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.
Europe could play a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process if it musters the political courage to apply its own foreign policy values to the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
Mainstreaming Asia within the strategic thinking of the EU could provide new solutions to global challenges.
Europe must think and act in a unified strategic manner if it wants to save its struggling currency and strengthen its military and government capabilities.
Angela Merkel hopes that the Eurozone crisis will bring about greater economic and political union for Europe, and she is acting to drive public debate to reach the same conclusion.
After their experience in the campaign in Libya, Europeans will have to decide to either develop a unified security and defense identity or, given recent expenses and difficulties, abandon such efforts altogether.
If Europe is to strengthen its global influence, it must first deepen partnerships across its neighborhood.
If Europe wants to be a strategic actor and ensure the security of its citizens, it must undertake measures to reshape its economy.
The leaders of the European Union should begin an open dialogue to increase Europe’s global engagement and seek a new strategic unity with the United States.
Europe’s future demands more integration, backed up by the interests of a maximum number of Europeans, not greater centralized bureaucracy.
Europe should not ignore its still formidable military power and its historical ties to certain parts of the developing world in an attempt to build a new, soft, Brussels-based power.
Europe must develop a strategic sense of itself, its influence, and its dependence on the global economy if it is to achieve stability and cohesion at home and play an active role abroad.