TEPSA Newsletter February 2015 Edition



"Speaking with one voice", by Prof. Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

It was the German Chancellor, Merkel, who developed initiatives to put an end to the violence in Eastern Ukraine. It was her, Merkel, and Hollande who went to Minsk and Moscow for the diplomatic talks. Who did they represent, their countries or the European Union as such? Anyway, at least initiatives were developed from the European side. That is positive.

That being said, the question of course arises why Tusk or Mogherini didn't go. Because, they respectively do represent the European Union at the highest political level (Tusk as President of the European Council) and have a mission to act at ministerial level on behalf of the European Union in foreign policy contacts with third countries and international organisations (Mogherini as High Representative).

Whereas the Commission generally speaking plays a useful role - and is also accepted by third parties - as negotiator and representative of the European Union and the Member States when Union competences are at stake (the reference here for example is to Malmström and the TTIP negotiations), the same is apparently not true when the subjects' matters essentially concern national competences. In such cases we apparently don’t trust too much the structures we have created ourselves, but prefer to designate somebody who can exercise real influence on the negotiations in question.

Is that a problem? Yes, to a certain extent it is. Because it took a while before the new functions of Permanent President of the European Council and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy were created. Now we have them, one could argue, we should also profit from them.

Now, practice shows that the new models, developed in times of peace, are in fact suited to be applied –indeed- only in times of peace. As Herman Van Rompuy has demonstrated, they are also appropriate to be practised when (serious) internal problems of the Union and/or the Member States have to be dealt with. The economic crisis is such an example. Indeed, no one has contested Van Rompuy’s capabilities not only to chair the meetings of Heads of State and Government, but also to find compromise formulas at the right time. However, when serious foreign policy and defence issues are in discussion, thus domains where essentially Member States are the competent authorities, we are looking for a heavy weight, by preference a sitting Head of State and Government, to do the job. A personality whose involvement may have a real impact also on the third parties involved in the negotiations. Like Merkel in the case of the Minsk agreement.

In this respect one may wonder whether for conflicts in (French speaking) Africa it would be Hollande to be best placed to represent the European Union during peace negotiations, or Cameron when conflicts might occur in the English speaking Western world, or Rajoy in case of problems in the Spanish speaking part of Southern America.

If that’s the way the European Union can best function when foreign policy or defence issues are at stake, so be it. At least it helps to provide the European Union with the status of a real global player. Such an evolution clearly represents a European interest.

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute

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Introducing Elcano Royal Institute

The Elcano Royal Institute is a think-tank for international and strategic studies that analyses world events and trends from a Spanish, European and global perspective. It studies Spain’s place in the world and makes all its research available to the Spanish public at large.

The Elcano Royal Institute was established in 2001 as a private foundation under the honorary presidency of the then Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, a position he continues to hold following his proclamation as King of Spain in June 2014. The Institute’s Board of Trustees comprises prominent figures linked to Spanish foreign policy and representatives of both the companies that fund the Institute and the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Defence, Education, Culture and Sports, and Economy and Competitiveness.

The Institute has a stable team of highly-qualified analysts along with a wide-ranging network of contributors and associate experts.

The main topics and geographical areas are Spanish Foreign Policy; the global economy; international terrorism; Spain’s image abroad; demography and migrations; energy and climate change; security and defence; development cooperation; and Spanish language and culture; Europe; Latin America; the Mediterranean and the Middle East; the Atlantic World; Asia-Pacific; and sub Saharan Africa.

As a forum for discussion and debate, the Institute frequently organises different types of meetings –with both individual personalities and working groups– as well as seminars, public debates and conferences. The Institute’s work is made available in a wide range of publications, all of which are accessible on its website.

• Elcano Reports and books of different formats and characteristics, some of them published periodically, such as the Elcano Global Presence Index.

• Spain’s Image Barometer (BIE), which analyses the country’s image abroad; and the Elcano Royal Institute Barometer (BRIE), an opinion survey conducted in Spain and focused on the opinions, judgements and attitudes of Spaniards on all aspects of national and international politics.

• Elcano Policy Papers, collaborative papers that focus on specific aspects of Spain’s position in the world and of current international affairs, aimed at providing ideas and recommendations to political leaders.

• Analyses of the Elcano Royal Institute (ARI), analyses of around 3,000 words on aspects of international affairs considered to be of relevance to Spanish politics.

• Working Papers (WP), longer papers of a more academic nature on topics of importance in the medium and longer terms.

• Expert Comments, brief analyses of around 1,000 words on current affairs.

• Elcano Blog, a platform for dialogue that aims to present debates on Spain’s political life, action abroad and external projection, and on international relations, to a more widely-based public.

• Revista Elcano, a bimonthly magazine including a selection of the Institute’s publications, an interview with an expert on international relations and a calendar of activities.

• Newsletter, a monthly publication with 20,000 subscribers that provides information about the main research papers released during the month, along with updates and news on the Institute’s website.Participation in international networks

• The Institute participates in 13 leading European and American international networks, including the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN), the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Think Global, Act European (TGAE), the Red Iberoamericana de Estudios Internacionales (RIBEI), the International Relations and Security Network (ISN), the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC), the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EURO-MESCO), the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), the European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS) and the European Think Tank Network on China (ETNC).


News from TEPSA Secretariat


TEPSA has a new Member Institute

In January 2015 New Bulgarian University joined TEPSA.

Welcome to our new Member Institute!

More information on New Bulgarian University here.

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TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Luxembourg, 4-5 June 2015

Luxembourg will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2015. In this context, the Centre d’études et de recherches européennes Robert Schuman, the Luxembourg TEPSA member, will organize the next TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference to be held in Luxembourg city on 4-5 June 2015. Please find the draft programme here.  

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News from TEPSA Projects


PEGASUS Final Conference, Maastricht University Campus Brussels, 27 February 2015

The PEGASUS Final Conference will take place at the Maastricht University Campus Brussels on Friday, 27 February, 2015.

In October 2012, the University of Cologne, the Charles University in Prague, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, the Maastricht University; the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) in Brussels, embarked together on a new project: PEGASUS Ph.D. The project …

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Call for Applications - THESEUS Summer School 2015 in Brussels, 22-26 June 2015

The THESEUS Summer School 2015   “Justice, Security and Liberty: Conflicting Goals?” will take place at the Fondation Universitaire, Brussels on 22-26 June 2015.

To promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans, each year the THESEUS Summer School looks for 25 excellent young professionals and researchers to discuss European challenges with high-level experts and decision makers. THESEUS is a well-established …

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PADEMIA Annual Conference to take place in Brussels, 2-3 July 2015

PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe will hold its Second Annual Conference in Brussels on 2-3 July 2014. The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance …

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes


News from CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne)

CIFE has a new President

Philippe Maystadt, former Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and former President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), was elected President of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), in Brussels on 20 January 2015. He succeeds Jean-Claude Juncker who was president of CIFE since 2005.

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News from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI)

Call for articles in UI’s English Blog, International Voices: The blog contains articles which are short, clear, well-argued pieces, making an original, relevant and thought-provoking contribution to a current affairs debate. The texts are between 500-900 words.

The Blog International Voices: http://www.ui.se/eng/blog/

For more information please contact Communications Manager Andrea Liebman: andrea.liebman@ui.se  

UI's EGS report third place in global …

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News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO is a partner on the research project “PRECARIR – The rise of the dual labour market: fighting precarious employment in the new member states through industrial relations” financed by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This project which will be implemented in 2015 and partly in 2016 is coordinated by the Dublin City University while IRMO participates as …

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News from the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland

A new Peace Centre run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs

The Executive Council of the City of Reykjavík has agreed to support the Institute of International Affairs in the establishment of a Peace Center within the University of Iceland. The Rector of the University of Iceland, Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, accepted the grant on behalf of the IIA …

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News from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Parliament has appointed new members to the FIIA Board for 2015-2019. The Board, in turn, has appointed the Scientific Advisory Council for 2015-2017.

Board appointments

In its plenary session on 18 November, Parliament appointed the following people to the FIIA Board for the term beginning on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2019: State Secretary for EU Affairs …

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News from Centre d'études européennes de Sciences Po

Call for applications: Research in Paris (deadline March 23)

“Research in Paris” is a selective program offering foreign junior researchers a postdoctoral grant, within a research unit located in Paris, for a fixed period of time from 9 to 12 months.

More information here: http://cee.sciences-po.fr/fr/actualites/1092-call-for-applications-research-in-paris-deadline-march-23.html  

Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, CEE Pr. Christopher J. Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of …

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News from the College of Europe (Natolin)

Two weeks Ph.D. Summer School, 23 June-5 July 2015 : “The ENP under Pressure: The EU and the Eastern and the Southern Neighbourhoods”, organized by the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe.

The application deadline is 10 March 2015.

The European Neighborhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study …

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News from the Institute of International Relations Prague

Introducing the new Centre for European Security

As Director Petr Kratochvíl noted when launching the Centre for European Security (CES) at the Prague Agenda Conference, the post-Cold War order and the European security landscape are changing rapidly and significantly, and the EU and its member states face new challenges at home and abroad. It is in this context that the IIR …

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Upcoming events at TEPSA Member Institutes

Upcoming event at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

At the biannual conference organized by the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) due to take place in Boston on 7 March 2015, senior researcher Tamás Novák will give a lecture focusing on comparisons between the convergence models of Eastern Europe and Latin America.

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Forthcoming event at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs


The presentation of the “European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015” will take place at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga, on 23 March 2015.

On 23 March, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs organizes the presentation of “European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015”. The Scorecard is an innovative project that provides a systematic annual assessment of Europe’s performance in dealing with the rest of the …

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Conference on “The EU and China: Reform and Governance”, 4-5 May 2015, College of Europe

On 4-5 May 2015 the EU-China Research Centre and the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe will organise a conference on “The EU and China: Reform and Governance”. The conference will be hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (4 May 2015) and the European Parliament (5 May 2015) in Brussels. …

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20th Annual Conference on “Security architecture in the CEE: present threats and prospects for cooperation”, 25-26 September 2015, Central European Political Science Association, Vilnius

On 25-26 September 2015, the Central European Political Science Association in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) and the Lithuanian Political Science Association will host a major conference in Vilnius, entitled Security architecture in the CEE: present threats and prospects for cooperation. The conference will be organized with the aim to mark the remarkable transition of …

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Past events at TEPSA Member Institutes


Past events Institut für Europäische Politik (Germany)

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Peter Ptassek: “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union”

On 16 September 2014, the IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union” with Dr. Peter Ptassek, Deputy Director of the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin, Germany.  The …

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Recent activities at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability” took place at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) on 4 December 2014.

On 4 December, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with crucial support from its partners organized the Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”. It was one of the first official presidency events. The topics …

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Recent Events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

8 January 2015, Budapest: Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

At the January event vice-director of IWE, Miklós Szanyi gave an introductory lecture on the vast topic of the increased role of states in the national economy after the crisis first from a theoretical perspective and then on the example of Hungary – followed by a lively debate …

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Centre d'études européennes de Sciences Po (CEE)

The new seminar "l'Europe et le Politique" intends to promote an open discussion between political theory and empirical research on Europe. Opening seminar "Je suis Grec, taking democratic legitimacy seriously" (18 February 2015, 12:30) will see Dario Castaglione presenting his idea that, from a normative perspective, political legitimacy needs to satisfy the "conditions of politics" in modern societies. More information …

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Recent events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI)

The Seminar, “The World 2015: Challenges to EU Foreign and Security Policy” took place on 22 January 2015.

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invited a wide audience to a discussion on EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the role of the European External Action Service (EEAS), their current developments and future challenges. Discussions covered: What is the …

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Presentation on “Russia and the World: 2015 IMEMO Forecast”, 29 January 2015, Institute of International Relations, Prague

Presentation of “Russia and the World: 2015 IMEMO Forecast” was held on 29 January 2015 at the Institute of International Relations, Prague.

The Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations Prague had the pleasure of hosting Boris Frumkin and Irina Kobrinskaya, two scholars from IMEMO (the Russian Institute of World Economy and International Relations) who presented their institute’s annual forecast ‘Russia and …

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Elcano Royal Institute - Latest activities

The presentation of the Working Paper “Los latinos y las industrias culturales en español en Estados Unidos” written by Jéssica Retis and Ángel Badillo took place on 29 January 2015. It was organised by the Elcano Royal Institute with the collaboration of SEGIB. It was attended by José Ignacio Wert (Minister of Education, Culture and Sports), Emilio Lamo de Espinosa (President of the Elcano Royal …

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Publications from TEPSA Member Institutes

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Publications from Centre d’etudes européennes (Sciences Po)

Welcome to MAEurope, the European blog of Sciences Po

MAEurope is the European blog of Sciences Po, fed by the whole of the scientific comunity interessed in European matters. It stands pluridisciplinary by nature: politists, economists, jurists, historians and sociologists from Sciences Po, as well as visiting researchers will take advantage of their studies to fuel MAEurope. The editorial of the blog …

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Publications from the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Andrea, Éltető ed., Mind the Gap. Integration Experiences of the Ten Central and Eastern European Countries. Institute of World Economics, MTA KRTK, 2014, 147 p.


András Inotai, One decade of Hungary's membership in the European Union: a critical appraisal of benefits and (self-made) costs. (in German), Integration, vol. 37, no. 4. 2014, pp. 320-344.

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Publications from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI)


UI's Mark Rhinard, Björn Fägersten and Roderick Parkes write about the Paris attacks and how it highlights two specific roles for the EU: border security and social integration. Read "Is Paris a Brussels problem? The EU’s role in preventing attacks by radicals." http://www.ui.se/eng/blog/blog/2015/1/23/is-paris-a-brussels-problem-the-eus-role-in-preventing-attacks-by-radicals.aspx

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Publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik

Issue 4/2014 of ‘integration’ published In the new issue of integration, Timm Beichelt presents in his interjection contentious issues of the general assumptions of the European Neighbourhood Policy and explains how this antagonism condemns the policy to failure. Further topics of the issue are problems of the French government with finding a new European narrative in face of strengthening Euro …

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Publications from Elcano Royal Institute


Juan A. Sánchez and Juan Pizarro Miranda. How local ideas spread in English: a network analysis of think tanks on Twitter. WP 1/2015 – 22/01/2015. This paper analyses the networks of relations between think tanks in order to better understand their nature and the way they operate in a global reality. This exploratory research makes use of date collected on Twitter.

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Publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Briefing Papers

Sinikukka Saari: From stagnation to cul-de-sac? The roots and trajectory of Russia's troubles

The traditional cornerstones of the popularity of the Putin regime – stability, growing prosperity, the increased status of Russia in international affairs – seem to be rapidly eroding, which has led many observers to predict major changes in Russia in the near future.

However, there …

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Publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Andris Spruds and Diana Potjomkina (eds.), Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2015, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2015.

Freely available: http://liia.lv/en/publications/latvian-foreign-and-security-policy-yearbook-2015/

Andris Spruds and Karlis Bukovskis (eds.), Economic Diplomacy of the Baltic States, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2014.

Freely available: http://liia.lv/en/publications/economic-diplomacy-of-the-baltic-states/

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Publications from the College of Europe (Natolin)

Angelos Katsaris, The Climate Challenge in the South Mediterranean, openDemocracy, 16 January 2015.  https://opendemocracy.net/angelos-katsaris/climate-challenge-in-south-mediterranean

Irene Fernández Molina, Relaciones internacionales y políticas exteriores de los Estados norteafricanos tras el ‘despertar árabe’, in P. González del Miño (ed.), Tres años de revoluciones árabes. Procesos de cambio: repercusiones  internas y regionales, Los Libros de la Catarata, Madrid, 2014 (with M. Hernando de Larramendi)

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Publication from the College of Europe (Bruges)


Sieglinde Gstöhl and Erwan Lannon (eds), The Neighbours of the European Union's Neighbours: Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy, Farnham, Ashgate, 2014.

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Publications from the Center for the Study of Politics of the Université libre de Bruxelles

Le Centre d'étude de la vie politique de l'Université libre de Bruxelles a le plaisir de vous annoncer la parution des nouveaux ouvrages de ses chercheurs en 2014 :

Nationalisme et pouvoir en République de Moldavie 

Par Julien Danero Iglesias

Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2014,

240 pages

ISBN: 978-2-8004-1569-7

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Publications from the Institute of International Relations, Prague

Petr Kratochvíl, Von Falken und Russlandfreunden, Zeitschrift Osteuropa, Heft 9-10/2014

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Centre for European Security of the IIR, European Security Spotlight, Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations on-line series …

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New publication by Andrew Duff

Pandora, Penelope, Polity: How to Change the European Union by Andrew Duff 

In Pandora, Penelope, Polity: How to Change the European Union, leading constitutional specialist and federalist Andrew Duff lays down a detailed blueprint for reform of the EU’s constitution, to give Europe a proper government that can meet the urgent challenges it faces as a continent.

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News from outside the TEPSA network


Upcoming EIUC Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers

Launched in November 2012, the EIUC Training Seminars for International Electoral Observers (IEO) aims at introducing civilian staff to the profession of election observers and at delivering a complete theoretical and practical basic course to those willing to consider election observation as a possible professional step in their career. The Italian, Spanish and Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs welcomed this …

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