The time for reflection has come

(B2) Dear loyal readers of this blog. As you will have noticed, the number of articles has become scarce lately. For three main reasons.

Most of the news is now covered by our edition Club B2 Pro. This edition took off, first as a test, then as a more elaborate formula, and has now found its cruising speed. We thus always publish 3 to 4 articles per day on average, 6 days out of 7, not to mention the hundreds of news listed in our three weekly watch diaries, on all aspects of European geopolitics. With only a team of four permanent journalists, and the reinforcement of one or two freelancers, the prowess is prodigious on a daily basis. All this without a single gram of subsidy, patronage or sponsorship! We cannot multiply our efforts ad infinitum. And it is important to focus our efforts on those who give their resources to B2. NB: faithful to our tradition, we will however always keep a few open access articles (they are in the section B).

If you are not yet, you can subscribe, it's here. For students and universities, a master formula very interesting has been developed which makes the Pro formula very accessible.

European Union missions and operations (of the CSDP), which have been at the heart of the blog from the beginning, have lost their importance. Some operations are completed; their goal achieved. Others have transformed to become sustainable, but are far from their initial objective, or are experiencing nagging difficulties. Some hold on, come what may. But it is a fact: to achieve its objective of stabilization in its neighborhood and fulfill its global role, the European Union today uses a completely different range of instruments (sanctions, defense funds, peace facility, policy of armament), very far from the spirit of the original CSDP.

Finally, he is time to thoroughly review the concept. After fourteen years of almost daily work, it is necessary to find a new breath. The blogging system has aged. Social networks (twitter, linkedin, etc.) have taken their place. It is therefore important to regenerate the model.

Le daily geopolitics European seen by B2 continues, and itis here.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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