Ahead of the Council meeting of 14-15 December where the issue of enlargement will be at the top of the agenda, this Brief analyses the prospects for breaking the political and institutional impasse in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It argues that while the EU cannot fix the structural problems inherent to the Dayton Peace Agreement, it can incentivise enforcement of its provisions until new rules with popular legitimacy are in place.
This Brief explores how countries’ resilience to foreign information manipulation and interference can be measured, focusing specifically on the context of West Africa, a fast-growing region that is experiencing political turmoil and a geopolitical realignment.
Although the bitter and protracted conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is now over, the risk of further hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia remains high. This Brief argues that the EU should seek deeper strategic engagement in the altered geopolitical landscape as Moscow’s ability to influence developments in the region weakens.
Against the backdrop of the biggest rearmament effort in Europe since the 1950s, this Brief examines whether the EU defence industry is as fragmented as is commonly believed. It argues that new EU initiatives should focus on strengthening long-term demand for critical strategic enablers, but also on facilitating competition in defence industrial sectors where possible to promote innovation and cost control.
On 29 November, the Institute organised a seminar that brought together representatives from EU Member States, EU institutions and various experts from academia, think tanks and industry to discuss the European defence industry.
On 16 November 2023, the Countering Foreign Interference (CF) project delivered its second training, to a cohort of the Young African Leaders Programme (YALP) at the European University Institue (EUI).