As populism has grown in many EU countries, demands have proliferated for referenda to check European integration. The pressure for more direct democracy is stepping up.
The Syrian refugee crisis is no longer a short-term regional issue: it is a long-term international problem that deserves a coordinated answer, especially from the EU.
The EU needs to remold its support for fundamental political reform in Eastern Partnership partner states—and use this as a firmer base from which to assuage tensions with Russia.
The EU’s perspective and action are clearly global in nature. However, the scope of the union’s international ambitions remains uncertain.
Tunisia’s government has a rocky road ahead. Along the way, the country can look to the West—in particular, to the EU—for support.
The Ukraine crisis has revealed both the strengths of German foreign policy—diplomatic skill and economic power—and its weakness—a lack of military muscle.
European policymakers have been using trade policy as a substitute for security policy. That is ineffective, and it is time to reset the balance between the two.
A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for a more effective EU policy in an unraveling region.
The EU’s approach to the post-Soviet space has failed. The union and its member states need to design a new Eastern policy that puts Eastern Europe, not Russia, first.
Although it did not pass, the Scottish referendum on independence will have repercussions for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and perhaps even further afield.
Western policy on Belarus should be both principled and capable of adapting to slowly changing realities on the ground—before polarization gets the better of the country.
The EU is afflicted by several splits, from a deep economic divide to a sharp populist rift. Broadening its membership to the entire continent would help address them all.
If a nuclear deal is not reached, Tehran is ready to try to win the world over to its side. The transatlantic allies need to carefully manage the possible fallout from failure.
Austria is arguably more conflict averse than any other European country, and that makes for a difficult balancing act between East and West.
The EU’s understandable priority in Gaza is to contain further violence. But the union also needs a deeper policy that addresses the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Islamic State is posing an unprecedented type of threat to the West, especially to European states. The European Union must respond by focusing on five key priorities.
The EU made a mistake when it compromised with Russia and delayed the implementation of its free trade agreement with Ukraine.
The escalating sanctions have served as a warning shot to Moscow. But sanctions can only become meaningful if they are part of a wider strategy.
A reshuffled EU leadership and a new Turkish presidency could provide a much-needed opportunity for a revamped EU-Turkey relationship.
The EU and Russia are fighting over their joint neighborhood, and the stakes are too high for either side to back down. Can they bridge their divides?