated by the European Union, placed significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.Continue reading “Hardliners in Teheran: opportunity or challenge for the JCPOA?”

Putin’s Broken Promise

By Jelle Baartmans In the past few weeks, most of Europe’s attention has focused on Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his increasingly repressive measures against the Belarusian people —including but not limited to making an intra-EU Ryanair flight land in Minskunder false pretences to arrest one of the plane’s passengers. At the same time, it is worth payingContinue reading “Putin’s Broken Promise”

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”

Where Europe overflows: Russia as a colonial power

By Anna Woudstra Pardoen One often tends to forget that Russia, in whatever iteration of its existence it was in, has been a colonial empire. Whereas other colonial powers journeyed overseas to find, claim and exploit new lands and territories, Russia expanded over land, northwards into the lands of the Finnic and Sami peoples, eastwardsContinue reading “Where Europe overflows: Russia as a colonial power”