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The Euro is Saved but What About Europe?

The Euro is Saved but What About Europe?

Considering the unpredictability of fear-driven markets the eurozone is not yet out of the woods. Neverthless,  it doesn’t seem unreasonable to say that Europe has ridden out the worst of the storm. The piecemeal rescue process has not been pretty, but the sum of measures taken – the incremental build up of a firewall, the six pack, […]

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The Case for NATO in an Age of Austerity

The Case for NATO in an Age of Austerity

The budget cuts experienced by much of the Western world are predominantly viewed through the prism of job loss, shrinking pensions, and healthcare cuts. While these concerns are absolutely legitimate, the public as a whole – as opposed to a narrow group of politicians and policy experts – has not concerned itself much with the […]

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A New Direction for EU-Russia Relations?

A New Direction for EU-Russia Relations?

As Europe suffers a severe a cold snap, EU-Russian relations are experiencing a proverbial chill. The diplomatic cooling is the result of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s criticism of Putin’s democratic credentials. The sharpness of Ashton’s critique was for many a somewhat surprising, yet desirable development. Indeed, the tough stance on the state of […]

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What Does a “Leaner” US Defense Mean for Europe?

What Does a “Leaner” US Defense Mean for Europe?

In an era of austerity, US defense is facing cutbacks, or to stick with the administration’s euphemism, the US military will become “leaner”. This much is clear following the release of the latest US defense review, Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. Most would agree that defense spending cuts are only natural, […]

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A German Pact for Europe

A German Pact for Europe

Yet another euro crisis summit is over, and yet another deal has been struck. This time, the deal has taken the shape of an intergovernmental agreement. If I am not mistaken, and I may very well have lost count by now, that makes nine summits and five deals in the past 19 months. Although it […]

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The EU: 2011 In Review

The EU: 2011 In Review

Summary of 2011 For the EU, any summary of the 2011 will necessarily be dominated by the sovereign debt crisis. The crisis, starting in late 2009, seems to have no end. The past year, and the year before that, has seen a string of crisis talks resulting in an ever-increasing number of initiatives: First the […]

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Why Europeans Need More EU, But Don’t Want It

Why Europeans Need More EU, But Don’t Want It

Brussels has always had a bum rap in Europe. Brussels is that faraway place where decisions are made over the heads of people. Brussels is considered undemocratic and technocratic, and is contrasted unfavorably with the familiar closeness of national politics. In the past 40 years or so, selling the EU to the public has often […]

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FPA National Opinion Poll: German Discipline for Euro Deadbeats!

FPA National Opinion Poll: German Discipline for Euro Deadbeats!

The recent release of the FPA’s National Opinion Ballot Report once again provided valuable insights into the thoughts and opinions of informed Americans on the important foreign policy issues of the day. Among other items, the poll returned an overwhelmingly positive response to Germany’s insistence on austerity measures for the crisis stricken euro countries. By a […]

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Europe’s Musketeer Moment

Europe’s Musketeer Moment

All for one, one for all! Such is the musketeer oath logic behind a growing chorus of voices calling for an expansion of the bailout fund, launching a Eurobond, or even an outright transfer of money to debt-stricken nations. Only through debt mutualization will the euro (read the EU) be saved, say the musketeers. The […]

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Some Terrorists Are Blonde

Some Terrorists Are Blonde

As news of the horrific attack in Norway ticked in, we drew our conclusions regarding the perpetrator’s motives and background. The media were quick to point out that Norway contributes to the coalition forces in Afghanistan and Libya, and that Norwegian newspapers had reprinted the Muhammad caricatures that first appeared in the Danish daily Jyllands […]

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Defining a Role for the EEAS

Defining a Role for the EEAS

The EU’s diplomatic service, the EEAS, was from its inception placed in a difficult position. It is intended to implement policies stemming from both the nationally manned European Council and the supranational Commission. Bridging this gap has not proved an easy task, in particular at a time when the service is setting up shop, and […]

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Promoting Democracy in the Arab World: A Better European Neighbourhood Policy

Promoting Democracy in the Arab World: A Better European Neighbourhood Policy

In light of the upheavals in the Arab world, the EU’s failure to foster economic and political liberalization in the southern Mediterranean has been made obvious. In spite of the launch of the Barcelona Process (aka the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP)), in 1995, intended to foster a “secure and stable Euromed region, underpinned by sustainable development, […]

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EU Diplomacy: More than the Common Foreign and Security Policy

EU Diplomacy: More than the Common Foreign and Security Policy

EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, is not unaccustomed to criticism. A fresh wave of critique was recently dished out by the Belgium foreign minister Steven Vanackere. Ashton was attacked for her “silence” on important issues. Vanackere added that Ashton’s silence would be filled by other players (Germany, France), who Belgium would be obliged to […]

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Arab Spring Causes Europe to Rethink Schengen Agreement

Arab Spring Causes Europe to Rethink Schengen Agreement

On a backdrop of rising nationalist sentiments in Europe, the refugees of the Arab Spring have put pressure on one of the EU’s most significant achievements; the Schengen Agreement. This agreement allows unrestricted travel between Schengen’s 25 participants. The project that in a very tangible way symbolizes the idea of an integrated and united Europe […]

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What is the EU’s Plan for Enhanced Economic Governance?

What is the EU’s Plan for Enhanced Economic Governance?

As Portugal taps into the bailout fund it is time to take stock of the EU’s Euro Summit of March 11, and the March 24-25 summit, which finalized the EU’s attempts to halt the euro crisis and harmonize member state economies. The results of these summits have been hailed as a “turning point” by European […]

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Finn Maigaard
Finn Maigaard

Finn Maigaard holds an MA in history from the University of Copenhagen. As an MA student Finn focused on diplomatic history culminating in a thesis on US-Danish security cooperation in the Cold War. Finn also interned at the Hudson Institute's Political-Military Center, where he concentrated on the EU's role as a security institution, and at the World Affairs Institute as a Communications/Editorial Research Assistant. Finn currently resides in Washington, DC and works as a freelance writer, and as Program Coordinator at the University of Maryland's National Foreign Language Center.

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