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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’.

This report was launched together with the LSE IDEAS Southern Europe International Affairs Programme|. More on this event can be found here.|

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Executive Summary Translations

German
Überblick|
Translated by Ben Mueller

Italian
Executive Summary|
Translated by Paola Roberta Gioffredi

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

Spanish
Resumen Ejecutivo|
Translated by Marianna Lara-Otaola

 

Contents

Executive Summary|
Eirini Karamouzi

Contributors|

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

 

The LSE IDEAS Southern Europe International Affairs Programme is proudly supported by:

Laskaridis Shipping
Hellenic Petroleum
Elka Shipping

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