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?
The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.
Reducing the role of the EU institutions in foreign policy making has severely dented the union’s standing, credibility, and influence in the Arab world and beyond.
With the current liberal world order under threat, it is high time the EU fine-tuned the ways in which it defends its core principles.
Germany’s approach to managing the Ukraine crisis has been fairly successful in limiting Russian meddling. But the confrontation between the West and Russia is far from over.
The EU needs to look beyond nuclear negotiations and develop a comprehensive strategy for dealing with Iran.
Turkey faces the challenge of recalibrating its policy toward Syria given the Assad regime’s resilience and gradual recovery of international legitimacy.
The Syrian conflict has recently become a major source of concern for Europe, but it could still be overshadowed by an escalation of tensions in Ukraine.
Rising democracies are becoming key players in global democracy promotion, but they often struggle to detach the external support they provide from their own transition experiences.
How Europeans can foster a more productive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reinvigorate the stalled peace process.
The EU has made mistakes in Ukraine, but its overall strategy is sound. With more targeted, effective policies, Europe can bring about a positive outcome to the crisis.
Russia’s actions in Ukraine are forcing Europeans to reconsider long-held assumptions about their relations with Russia. It is time for the EU to get tough with the Kremlin.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming Brussels visit signals a concerted Chinese effort to support the role of the EU as a major global actor in international affairs.
Germany is a powerful nation, but that power is confined by a number of factors. Going forward, Germany must embrace its strength and become the confident leader that Europe needs.