Intervening in domestic affairs? This must be a European standard

Taking part in the Pristina  panel on “The Future of the Euro-Atlantic Community in Uncertain Times: Where Are We Headed?” I made clear, that the Copenhagen EU accession criteria (democratic governance, human rights, functioning market economy) must be a model of…

The case for common rules for EU democracy

The initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to reform the outdated European electoral law is a positive move. A reform of the European electoral system and the rules governing the European parties is necessary to strengthen the link…

12 Days Lebanon for a European Dummy

So here I go! 12 days ahead for me in the Lebanon. I try to get an inside view into Relief & Reconciliation for Syria, a small but fine NGO which provides humanitarian aid to those who are affected by the Syrian crisis in…

#PublicDiplomacyEU instead of diplomatic statism!

Use a wide range of social forces to achieve European integration! Germany needs “the will to play a key strategic role”. And “Germany’s leadership role” is supposed to “revitalise Europe”. This review process has great expectations of German foreign policy in…