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European Think Tanks Group - Memo to the new EU leadership

The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) brings together five leading European international development think tanks, the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), the Instituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (Iddri). In 2010, the ETTG published a report addressed to a new leadership in the European Union titled: "New Challenges, New Beginnings - Next Steps in European Development Cooperation".  In 2014, welcoming a new generation of European leaders, we again call attention to the importance of a global perspective in European policy-making. In the report: "In our common interest: Why Europe's problems need global solutions and the world's problems need European action" we make the case for joined-up thinking across the institutions and policies of the EU to address five global challenges: climate change; poverty and inequality; trade and financial policy; conflict and security and democracy and human rights.

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Website of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG)


Open letter of the ETTG directors to Federica Mogherini


Cover: ETTG Brief 11/2017

Can the EU prioritise both the African Union and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group?
Keijzer, Niels / Alfonso Medinilla
ETTG Brief, November 2017


Report of the event "The future of EU External Action ‐ towards integrated policy responses for global sustainable development?"


The European Union’s Global Strategy: Making support for democracy and human rights a key priority
Hackenesch, Christine / Clare Castillejo (2016)
European Think Tanks Group


The European Union’s global strategy: putting sustainable development at the heart of EU external action
Gavas, Mikaela / Christine Hackenesch / Svea Koch / James Mackie / Simon Maxwell (2016)
European Think Tanks Group


Interview of Cristina Barrios (EUISS) with BMZ State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn at EDDs 2015