Foreign Policy Strategy of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute

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The beginning of the end of the EU-Russia geopolitical gas drama

By Nolan Theisen. Photo: Flickr|Bilfinger SE, licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0.
14. Feb 2017  |  Energy, European Union

After years of mostly unrivaled gas market dominance and segmentation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the energy relationship between Gazprom and the region is gradually equalizing thanks to successful market liberalization and integration in Europe. Greater diversification has exposed Gazprom to competition, forcing it to adjust its pricing mechanisms and revise its export strategy to maintain market share. Evidence of this can be found just last year, when Gazprom recorded its highest volume of exports to Europe ever.

Cracks Appearing

By Milan Nič. Photo: Reuters|Laszlo Balogh.
25. Jan 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Central Europe

Viktor Orbán has been in preaching mode recently. Hungary’s prime minister no longer complains about Germany’s “moral imperialism,” as he did at the peak of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. He now enthusiastically frames 2017 as “a year of revolt” within the EU: He sees the upcoming series of crucial elections in Western European countries as a great opportunity to get rid of their old political elites, hoping for an end to the liberal order in Europe – and for a greater role for a new elite, one in tune with his ideas.

Security in Europe from a Visegrad viewpoint

On December 9th, GPI Research Fellow Tomáš A.

GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative discussed in Brussels

December 1, 2016 saw the presentation of the GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative (GIRI) report Reforming Tran

Slovakia, the Visegrad Group and Brexit: Charity Should Begin at Home

By Public Relations. PhotolRUSI website.

Dr Jonathan Eyal the International Director of the Royal United Services Institute wrote a commentary with extensive quotes from GLOBSEC Trends public opinion polls titled-  

Can the V4 take the lead in the EU’s digital agenda?

15. Nov 2016  |  European Union  |  Event reports
The eighth meeting of an informal V4 MEP Caucus jointly organized by the Bratislava-based Globsec Policy Institute, Aspen Institute Prague and Res Publica Warsaw took place on Monday 14 November 2016 in Brussels. MEPs participating in the dinner included Michał Boni (Poland), Zdzisław Krasnodębski (Poland), György Schöpflin (Hungary), Vladimír Maňka (Slovakia), Olga Sehnalová (Czech Republic) and Dita Charanzová (Czech Republic).

Transnational meeting of the Slovak and German Reflection Groups

15. Nov 2016  |  European Union  |  Event reports

On 27th-28th of October 2016 a meeting of Slovak and German national reflection groups took place in Bratislava within the project New Pact for Europe.

Former spy chiefs call for EU-US intelligence hub

Andrew Rettman from the EUobserver interviews August Hanning, the former head of Germany’s BND intelligence services about the GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative (GIRI)

Flexible solidarity on migration – what can we expect from Visegrad?

By Milan Nič and Alena Kudzko. Photo: Frontex
27. Oct 2016  |  European Union  |  Central Europe, Migration

With the number of migrants and refugees knocking on Europe’s door relatively contained, there is now a sense of relief at the EU political level. This fact was demonstrated at the recent European Council of 20-21 October 2016, which was dominated by other relevant issues, including the trade deal with Canada, itself marked by the threatened veto from Wallonia, and a debate on relations with Russia. An extended debate on the EU’s strategy on migration also took place at the summit but no new decisions were taken.