Foreign policy desk

Over the past weeks, in response to the war against Ukraine, EU foreign policy has undergone dramatic and rapid transformation. Sweeping sanctions against Russia were adopted, arms supplies to Ukraine approved and a more “robust” diplomacy was adopted. What will be the impact? Will this be the template for a new EU foreign policy? What will it mean for other conflict zones, like the Middle East, or for the EU’s relations with China and the United States?

EU Watch wants to encourage debate and provide relevant information and insight into EU decision-making. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Foreign Policy Desk. This will be a new hub for experts. Our aim is to guarantee high-level qualitative analysis while delivering information in a poignant manner: not with academic jargon, but first-hand knowledge and an open mind.

Our first activities will focus on the Persian Gulf region, in particular on Iran. Whilst major international powers, including the EU, are currently locked in critical negotiations with Iran on its nuclear programme, there has been a noticeable lack of information and discussion on the topic. EU Watch firmly believes it is essential to enhance analysis and debate because, as we have seen in recent weeks, it can be about war and peace.

Our new Foreign Policy Desk will offer information, expert briefings, reports, podcasts with decision-makers, analysts and other relevant players. We want to serve as a hub for experts from Europe and other areas to scrutinize how the European Union acts on the international stage. We will ask: What red lines does the EU impose when dealing with aggressive states? And how does it enforce these red lines? What instruments does the EU have at its disposal? And does it favour doing business over protecting its citizens against attacks?

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"The majority [of refugees from #Ukraine in European countries] are highly educated and willing to work and contribute to their host countries, but they need sustained support to help ensure socio-economic inclusion", a survey of @Refugees_EU has found.
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