Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

By Publicaciones FRIDE (01/09/2014) Book

In this report FRIDE and its partners in the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG, which includes DIE, ECDPM, FRIDE and ODI) examines the five most pressing global challenges facing the incoming European Union (EU) leadership: a fairer world economy, climate change, peace and security, democracy and human rights, and poverty and inequality. They argue that tackling these challenges is vital both for global welfare and for Europe’s own security and prosperity. The publication calls on EU leaders to recognise the interconnected nature of these global challenges and act rapidly and with determination to address them, including through a High Representative for Foreign Affairs that is responsible for all external relations including development; through commissioners that move beyond their silos to work together; and through enhanced scrutiny by the European Parliament to strengthen accountability on these issues.


The politics of regionalism and decentralisation in Ukraine

The tragedy of MH17 has put Ukraine and its Russian-supported separatist revolt in Donbas in the limelight. The current Ukrainian government holds that transferring more power from the centre to the periphery will be an essential ingredient to addressing anti-Kyiv sentiments in Donbas and dampen future calls for regional autonomy and secession. This FRIDE policy brief argues that decentralisation will not halt the separatist insurgency in Donbas, but if implemented it should help to strengthen democracy in Ukraine.


Brazil’s strategic partnerships: origins, agendas and outcomes

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Over the last 40 years Brazil has pursued strategic partnerships with a wide range of countries. It has done so to gain access to capital and technology, foster regional and inter-regional cooperation, and advance its priorities on the international stage - in particular through multilateral bodies and coalitions. These partnerships will continue to be a valuable tool for Brasilia to manage the intersections of its bilateral and multilateral engagements, reform global governance and consolidate Brazil's profile as an increasingly important global actor.


The BRICS Summit – coming of age?

By Gauri Khandekar (24/07/2014) Commentary
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The sixth BRICS Summit – bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – was held in Fortaleza, Brazil from 14-16 July. The summit marked a step change in the level of ambition of that group, and carries important implications for the future of global economic governance. The summit highlighted East-West and North-South divisions in the emerging global order, and a desire to reshape the Western-dominated global financial system. It also showed the determination of the BRICS to set up alternative forums outside of existing multilateral mechanisms - if existing bodies are not reformed to reflect the growing economic clout and priorities of the BRICS. 


Civic awakening: The impact of Euromaidan on Ukraine’s politics

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The MH17 air-crash disaster of July 17 is likely to have a severe impact on the development of the Donbas conflict in Ukraine as well as on EU-Russia relations. Written before the tragedy, this FRIDE working paper argues that the ‘Euromaidan’ protests, that occurred between December 2013 and February 2014, have provoked two fundamental changes that give grounds for cautious optimism about Ukraine’s incipient transition to democracy. First, after more than two decades of civic apathy and low impact, Ukrainian civil society seems to be on the rise. Second, state-society relations are being reconfigured, with citizens demanding greater oversight of and accountability from state institutions, and civic activists pushing for a greater role in policy-making. These new societal and political trends should be further supported by the European Union.


The EU and South Africa: towards a new partnership for development

By Lesley Masters (15/07/2014) Policy Brief
The Council of the EU

The EU-South Africa strategic partnership reflects a shift away from their traditional donor-recipient relationship.  As South Africa emerges as a donor in its own right, there is potential for greater EU-South Africa collaboration to promote development in Africa and at global level. South Africa and the EU share a common focus on Africa’s development and security, as well on poverty reduction and normative issues of human rights and governance. Such convergence offers potential for trilateral development cooperation, which has yet to be explored. However, South Africa's concerns about the impact of broader EU policies on African development and about EU commitments to shift aid away from middle income countries could be barriers to deeper engagement. 


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