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    On May 5, 2015, The European Institute, in cooperation with the French Ministry of Interior, convened a workshop on the evolution of terrorist financing with leading experts in the field, including The Honorable Jean-Louis Bruguière, former High Representative of the European EU to the U.S. for the Fight against Financing of Terrorism within the framework of “Terrorism Finance Tracking Program/SWIFT”; Ismael Nevares, Jr., Narcotics and Counterterrorism Director at the IRS’s Criminal Investigations unit; Jean-Baptiste Carpentier, Director of TRACFIN at the French Ministry of Finance; and Jean Denis Pesme, Manager of the Financial Market Integrity team and Coordinator of the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative at the World Bank.

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New EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager Shakes Up Antitrust World

- By Ann Crittenden, independent writer and former New York Times Reporter

anncritt12The press and the public were almost breathless in describing her: “a Goblin under Google’s bed;” “the enforcer;” “a very steely character;” “a tough cookie;” and “Queen Margrethe III” – all descriptions of a 47-year-old Danish politician who has suddenly become the most talked about official in the normally staid European Union bureaucracy.

In three short weeks this spring, Margrethe Vestager, the European antitrust chief, came out swinging, announcing the European Union’s intention, after years of investigation, to call to account some of the wealthiest, most heavily muscled corporations on the face of the earth –many of them American. If it wasn’t quite a match between The Amazon vs. Goliath, it was a reminder that international political power can still challenge multinational economic power in a titanic battle over the rules of the capitalist game.

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Britain Confronts European Policy

- By Geoffrey Paul, Independent London Journalist

geoffpaulphotoLess than 24 hours after his Conservative Party won an unexpected electoral victory, in which Britain's role in Europe played virtually no part, David Cameron found himself confronted on every side with questions about his European policy.

Not one of the major parties put Britain's membership of the European Union anywhere near the centre of its election campaign. It was scarcely discussed. The one party that made a British exit from the EU central to its appeal to voters, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), won only one seat in the new 650-member parliament (despite gaining nearly 14 per cent of the vote, a peculiarity of Britain's voting system).

But the minute the vote was in and Cameron, to his surprise and the blushes of the pollsters, found himself with an overall parliamentary majority of 12, the question was out there in front of the Prime Minister and the nation: what now with his pre-election pledge of a referendum before the end of 2017 on whether Britain should stay in or come out of the European Union?

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European Union Ambassador to U.S. Speaks out on Digital Market Issues

- By European Affairs
 
David OSullivan European Union Ambassador to the United States
Just days before the European Commission releases its ambitious project for a Single Digital Market, the European Union’s Ambassador to the United States, David O’Sullivan, pens a spirited op-ed in Wired Magazine, responding to U.S. fears of an emerging digital fortress in Europe. 
 
 

NATO Enlargement? The Case of Montenegro

- By Robert E. Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1993-98
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 Should the Republic of Montenegro be invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?  That question has now been posed and the Alliance is expected to answer it sometime later this year.
 
The simple answer is “Why not?” Montenegro is certainly eligible under Article 10 of the 1949 NATO Treaty and it is a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe which, since 1996, has defined the group of countries eligible to ask to join NATO. The Alliance is also committed to its so-called “open door” policy, which it regularly reconfirms. And to the extent there are any formal criteria for joining NATO, Montenegro seems to fit the bill. It is a democratic country, it is making economic progress, and it has no territorial claims against neighbors. So, again, the simple answer is “Why not?”

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The Future of the Euro, by Matthias Matthijs and Mark Blyth

- Reviewed by William Marmon, Managing Editor European Affairs, Journal of The European Institute.
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If the creation of the single currency, the euro, is the crowning accomplishment of the European Union and the high water mark toward union in Europe, what does it say about the future of a united Europe that the euro is, after a spectacular initial success, now in “crisis”?  Has, as Michael Mandelbaum, SAIS Professor, suggested at the recent book launch, the sequence of Eurozone crisis events shown on one hand that political unity is necessary for the survival of the euro and on the other hand rendered political union impossible because of the chasm the crisis has created between Northern Europe and the southern and peripheral states?
 
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OUR MUST READS

- Sarah Lemmons

Why Are Germans So Sympathetic to Russia? By Markus Ziener, Non-Resident Fellow at German Marshall Fund of the United States, based in Berlin, published April 21 by GMF. Interesting discussion of why so many Germans are willing to give Russia the benefit of the doubt in the ongoing Ukraine crisis and why continuation of sanctions represents potential political issue for Chancellor Merkel.

 
- Sarah Lemmons

Greece and Sisyphus, When Myths Risk Becoming a Reality, by Alexander Privitera, AICGS. Good sketch of the extremely high stakes at play for the the Greek government, as it seeks to avoid a default and maintain the support of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF. Privitera is a member of the Board of Advisors of the European Institute’s European Affairs Journal.

 
- Natalie Fahey

The Ukrainian Crisis and European Security, Implications for the United States and U.S. Army, published in March by The Rand Corporation. An excellent and up to date summary of the Ukraine crisis and its implications for the U.S. and Europe.

 

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"EU Energy Policy - Challenges & Solutions" with Lithuanian Energy Minister Jaroslav Neverovic in The Lithuanian Tribune: "Energy Minister Neverovic discussed EU Energy Policy in Washington DC" by Virginijus Sinkevicius

The European Institute's event with Julie Brill & Jan Philipp Albrecht on "Data Protection, Privacy & Security" in The Hill: "Overnight Tech: Showdown on Spying" by Kate Tummarello & Brendan Sasso

The European Institute's event on "Data Protection, Privacy & Security: Re-Establishing Trust between Europe & the United States" in POLITICO: "EU to D.C.: Friends 'do not spy on each other'" by Tony Romm & Erin Mershon

The European Institute's event with Natalia Gherman, Foreign Minister of Moldova in Radio Free Europe: "Moldova's Foreign Minister Seeks U.S. Political, Economic Support"   

The Honorable Richard Bruton T.D., Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at The European Institute in The Irish Times: "Multinationals to advise on tax scheme" by Simon Carswell

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