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Brexit: the beginning of the end of the EU?

Europe / EUforum • Publications • 25 May 2016

Euroscepticism will grow stronger in the event of a Brexit. In that regard the referendum of 23 June is an expression of the deep crisis in which the EU is mired. And that crisis will not recede even if the British people vote to ‘remain’.

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Abandonment of the centre ground

Europe / EUforum • Publications • 25 May 2016

The Socialist and Christian Democratic parties in Austria found themselves sidelined. The populist right moved into the heart of the political system. What are the effects of this erosion of the political ‘centre’?

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Promoting peace and stability in West Africa and the Sahel

International Skills • 12 May 2016

An African wind is blowing over Clingendael; from 10 May until 3 June, experienced diplomats from West Africa and the Sahel attend a training programme on regional cooperation to promote peace and stability in their region.

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Lobbying agriculture and nature in the EU

25 May 2016 • Resources and Economy

Senior policy officers of the Agriculture and Nature department of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs practised their lobbying skills and put these into practice in Brussels at the EU-level.

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Effective EU influencing is hard work

23 May 2016 • EU Affairs

Who do I need to talk to if I want to influence EU policy in my field? What are the biggest pitfalls to avoid when lobbying the European Commission? These and more questions are addressed at the EU training courses organised by Clingendael Academy.

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Discussing democratic governance structures with Indonesian diplomats

20 May 2016 • International Skills

As part of the six-week training course ‘Indonesia in World Politics’, Clingendael welcomed the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) to discuss instruments to support democratic governance structures.

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Multi annual Defence Agreements in the Netherlands

20 May 2016 • Security and Terrorism

The manner in which Dutch Defence policy comes about should be changed. Accumulating budget cuts and a mismatch between ambitions and means make the Dutch defence organisation ache for a long term perspective. A variant of a Multi-Annual Defence Agreement might offer a solution.

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Still no tipping point for world drug problem

19 May 2016 • Security and Conflict

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (April 2016) did not produce the structural changes some were hoping for. It confirms that the debate is still too politicized, with too many actors and agendas working at cross-purposes.

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