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A Strategy for Southern Europe

Over the last five years Southern Europe has experienced widespread economic, political and social upheaval of almost existential proportion. Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, stricken by the Eurozone crisis and the aftershocks of the Arab Spring, face uncertain futures. This report examines the challenges confronting Southern Europe and seeks to explore the potential benefits the countries of the region could gain if they cooperated more closely and developed common policy responses in the areas of migration, maritime security, energy and defence.

Through differing approaches, all contributors affirm the need for ‘more Europe’, but argue that further integration requires interconnected initiatives and holistic approaches. First, Southern European countries must overcome their reluctance to using the existing mechanisms of the EU, which offer significant benefits in the areas of maritime security, energy, defence and migration policy. In parallel, Northern European countries must avoid exacerbating the North-South divide and show a fuller appreciation of the wider benefits of a prosperous Southern Europe to the whole of the EU. They should facilitate processes whereby Southern European countries are able to ‘help themselves’.


Executive Summary Translations

Translated by Ben Mueller

Translated by Dr Dionysios Chourchoulis

Executive Summary
Translated by Paola Roberta Gioffredi

Translated by Dr Rui Lopes. See more on our Special Report Launch in Lisbon.

Resumen Ejecutivo
Translated by Marianna Lara-Otaola


Executive Summary
Eirini Karamouzi


The Making of Southern Europe: An Historical Overview
Effie Pedaliu

Southern Europe’s Role After the Arab Spring: Winning Back Voice and Access
Sarah Wolff

Macroeconomic Policies That Will Help Southern Europe
Paul De Grauwe

The Security of the Mediterranean Sea
Michael Codner

Southern Europe Defence in Times of Austerity
Nuno Severiano Teixeira and Ana Santos Pinto

Energy as a Source of Recovery in Southern European Economies
Christopher Coats

Migration Policy in Southern Europe: Challenges, Constraints and Prospects
Anna Triandafyllidou

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