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’?
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’.
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.
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.
Development is a highly complex process of social change at multiple, interrelated, levels and dimensions that may unexpectedly regress or progress in function of either accumulated change or windows of opportunity that suddenly arise. There is no area for which this is truer than the organization and delivery of security and justice in fragile societies.
What are the difficulties of prosecuting foreign terorrist fighters, and is there a role for the military in assisting prosecutors in collecting evidence and arresting suspects in countries of destination?
A stronger Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is indispensable for a secure Europe and necessary to underpin the EU’s role as a security provider. However, without credible armed forces the EU will remain a paper tiger. A CSDP White Book has to translate the Global Strategy into CSDP ambition levels, military objectives and capability needs.
If the British leave the EU after their referendum on 23 June, it will no longer be business as usual. EU leaders have signalled that if European integration is rejected, the British cannot count on continued smooth economic cooperation with the EU.
Each year on May 5th, in Wageningen the Dutch commemorate the end of World War II. Ko Colijn, general director of the Clingendael Institute, presents this year's Freedom Speech in Wageningen's church of Johannes de Doper (John the Baptist).
In international relations the costs of a misunderstanding can be extremely high. During the Cold War Moscow and the West were well aware of such risks. Their worldviews differed fundamentally, but they took great care to prevent fateful misunderstandings. Nowadays, the situation has been turned upside down.
The role of the European Parliament (EP) in economic governance is increasing. Using mostly informal mechanisms, the EP is setting in motion an incremental process towards further control. Even though the formal role of the EP is still limited, Europe’s political union seems to draw ever closer.