EU-UK: What relationship after the May 7th election?

The UK general election on May 7th is one of the most anticipated political events this year, with European capitals closely following polls and interpreting campaign rhetoric. EU membership and the basic principles thereof have been called into question by several parties and the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to re-negotiate UK membership in the EU and put this new deal to a referendum by 2017.

To discuss what this new deal would entail, experts from the UK, France, and Germany came together at an event organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Open Europe, and the French Institute of International Relations. Continue reading

Upcoming event: “What will Britain’s post-election EU policy be and how will member states react?”


16 April 2015

Venue: Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Bruxelles

 About the event

The UK general election on 7 May 2015 promises to be exciting, with a more fragmented political landscape on the horizon. Divisions no longer just concern the Labour-Conservative divide, but also national identity and EU membership.

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“Building an airplane while flying it” – or how the EEAS took off

Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroek
Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroek

In July the European External Action Service (EEAS) published the long-awaited review of its two-year existence. Frank, self-scrutinizing and with a foreword by High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton herself, the performance review is no self-flattery, but an honest assessment of the services’ achievements, shortcomings and lessons learned.

The panel, organized by FNF to give voice to both the recognition of Ashton’s achievements and the critique of EEAS’ shortcomings, was full of praise for the High Representative. Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroek MEP began her remarks by pointing out that the notion of an “EU Foreign Policy” was not envisioned by the European Communities from the outset but first mentioned in the Maastricht Treaty. Thus, we shouldn’t lose sight of just how young this idea is. She further praised Ashton, who “has accomplished a remarkable feat by setting up a functioning service in under a year.” Continue reading