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Roundtable: Pressing Issues for the Transatlantic Partners as a Result of the Ukraine Crisis August 01, 2014 / Berlin, Germany

While participants appeared appreciative of the new US and European sanction regime towards Russia, they also acknowledged that many questions remain open such as the odds of finding a political solution, how to cooperate with the oligarchs and Ukrainian civil society on stabilizing and transforming Ukraine and how far the western governments would be willing to go in order to avoid a military option.

BUILD: Bilbao Urban Innovation Leadership Dialogues July 30, 2014

This video wraps up the conference with interviews from participants explaining why they found BUILD an engaging, useful, informative experience. #GMFBUILD

BUILD: Creative Leadership Underpins Urban Development July 25, 2014

In this video, participants from GMF's and Bilbao International's first BUILD discuss themes related to leadership and urban transformation.

EU should expand its Iran policy January 10, 2013 / Fabrizio Tassinari
European Voice


This article was first published in the European Voice. Read the full article here (subscription required).

European diplomatic circles have coalesced around a two-fold consensus on Iran's nuclear programme: firstly, the regime of Western sanctions on the Islamic republic is, at last, working and, secondly, the European Union has played a bold role in crafting it.

On both counts, the consensus is largely justified. The EU does seem to have squared the circle of its Iran policy. US and EU sanctions – targeting Iranian banks, trade and gas exports – are crippling the Iranian economy and severely eroding Tehran's negotiating position. The EU policy, spearheaded by the so-called E3 of France, Britain and Germany, is remarkably co-ordinated and has lent weight to the role of chief international negotiator given by the UN Security Council to Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief. Iran has become an example of ‘effective multilateralism', a practical realisation of the rule-based international system.

Fabrizio Tassinari is the head of foreign policy and EU studies at the Danish Institute for International Studies and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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