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Pol MORILLAS, Thomas GOMART, Ferdinando NELLI FEROCI, George PAGOULATOS, Charles POWELL, Nuno SEVERIANO TEIXEIRA, (dir.) with , Dorothée SCHMID

What Role Should Southern Europe Play After the Pandemic and the War in Ukraine? Towards a Shared Agenda for EU Reform Notes de l'Ifri, April 2022

Relations between southern European member states have often been marked by a loose cooperation or, worse, by logics of competition. Precisely when regional groupings within the European Union are increasingly shaping the agenda, these dynamics have hindered the capacity of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain to pursue shared interests and objectives, while acting as a force for good for the European integration project. Recent events such as the post-pandemic recovery or the war in Ukraine show that, when cooperation occurs, positive results can be achieved.

Southern member states can capitalize on a certain ideological affinity and a pro-European vision, despite their governments belonging to different political groups. They share converging interests in the areas of fiscal policy and economic governance, strategic autonomy in energy and technology and even foreign policy priorities, particularly towards the Mediterranean and relations with other global powers. This joint publication by six southern European think tanks identifies several policy areas for fruitful cooperation between southern European member states.
Authors : Pol Morillas, Director (CIDOB) (coord.); Thomas Gomart, Director (Ifri); Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, President (IAI); George Pagoulatos, Director (ELIAMEP); Charles Powell, Director, Real Instituto Elcano; Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Director (IPRI-NOVA)
Co-authors : Filippa Chatzistavrou, Research Fellow, ELIAMEP; Carme Colomina, Research Fellow, CIDOB; Patricia Daehnhardt, Integrated Researcher, IPRI-NOVA; Francesca Leso, Research Assistant, CIDOB; Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst, Real Instituto Elcano; Hector Sanchez Margalef, Researcher, CIDOB; Dorothée Schmid, Senior Research Fellow, Ifri; Asli Selin Okyay, Senior Fellow, IAI; Eduard Soler i Lecha, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB
What Role Should Southern Europe Play After the Pandemic and the War in Ukraine? Towards a Shared Agenda for EU Reform
European neighborhood policy European Southern Neighbourhood European Union (EU) Strategic autonomy France Greece Italy Portugal Southern Europe Spain