Frances Burwell

  • Burwell on Europe's Ongoing Migrant Crisis

    Vice President for European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell joins NPR's The Diane Rehm Show to discuss Europe's ongoing migrant and refugee crisis and the future of open borders:

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  • In Greece, It’s Splitsville for Syriza

    Greek voters will line up behind Alexis Tsipras in next election, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell

    Greek voters will rally behind Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who lost part of his Syriza party August 21 after he was forced by creditors to abandon his anti-austerity stance, says the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    “My guess is that the Greek people will opt to remain in the eurozone and will vote for mainstream Syriza,” said Burwell, who is the Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council.

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  • In Greece, It’s the End of Syriza as We Know It

    Elections will produce split in ruling party, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ decision to resign and call snap elections in an attempt to shore up support for a harsh bailout package will split his leftist party, says the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    Syriza has been a “broken party” since Tsipras backed away from the anti-austerity platform that brought him to power seven months ago, said Burwell, who is the Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council.

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  • Burwell on Serbia in the European Union

    Vice President of European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell joins Voice of America to discuss the implications of Serbian membership in the European Union:

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  • Assessing the Iran Deal

    Nuclear agreement will have ‘strategic cost’ for US alliances in the Middle East, says Retired Adm. Stavridis

    The nuclear deal reached July 14 that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief will have a significant impact on the United States’ alliances in the Middle East, says retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

    “I think you are going to see a great deal of strategic cost to the United States in our alliance structures in the region,” Stavridis said at the Atlantic Council July 14.

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  • Deal will 'Weaken' Greece's Tsipras

    Domestic Politics Weighed Heavily on Greek Negotiations, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell

    The terms of an agreement between Greece and its Eurozone creditors are tough, but there is an implicit recognition that austerity alone is not the answer, says the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    “There needs to be solidarity within the Eurozone and one has to keep working to keep all Eurozone members in,” said Burwell, Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council.

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  • Tsipras’ Own Goal or Brilliant Maneuver? The Next Days will Reveal…

    The “no” vote has won the day in Greece with a larger than expected majority of 61.5 percent.  Energetic campaigning by the Greek government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, convinced the public to reject the (already expired) offer of bailout terms from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.  A weak Greek opposition and unfortunate absenteeism on the part of European leaders meant that the “yes” campaign had no real leadership.  As a result, the road forward is even less clear now than it was before the referendum.  Does this mean that “Grexit” is now inevitable? Will Greece leave the Eurozone and perhaps even the EU, as predicted by many who feared the “no” vote?  Will Greece now secure an agreement from its creditors “within an hour” as promised by then Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis?  The most likely answer to both of those questions is “probably not.”  In keeping with the European tendency for talk and grudging compromise rather than decisive actions, we can expect to see renewed discussions between Greece and its creditors in the coming days. The question is whether an agreement can be reached before the slow-motion crash of the Greek banking system becomes unrecoverable.

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  • Ukraine’s Success Will Have ‘Huge Implications’ for Entire Region

    EU official: ‘Russia recognizes that we are not looking to gain territories’

    Describing Ukraine as an “international issue,” a top European Union official said June 4 that turning the country into a success story will have “huge implications for the whole region.”

    “Russia recognizes we are not looking to gain territories. We are looking to have peace, stability, and prosperity in the neighborhood,” Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said at the Atlantic Council.

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  • Eastern Partnership: Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the Way Forward After Riga

    Please join us on June 4, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a discussion with Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, on the EU's efforts to move forward after Riga and an outlook on what was achieved at the Eastern Partnership summit.

    Note: Due to technical difficulties, we will not be able to webcast this event. A video of the event will be made available after the event’s conclusion.



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  • A Transatlantic Approach to Europe’s East: Relaunching the Eastern Partnership

    On May 20-21, 2015, European leaders will gather for the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia, to discuss the future of Europe's East. Given the extreme challenges faced by the countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) since the last summit, in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2013, and the cooling of EU relations with several of the Eastern Partners, the upcoming meeting will surely pose tough questions for the future of the entire eastern framework.

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