The Meeting in Brussels was held in the framework of the Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN), which was established by the FES in 2003 and continues to be an important forum for Israeli-European policy exchange. The Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN) works under the direction of the Israel Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and its partners, the MACRO Center for Political Economics, Tel Aviv and the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich, Germany. Experts and politicians from Israel and the EU discuss current social, economic and security issues that affect Israeli-European relations, and prepare policy recommendations to strengthen cooperation and deepen Israeli-European dialogue.
The Annual meeting of the Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN) was intended to present several ideas as to the direction Israel is heading after the March 2015 elections and learn more about the manner in which the election results in Israel affect Israeli-European relations, including future elections. Furthermore, achievements, limits and shortcomings of the EU’s involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were discussed, focusing in particular on convergence among EU member states policies and the complex dynamics of EU-US relations in the Middle East.
In both sessions Statements from EU and Israeli perspectives were presented.
The Paper was edited by: Prof. Dr. Stephan Stetter, Dr. Roby Nathanson, Itamar Gazala and Jan Busse.
We are pleased to publish the Papers presented at the last IEPN Conference for your information:
“Israel and Europe: Flashpoints on the Horizon” by Joel Peters, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
“Tensions on the rise: Israel’s right-wing government and the EU” by Muriel Asseburg, SWP Berlin