The Global Eye and Link Campus University launch the appeal “The existence of Europe”

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The existence of Europe – A free appeal

 

We, the European citizens are committed to the future of Europe and are living in a situation of clear disparity between the objectives and the effectiveness of the tools put in place to overcome the emergency of COVID 19.

In the absence of both solidarity and of a political agenda for Europe, we feel powerless.

Faced with the emergency of COVID 19, Europe is called to radical choices
This emergency poses a threat to the very existence of “our” Union.

Together with the health dimension of COVID 19, there are deep social and economic consequences that necessitate a joint response.

Time has come to show clarity and consistency in the behavior of all European institutions and of their representatives. In such a dramatic moment, we, the European citizens, cannot accept delays, contradictions in the decision-making process and a lack of public statements.

We stand by the position recently expressed by the Italian President Sergio Mattarella and by other European Heads of State.

The political dream of Europe, immortalized in the actions of the Founding Fathers, is at risk of being shattered by the European institutions’ lack of action and by the Member States’ refusal to create a common front to tackle the current crisis.

All European institutions, as the voices of the European people, are called to a common responsibility. As such, we really appreciate the European Commission’s pronouncement on the suspension of the European Stability Pact.

This free appeal, extended to all of those who care about the common destiny of Europe, attempts to give a strong signal of  concern which can be accompanied by sectoral debates and in-depth analyzes.

The emergency that all of us are experiencing cannot be a source of separation. Instead, it must produce a clear turning point to rethink what it means to be a “European”. Politicians, together with men and women of culture and science, must act promptly.

The existence of Europe as a “community”, as well as the social cohesion of its countries, are at stake. Since the European states cannot win alone, only a European dimension can overcome this critical moment and, above all, transmit positive and common messages for the future, together with a clear and shared plan to relaunch our economies and restore sustainable relations between the European Institutions, the Member States and us the people.

The danger lies in a gap between our conscience of citizens and Institutions acting as standing above us.

The approach declared by the new Commission after the recent European elections, as well as intentions expressed by some Governments, seems to go in the right direction.

Ultimately, effective action is needed.

Aware that appeals are not enough, convinced of our ideas, we are collecting proactive contributions that can give the sense of our positions and that will be published as they become available.

Market Crash, Coronavirus, Oil Price Collapse, Where Do We Go? (Institut Montaigne)

This was a really awful black Monday by any historical yardstick. On March 9, global equities plunged, triggering circuit breakers even in the most liquid markets. At market close, the S&P 500 index had lost 19% from its recent peak (19 February). This steep decline was set off by a collapse of crude oil markets, as the news of Saudi Arabia and Russia launching a war for global market share reached trading desks.

https://www.institutmontaigne.org/en/blog/market-crash-coronavirus-oil-price-collapse-where-do-we-go

Eric Chaney

The Battle of Idlib: A New Migrant Crisis or a Major Geopolitical Moment? (Institut Montaigne)

On February 24, a squadron of Russian and Syrian fighters hit a position occupied by the Turkish army in the Idlib region, killing 33 Turkish soldiers. The Russians later explained that the Turks, who had come as reinforcements to resist the Assad regime’s offensive targeting the last rebel-held enclave, had not reported their presence. Their location would have also been indistinguishable from positions held by jihadist groups.

https://www.institutmontaigne.org/en/blog/battle-idlib-new-migrant-crisis-or-major-geopolitical-moment

Michel Duclos

China and the UN System – the Case of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Institut Montaigne)

The secret vote for the Director post at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has handed China a crushing defeat, with an official from Singapore winning by 55-28 against China’s candidate, a long-time UN civil servant in the agency.

https://www.institutmontaigne.org/en/blog/china-and-un-system-case-world-intellectual-property-organization

François Godement

The Brexit Revolution. New Political Conditions Change the Dynamics of the Next Phase of EU‑UK Negotiations (SWP)

Following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the Brexit negotiations are entering the decisive next phase: In a transition period of now only 10 months, the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom with regard to economic, internal security, and foreign policy as well as an overall institu­tional framework must be negotiated. But the signs point to confrontation. The main aim of the domestically strengthened British government is absolute dissociation from the EU; the list with potential points of conflict with the Union’s negotiation objectives is long. Together, the negotiators must find a new model of cooperation between partnership and competition.

https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/the-brexit-revolution/

Nicolai von Ondarza

Three Centuries of Eurasian Experiment in Russia (Valdai Discussion Club)

Every year, as the new semester starts, I ask my students a question – how do you identify yourselves – as Europeans, Eurasians or people of the East? Ten years ago, the students replied without hesitation that they were Europeans, but now the pause becomes increasingly longer. Next, I ask them to recall how they felt after visiting Vladivostok – if that city was European or Eastern? Without a doubt, it is a European city on the Pacific Ocean; once you cross the border with North Korea or China, you find yourself in Asia.

https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/three-centuries-of-eurasian-experiment-in-russia/

Andrey Sushentsov

EU’s Digital Strategy: Priorities and Challenges (Valdai Discussion Club)

The European Commission has published several documents on the EU’s digital strategy. These documents detail a set of norms that together constitute the information policy of the European Union. 

https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/eu-s-digital-strategy-priorities-and-challenges/

Pavel Sharikov

Who Will Pay to Rebuild Syria? (Valdai Discussion Club)

While Russia appears to have prevailed in its latest showdown with Turkey in Syria—helping Damascus to blunt Turkey’s operations around Idlib and securing an advantageous cease-fire afterward—Moscow’s longer-term strategy for Syria has become murkier after the crisis. This uncertainty is primarily due to Russia’s new oil price war with Saudi Arabia, which seems to strike at one of the pillars of Moscow’s approach by undermining the prospects for Saudi financial support for Syrian reconstruction and raises new questions about the Kremlin’s motives and objectives.

https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/who-will-pay-to-rebuild-syria/

Paul J. Saunders

Lonely Leader: How Is China Perceived by Its Eastern Neighbors? (Valdai Discussion Club)

There are few doubts that Eastern Asia’s future will largely depend on how its countries will build their relations with China, the new regional leader. Of course, in practice, as is often the case, these relations will largely be determined by specific and unpredictable political and economic circumstances. However, what kind of attitude minor Eastern Asian countries have towards the rising leader will play a major role in this process. Therefore, without exaggerating the importance of public sentiments, they should be taken into account, in particular when it comes to the states of the Korean Peninsula.

https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/lonely-leader-how-is-china-perceived/

Andrei Lankov

The Eternal Putin (Project-Syndicate)

Amid a coronavirus pandemic and looming global economic crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin has suddenly revealed how he intends to remain in power beyond 2024, when what should be his final term in office ends. In doing so, Putin seems to have bet – not incorrectly – that there is simply no one who can stop him.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/putin-2024-term-limits-reset-by-andrei-kolesnikov-2020-03

Andrei Kolesnikov is a senior fellow and Chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.