June 2016

Slovak ambassador: We’ll firm up our EU Presidency priorities after Brexit vote

By Karolina Zbytniewska, Krzysztof Kokoszczynski

Slovakia’s final agenda for its first EU Council Presidency will be adopted at the last moment, says Dušan Krištofík, the Slovak Ambassador to Poland. The reason is the British referendum on EU membership, which “will have a major impact on the Union” whichever way it goes, he told EurActiv Poland.

The Iranian Moment and Turkey

By Gökhan Bacik

Turkey is in a critical position as a consequence of both its proximity to multiple crises and its unique exposure to deteriorating security relationships in both the south and the east. It must keep regional conflicts from further undermining the country’s internal security. It must also strengthen ties to NATO and EU partners whose demands on Turkey are set to increase, but whose cooperation will be essential to meet proliferating regional security threats. The prevailing atmosphere of mutual suspicion between Ankara and its Western allies suggests that this will not be an easy task. But relations with Turkey are set to become the most critical in NATO.