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The international economic crisis: The end/last of political autonomy in Europe?

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The international economic crisis: The end/last of political autonomy in Europe?

Notes internacionals CIDOB, núm. 59

- The international economic and financial crisis has taken up residence in our time, how long it will last is unforeseeable and, above all, there is tremendous uncertainly regarding what the world will look like the day after, in what way a number of things will have changed, and I am not referring only to the economy.

- What is in play is a potential revision not only of one social service or another, or one revision or another of the economic costs based on the Social State. What is in play, in an unequal way--naturally this can vary from one country to another--is the relationship between society and politics as we have come to know it in the last five decades.

- A serious phenomenon has been developing concurrently: the growing disaffection of the citizenry toward politics, the diffuse culture of the abyss between "us" (citizens) and "them" (politicians), with the additives "they're all the same", based on well-founded arguments derived from the proliferation of cases of corruption, patronage, and revolving door policies among the elites, etc.

- How will the relationship between society and politics change, how will social interests be represented, and the cleavages that fragment all societies? The culture of fatalism is another outcome of the product known as the crisis. Is it here to stay? This would mean the end of the autonomy of politics as a form of collective action.

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Pere Vilanova, Chair in Political and Administrative Science, Universitat de Barcelona, and Senior Associate Researcher at Cidob

Date of publication: 06/2012

The conceptual architecture of Turkish foreign policy: An update in light of regional turbulence

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The conceptual architecture of Turkish foreign policy: An update in light of regional turbulence

Documentos CIDOB Mediterráneo y Oriente Medio, n.º 18

This document examines the way in which Turkish foreign policy has adapted to a turbulent regional context. The author carries out this examination by reviewing some of the concepts that are commonly used in political discourse and academic analysis on this country’s foreign policy. The lexicon of Turkey’s current foreign policy reflects the systemic changes made since the end of the Cold War, as well as the doctrinal contributions of Ahmet Davuto?lu, the current foreign affairs minister. This evolution took place at a time in which Turkey has made great efforts to improve its relations with its neighbours and to diversify its priorities in terms of international alliances. The speed and virulence with which the regional context is evolving – especially since the Arab spring and the conflict in Syria – has forced Turkey’s diplomacy to revise not only its priorities but also its conceptual architecture.

ISSN: 1696-9979 (edición impresa)
ISSN: 1887-1801 (edición en línea)

Eduard Soler i Lecha, Research Fellow, CIDOB

Date of publication: 07/2012

The external dimension of the eu´s area of freedom security and justice 2012

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Monar Jörg*

While the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) is generally viewed as an internal policy of the European Union, it also has a significant external dimension. Following several initiatives from the European Council, the EU has thus become a global player in areas such as migration policy, the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Indeed, the Treaty of Lisbon intends to enhance the Union’s capacity to act on the international stage, and notably as regards the various aspects of the AFSJ.

This report provides a timely assessment of the impact which the new Treaty is having on the external posture of the EU as regards its fast developing AFSJ. The report is published in the context of the SIEPS research programme on The EU external action and the Treaty of Lisbon and was presented at the seminar The External Dimension of the EU´s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

 
 

*Jörg Monar is Professor and Director of Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and Professor of Contemporary European Studies at the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)

Factsheet: Gender-based violence against women – an EU-wide survey

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28/10/2011 - October 2011

This factsheet provides valuable background information concerning the FRA survey on violence against women.

 

Violence against women continues to be a pressing problem across EU Member States, undermining women's core fundamental rights, such as dignity, access to justice and gender equality. The impact of violence against women reaches far beyond the individuals immediately involved - victim(s) and perpetrator(s) - to affect families, communities and society at large.

In 2011-2012, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will conduct an EU-wide survey on violence against women. This is the first survey of its kind to randomly sample and interview 40,000 women across the 27 EU Member States and Croatia. It will therefore furnish the robust, comparable data that policy makers need to shape informed, targeted policies to combat such violence.

Protecting fundamental rights during the economic crisis

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Following the outburst of the economic crisis in the autumn of 2008, the FRA has monitored the development of the situation from the perspective of fundamental rights.

In 2009, the European Union Member States experienced the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Since December 2008, following the outburst of the economic crisis in the autumn of 2008, the FRA has monitored the development of the situation from the perspective of fundamental rights. The Agency’s observations are based on a variety of sources and focused on phenomena of racism and xenophobia, as well as issues such as unemployment, the situation of vulnerable groups and, to a limited extent, measures taken that affect public spending on social protection.

DISCLAIMER: This working paper was prepared under a service contract with the FRA. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not represent any official view of the FRA.