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Turkey and the European Union: Cooperating on Asylum and Migration, For All the Wrong Reasons

There is not much good news regarding Turkey’s relationship with the European Union. Even though opportunities for cooperation do exist (on trade and foreign policy, for instance), any attempt at rekindling the relationship seems to drown easily in tensions driven by negative domestic developments.

Turkey and the Euro-Atlantic Community: Turbulence and Ties of Interest

2014 was another year characterized by turbulence in Turkish relations with Europe and the United States. In Turkey’s neighborhood, large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory fell under the control of the Islamic State group and Russia annexed Crimea.

The Eurozone in 2014: Some Improvements, but More Must Be Done

Sometimes a figure says more than 1,000 words. The euro devaluated 9 percent against the U.S. dollar in 2014. At the beginning of that year, one had to pay $1.37 for €1. At the end of the year it was only $1.21 to €1 (and late January 2015 $1.13: €1).

The Islamic State Group and the Tragedy of the Yazidis

The recent emergence of the radical so-called Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria and its cruel exercise of power has created outrage around the world. Last year, a broad-based international coalition was created with the aim of eliminating this dangerous terrorist organization.

The Growing Transatlantic Divide on Israel

It is looking more and more as if the United States and Europe are about to go their separate ways on the best approach to Israel, the Palestinians, and the moribund peace process.

The Islamic State, Saudi Arabia, and the Recurrent Purification Impulse in the Arab World

Since last summer, the world’s attention has fixated on the so-called Islamic State and its capacity to inspire young people from Syria and Iraq to Paris to Ottawa to undertake acts of violence in their name.

Self-Inflicted Wounds: The War on Terror’s Continuing Toll on Liberal Values

The erosion of liberal principles in the course of the war on terror continued in 2014 and shows little sign of abating in 2015. Key countries in North America and Europe appeared willing to sacrifice privacy, accountability, and liberty in a quixotic search for absolute security against small-scale if horrific attacks.

Climate & Energy Politics: Brussels & Washington on the Road to Paris

The 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change, scheduled from December 2015 in Paris, looms large in climate and energy policy planning and activism on both sides of the Atlantic. Inevitably, expectations of the summit are far too high.

At Last, a European Energy Union?

2014 was a very eventful year for European energy security. In January, the European Commission (EC) launched its proposals for a new climate and renewable energy package, covering the period until 2030. The overall assessment at the time was that the package was not as unambitious as expected in light of the difficult economic state of affairs.

China’s Rise Continues

The rise of China continues unabated. In a Western world that is constantly seduced by bearish sentiment about China’s economic and political prospects — and ultimately by the idea that its rise is unsustainable — this deserves to be constantly repeated.