Bianca Baumler, senior consultant to the EU on public diplomacy, offers an insider's view on how the bloc shapes hearts and minds.
The Chancellor of Germany received the award for embodying "the best of leadership in times of unrelenting global crises and challenges."
How does the EU's external environmental policy play out in the international sphere?
In 2016, for the first time, the EU adopted a “Strategy for international cultural relations” that focuses on advancing cultural cooperation with partner countries across three main strands: supporting culture and education as engines for sustainable social and economic development; promoting intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations; and reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage.
Estonia has carved out a niche as a startup hub and a friendly environment for foreign businesses. Its biggest innovation, however, lies in e-government. Citizens of this tiny Baltic nation can conduct almost every encounter with the state online. [...] These achievements have made e-government a potent source of soft power for Estonia.