Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), gave a presentation at a two-day EU Global Strategy seminar on EU’s Strategic Vision for Relations with Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood. The seminar was organised in cooperation with EUISS and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Photo: Mattias Lehtinen / FIIA
Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy
15 April 2016, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki
International crises and a leadership vacuum in Europe forced the economically strong Germany to learn how to lead the EU’s foreign and security policy and to become Europe’s new political engine. For example, Germany played a key role in the Western response to the Ukraine conflict. Berlin had to determine how to show more international responsibility, while adhering to its traditional foreign policy tenets. There is an active discussion on Germany’s unfamiliar role as a foreign policy leader and the implications for the EU’s foreign and security policy. How did Germany’s foreign policy and its role in the EU change in recent years? What are the implications for its partners in Europe and the Common Foreign and Security Policy? How can potential global ambitions in German foreign policy be reconciled with its European vocation? These and other questions were discussed in the light of current international political developments.
The seminar marked the publication of the FIIA report “Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy”, which presents the results of a trans-European research task force. The research project and this seminar have been organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Opening remarks: Teija Tiilikainen, Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Elisabeth Bauer, Head of the Office for the Baltic and the Nordic countries, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Thomas Bagger, Head of Policy Planning, German Federal Foreign Office
Niklas Helwig, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Lisbeth Aggestam, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg
Comments: Antti Kaski, Director of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Chair: Juha Jokela, Programme Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
From EU ”Poster Child” to a Dysfunctional State? Assessing the situation in Moldova
26 April 2016, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki
For a considerable period of time Moldova was perceived as a most promising candidate to play the role of a success story in the EU’s policy in the Eastern Neighbourhood. It concluded an Association Agreement with the EU and was the first country in the region to which Brussels granted the visa-free regime. Moreover, at least some hope was seen for an eventual resolution of the conflict in Transnistria. This positive picture, however, shattered when corrupt practices and the in-fighting within the ruling governmental coalition placed the country at risk of an oligarchic state capture and a protracted political crisis – if not a total state failure. The seminar arranged at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looked into the current political situation in Moldova in order to understand whether and how the European orientation of the country and its reform process could be sustained. Also, the event aimed at assessing what has gone right or wrong in the EU policy towards Moldova.
Speaker: Ryhor Nizhnikau, PhD candidate, the Skytte Institute, University of Tartu
Päivi Peltokoski, Director of Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Kristi Raik, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Chair: Arkady Moshes, Programme Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs