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Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin June 2016: Challenges and Prospects for the European Union

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June 2016

Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

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Challenges and Prospects for the European Union

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FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS

This month, the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin turns its attention to the challenges and prospects for the European Union. Featured resources examine the ramifications of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, humanitarian responses and policy options for the refugee and migrant crisis, and political developments in Germany and Austria. Underlying many of these issues is a rising European populism. Read Michael Bröning’s analysis of the public dissatisfaction driving this populist trend around the continent.

 

BREXIT

Political Losses From Brexit Will Be Deep and Enduring
TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS  

TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

 

The United Kingdom’s decision to hold the European Union referendum will go down as one of history’s great blunders, writes CFR president Richard N. Haass. While stock markets will snap back from shock surrounding the referendum results, the political and strategic losses will be deep and enduring. Read more »

 
Britain’s Awful Vote May Be a Tipping Point
 

In assessing the impact of Brexit on global markets, rising populist trends, and geopolitical stability, CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby writes, “the British vote to leave the European Union may come to be seen as a tipping point in global politics, perhaps more consequential than anything since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” Read more »

 
Weighing the Consequences of Brexit
 

Experts discuss how the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union may affect economic growth, financial stability, and foreign policy.  Explore the Expert Roundup »

 

REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Responding to the Migrant Crisis in the Middle East
 

David Miliband, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee, Peter Wittig, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States, and Lisa Anderson, former president of the American University in Cairo, discuss efforts to assist refugees and those displaced by the turmoil in the Middle East. View “Inside the Migrant Jungle,” a photo gallery from ForeignAffairs.com »

 
The Global Migration and Refugee Crisis
 
MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS  

MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS

 

Ongoing violence in many countries across the world has forced more people from their homes than at any time since World War II. U.S. Department of State’s Anne C. Richard discusses the scope of the global migration and refugee crisis, the humanitarian response, and policy options moving forward. Listen to the conversation »

 
Securing Europe’s Borders
 

Matteo Garavoglia of the Brookings Institution writes that before a pan-European asylum policy can be established, Europe’s borders must be secured. He advocates a “concentric circles” approach: outside Europe, at Europe’s borders themselves, and within Europe’s borders. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
Europe’s Lousy Deal With Turkey
 

A German-Turkish plan to stem the tide of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe has been criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. In this ForeignAffairs.com articleMegan Greene of Manulife Asset Management and R. Daniel Kelemen of Rutgers University argue that this deal with Turkey will, at best, only slow or redirect the flow of migrants. Instead they support a plan involving a common European external border and unified asylum policy. Read more »

 

SPOTLIGHT ON GERMANY & AUSTRIA

Germany’s New Global Role
 

In this Foreign Affairs article, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reflects on the transformation of Germany’s global role over the past two decades, and its current foreign policy leadership in the European Union. Read more »

 
Austria’s Close Call
 

On May 23, Norbert Hofer, a candidate from Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, lost the presidential election by only 31,000 votes. William Drozdiak of the Brookings Institution writes that the rise of the Freedom Party fits the broader trend of growing right-wing populism in Europe, largely fueled by the influx of refugees into the continent. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
The Strongwoman of Europe
 
RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS  

RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS

 

Claire Greenstein of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Luce Scholar Brandon Tensley assess Germany’s leadership in the European Union and Chancellor Merkel’s foreign policy strategy with regard to the refugee crisis, trade, and Russia’s geopolitical ambitions. Watch this CFR Power Profile on Angela Merkel »

 

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ABOUT CFR'S RELIGION AND FOREIGN POLICY INITIATIVE

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative connects religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers with CFR's resources on U.S. foreign policy and provides a forum for this community to discuss a broad range of pressing international issues. For more information, please contact McCourt Noonan, associate director for the National Program & Outreach, at 212.434.9848 or outreach@cfr.org.

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