As the world order evolves, Europe must continue to nurture and fortify its strategic partnerships, both in its neighborhood and worldwide.
To maintain global stability and prosperity, the EU should commit to strengthening efforts in widening and deepening its neighborhood.
Europe has key political, security, and economic roles to play in helping to consolidate the positive aspirations of its southern neighbors in the Middle East and North Africa.
Extending the customs union between Turkey and the EU to countries in the Middle East and North Africa would make establishing a free trade area across the Mediterranean much simpler and eliminate disincentives to trade and investment.
The absence of rampant nationalism is an essential prerequisite to any common European identification and pursuit of common strategic aims.
In order for Europe to become a more efficient global actor, it must strengthen its political leadership and better identify its interests.
The harsh verdict for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrates that Ukraine’s leadership prioritizes removing the opposition’s strongest candidate before parliamentary elections above good relations with the West.
The route for a future strategic Europe lies in forging or strengthening alliances and partnerships, treating partners as partners, and intensifying constructive dialogue.
There can be no effective foreign policy or external projection for Europe unless the core economic strength and vitality of the continent are restored.
The greatest contribution Europe can make to strategic global affairs would be to reaffirm its singular model of a peaceful political, economic, and cultural integration.
Given the severity of the challenges facing Italy today—stagnating productivity, slow growth, and rising debt—and the country’s systemic importance, it is not unreasonable to ask whether Italy should stay in the euro.
In order to become a more competitive global actor, it is crucial that the EU first stabilize its economy and achieve a period of sustained growth.
While Europe and the United States may not always agree on foreign policy strategies, the EU has proven itself a valuable ally for Washington and a strategic actor in its own right.
The EU needs to decide on clear foreign policy priorities if it wants to generate a sense of purpose for the European External Action Service.
The EU needs to develop a real foreign policy and adopt a more political and differentiated approach to its southern neighborhood.
While the Eastern Partnership summit is unlikely to deliver many positive results, there are still important lessons that leaders from both sides can take away from the summit.
Europe must be able to define and implement a strategic role for itself in the global arena, confident of its capabilities and values, aware of its interests, and able to define its parameters.
If the EU wants to get serious about using its soft power to defend human rights, it should keep an eye on the burgeoning civil societies in its greater neighborhood.
The EU must learn how to overcome the current economic crisis before it can hope to successfully implement the Lisbon Treaty and strengthen its foreign policy.
Successful foreign and security policies require the backing of a united European society that must learn to adapt to changing global realities.