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How to campaign for European elections in 2019

“We all know that it is our political party that can bring forward our continent”, Dara Murphy, EPP Vice-President and Election Campaign Director, declared at the dinner roundtable “Friends of Parliament” in the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Under the heading “How to campaign for European elections 2019” Murphy presented the election campaign the EPP will be pursuing over the next 15 months. He called for EPP policy leaders to aim for clear messaging and greater EU-wide focus in the elections. more…

Oliver Morwinsky, Dr. Hardy Ostry | Event Reports | March 26, 2018

Cross-party cooperation within the EPP

The Russian Factor

"We underestimated Russia politically and overestimated Russia economical-ly", stated Prof. Lien Verpoest, Director of the Centre for Russian Studies at the KU Leuven, during a workshop jointly organized by the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the KU Leuven. Under the heading “Cross-party cooperation within the EPP: The Russian Factor”, European policy makers and academic representatives came together at KADOC in Leuven in order to discuss the potential Russian influence on political agendas in the region. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry, Oliver Morwinsky | Event Reports | March 16, 2018

Let's talk about security with MEP David McAllister

The European Union (EU) has to face numerous challenges in foreign affairs. International terrorism is on the rise, countries like Russia and China attract a lot of attention not only due to their economic and diplomatic influence in Europe, but especially due to their increasing military activity, and the EU has to fear worsening relations with its longstanding partner, the United States of America, if Trump fulfills his mission statement “America first”. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry, Johanna Fleger | Event Reports | March 6, 2018

"Repair the roof while the sun is shining."

European Summit of the 14/15th December 2017

"We started repairing our roof. But we have to finish this job (...) as long as the sun is shining, " EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said this in his State of the Union speech in Strasbourg this year. The last European Council summit of the year on 14 and 15 December 2017 was under this star. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry, Johanna Fleger, Oliver Morwinsky, Mathias Koch | Country Reports | December 18, 2017

The Vth AU-EU summit: a turning point for relations between Africa and Europe?

On 29th and 30th of November 2017 the 5th AU-EU Summit took place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 16 of the 28 EU Member States attended the summit, amongst them the German Chancellor Angela Merkel und French President Emmanuel Macron. For both countries Africa stands high on the political agenda, and the ad hoc initiative undertaken at the summit to address the modern slave trade in Libya highlights the joint concern but also the renewed Franco-German partner- and leadership. more…

Andrea Ellen Ostheimer | Country Reports | December 5, 2017