A Schuman plan for the eastern Mediterranean

by Anna Diamantopoulou President of DIKTIO ECFR Council Member The EU should look to its own history as it aims to secure its own interests and resolve tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. The United States’ geopolitical retreat and China’s growing aggressiveness, together with the latter’s normative incapacity to lead, should impel Europe to adopt a…

FEPS General Assembly 2020

DIKTIO participated in the annual General Assembly of the members of FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies). About 60 member organizations and observers – members from all over Europe, discussed the progressive agenda on which all actions of FEPS are based, while members voted to approval of the 2019 accounts and annual report, report on…

Five ways that the coronavirus should transform the EU

Anna Diamantopoulou President of DIKTIO; ECFR Council Member; Former European Commissioner and Minister The European Commission’s response to the coronavirus faces at least five fundamental challenges – all of which create significant opportunities for Europe. When I joined the European Commission, the first rule I learnt related to the mantra “the country I know best”.…

A Covid-19 conversation with Dr Harvey Fineberg

A COVID-19 CONVERSATION: PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE An online discussion on Covid-19 and its impact in the global level organized by DIKTIO held on 24th of April. Dr. Harvey Fineberg, a former dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, Provost of Harvard University and President of Institute of Medicine, is the Chair of the Standing Committee on…

What Now? What Next?

Christian Leffler, Former Deputy Secretary General of the EU External Action Service Upon retiring from public service, I left Brussels early March for a family break in New Zealand. Little did I know, or even imagine, that we would return, three weeks later, to a radically transformed reality. Self-isolation was not on the agenda when…

I. Krastev: Seven early lessons from the coronavirus

Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies Member of DIKTIO’s International Advisory Council The Covid-19 crisis will dramatically reshape the EU’s response to all other crises it has faced in the last decade. “What strange days we are living in”, a Spanish friend wrote to me yesterday – and strange they are. We…